Aussie couple builds off-grid mobile home with 2 containers



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Paul Chambers had began building a home out of two shipping containers as a project, but when his wife got tired of suburbia and put their four-bedroom home on the market, his project became the couple’s full-time home (Paul’s ebook: www.buildshippingcontainerhous­e.com)

Paul and Sarah Chambers were living in rural Scotland when Paul received a job offer in Australia. They packed their belongings and moved to a large home with a pool in an Australian suburb. After only a few months, they began to tire of spending so much of their income on their home. They also felt they’d lost touch with nature and a more active lifestyle (“there weren’t even any trails for walking”, explains Sarah).

So they sold their home and moved with Paul’s “project”: two shipping containers he’d been transforming into a kitchen/bathroom + bedroom/living room. They found someone willing to let them park their new home on their rural property in exchange for making improvements to the land.

When the couple first moved onto the property, the home was a very simple shelter and over the following three years, they built the containers into a proper home.

Their home is completely off the electric and water grids. When they first moved to the bush they used a 3kw Honda generator, but they’ve since installed 2Kw of photovoltaic panels and a bank of batteries and phased out the generator. They have enough energy to power their home with all its conventional appliances, including a standard fridge/freezer. For heating, they rely on firewood (collected from fallen trees on the property; they have “not cut down a single tree”). For air conditioning, they use fans and AC “during really hot days”.

In the beginning they had to rely on water deliveries, but Paul has since installed an extensive rainwater capture setup- both on the roof and gutters beneath the home- which provides for all their water needs: 65 square metres of rain water collection in 10,000 liters of storage. The indoor bathroom includes a shower, but Paul built an outdoor, open air bathtub which they heat with solar in the summertime.

They’ve also created an extensive vegetable garden inside a netted garden cage (after the animals and hot sun destroyed their first attempts). For eggs, they have two hen houses.

Paul has published an ebook explaining how he built the home including a step-by-step guide: buying and moving shipping containers, a wiring diagram and schematics, installing solar panels and a breakdown of costs.

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Overview of Entire Off-Grid Solar System for Whole House



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Over the last year I have built an off grid solar system. This system is capable of powering my entire house and garage. This video is a brief tour and overview of the whole system. If you want to know any further details then check out my previous videos

The array is 4.3kw LG 365 watt solar panels, PV. They are combined using a Midnite Solar combiner box. This goes through conduit to my DIY powerwall. First the solar power goes to a Victron MPPT Charge Controller, 250/100. After that it comes out as high amps, 48 volt DC. The power feeds to my batteries through large bus bars I made myself. The batteries are salvaged, used Chevy Volt lithium batteries, Gen 2. The battery is 18.4 kwh, but I can use about 14.3 kwh from that.

After the batteries the DC power is supplied to an inverter through 4/0 cable and a 250 amp breaker. The inverter is an Aims, 6000 watt model. It inverters the 48 VDC electricity into 120/240 VAC (alternating current) split-phase.

From the inverter I can power my whole house through the generator port and transfer switch. If I don’t want to power my house, I can still use the inverter independently.

The system is safely bonded to a ground rod.

Thanks for watching. If you want to know more details please look at my channel. There are tons of videos showing the whole build.

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Woman Living Fully Off-Grid for 2 Years in a Tiny Yurt



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Beige has been living fully off-grid in Canada in her small yurt for over 2 years. She has no electricity, she uses a wood stove for heat, and to cook. Her tiny home can’t be accessed by car so she hauls in all of her spring water, wood, and food on foot.

We spent a couple of days getting to know Beige and we were inspired by her dedication to live a lifestyle that is in line with her values. She works hard every single day to get her food, water, and wood, in addition to helping out on the farm where her yurt is set up, and working as a nature mentor with local children.

She’s also incredibly curious and fearless when it comes to trying new things and developing new skills that will help her in her off-grid lifestyle. She grows a lot of her own vegetables, and she’s learning about plant medicine – she plants, harvests, and mixes a lot of her own tinctures.

For refrigeration, she has a cooler that sits below the floor so that it touches the ground and stays cool. Her toilet is a hole in the ground outside with a pallet over top of it. She showers at yoga studios in the winter, and she swims in the spring/summer/fall.

For light, she uses candles, and she charges her phone in her car on her way to and from work.

She has her yurt set up on a friend’s farm, tucked away in a wooded area that gives her privacy, although a neighbour has complained so she is in the process of deciding if she will get a permit or move the yurt elsewhere.

While living off-grid in her yurt has been an incredible experience for Beige, she also acknowledges that it’s a very difficult lifestyle that could be made easier if she could live among other people who are off-grid as well so they could exchange

Beige bought her yurt from Groovy Yurts and you can check them out here:

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Off-grid Tiny House Comes With A Drawbridge Style Deck | Lovely Tiny House



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OFF-GRID TINY HOUSE COMES WITH A DRAWBRIDGE STYLE DECK

Canadian green living proponent Greenmoxie recently completed its first tiny house. The firm is off to a strong start, and alongside some impressive off-grid technology the eponymous dwelling includes novel features you don’t usually expect to see in a tiny house – most notably an electric drawbridge-style deck.

