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Tesla tiny house

Hello!  Welcome back!  And yes, you read that title correctly.  Tesla has a tiny house!

I couldn’t find much information about it (ok I’m running out of time and just didn’t look into it) other than this website .   Anyways, check it out and let me know what you think.  I think it’d be pretty darn awesome to have a Tesla battery pack and reliable solar power for your whole house, if it was affordable.  there was no mention of price on this bad boy but I’m betting it’s pretty high – specially given the small size of the unit.  Here’s the details copied directly from their website:

  • Weight – 2 tonnes
  • Dimensions – 6m x 2.2m x 4m
  • Solar generation – 2kW PV system of 6 panels
  • Solar storage – 1 x Tesla Powerwall
  • Exterior – Clad in locally sourced, chemical-free, sustainable timber

Give the size of: 20′ – 0″ x 7′-0″ x 13′-0″ (I also