The Greenmoxie Tiny House comprises a total floorspace of 340 sq ft (31.5 sq m), and is based on a triple-axle trailer. Its siding consists of cedar that’s treated in the Japanese Shou Sugi Ban technique of charring wood to preserve it. Other notable materials include hardwood oak flooring, reclaimed barn wood ceilings, and reclaimed windows.

Access to the house is gained via a door with combination lock, but you won’t even get that far without first lowering the drawbridge deck. This allows the tiny house to remain a reasonable length for towing but extend when stationary to provide a generous outdoor area. Lowering and raising the deck is handled by an electric winch system.

Inside, the layout is primarily on one level, except for a bedroom loft that’s accessed by a storage-integrated staircase. The lounge, which has a large couch, movable table, and ample storage space, leads to the kitchen. A sliding barn-style door offers access to the bathroom, which includes a shower, sink, and composting toilet.

Heating comes from both a small wood-burning stove and a propane-powered heater. A heat recovery ventilation system is also installed.

A 1 kW roof-mounted solar array is reported to meet all electricity needs and is hooked up to a battery system. In addition to a grey water system, rainwater is collected and purified for drinking.

Energy-efficient LED lighting is installed throughout the home and insulation is spray foam. The roof and walls have an R-rating of R-35, while the floor is rated to R-22.

We’ve no exact price for this model, but Greenmoxie says it is somewhere in the region of US$75,000, which is roughly in line with other luxury tiny houses, such as the Moon Dragon and Alpha.

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Gorgeous High-End Modern Off-Grid Tiny Home with Solar Panels & Open Lay-Out Interior



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Designer builds efficient off-grid Passive House in Colorado



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Twenty years ago Andrew Michler bought a $60,000 solar shack in the Colorado mountains that “immediately fell apart” and inspired two decades of experiments in off-grid living. Today, he and his wife live in the reconfigured shack and he has turned a former shed on the property into an ultra low-consuming Passive House (Passivhaus).

“Passive House is an international building standard that focuses on how to reduce energy consumption in building by about 90% and they did it by physics really it wasn’t developed by builders it was developed by physicists,” explains Michler. “Everything how a building interacts with its environment, the thermal dynamics of how heat transfers through materials, the way that energy is produced in the building, how solar gains come into the building or are avoided in a building so this entire building is basically designed in a spreadsheet.”

The home is shaped in a wedge which helps with passive solar orientation and also helps avoid unnecessary surface area and heat loss. The wedge also contributes to an unconventional open plan interior which includes a hanging net bed.

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Simple & Easy Camper Van Solar Power for Off-Grid Van Life



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Check out the super simple solar power set-up we installed on our new camper van roof! If you’re interested in the Kodiak, get 20% off with our ‘exploringsolar’ discount code:

Our ‘exploringsolar’ discount code works for all Inergy products, not just the Kodiak solar generator.

We built our own roof rack using 1″ square aluminum tubing from Home Depot, and solar panel z mounting brackets. We thought about using VHB tape to install the panels but weren’t sure how strong it would be, and opted to use the pre-drilled roof rack holes in the Ford Transit to ensure the panels were safely secured.

We had space for 2 x 100 watt panels on the roof, but would have loved to install a 3rd panel if there was room (the Maxxair fan made it a bit too tight).

Once the panels were installed, the system is literally plug and play. And if our panels aren’t generating enough electricity to charge the Kodiak, we have a 12-volt charging cable that we can plug into the van to charge while we drive. There’s also a wall adaptor for anyone who’s got a home base to charge up their Kodiak from home.

We don’t often accept products for review, but this genuinely seemed like a useful product for our own conversion, and we thought it might be for other alternative spaces. We made sure to test it out for a few months before installing it in the van, and before making a video about it.

Full disclaimer, the Kodiak and the solar panels were sent to us for free, and we earn an affiliate fee for each Kodiak that is sold using our discount code.

We’re huge fans of solar power for mobile and off-grid applications so whatever system you choose to install, we wish you all the best!

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How to install 4100 Watt Solar Panel Array: Solar Off-Grid System Installation Video 22



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Installation of an array of 18 230Watt Solar Panels, wired in 6 series or “strings” of 3 panels each. These panels were mounted to roof with a UniSolar Rail Mounting System. We have used “weebs” to ground the panels to the rail and ran a grounding wire to connect the rails.

System specs and major component parts:
48Volt Nominal System
4100Watt Solar Array (18 x 230Watt SoPray Polycrystalline Photovoltaic Solar Panels)
4400Watt 48V Magnum Pure-Sine Inverter,
Outback FM80 80Amp Charge Controller with MPPT
16 x L-16 6V Deep Cycle Batteries
Main Enclosure Panel (Custom API E-Panel)
MidNite Solar 6 String Combiner Box
UniSolar Roof Rack and Fast Jack Mounting

**Solar power arrays and components are designed to be installed by professionals. They are Dangerous electrical instruments. Misuse could result in injury or death. Please do not try this at home.

#20 Electrical Panel Installation In OFF-GRID Cabin



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Follow along as Josh gets to work driving ground rods and wiring up the panel for our off-grid home!

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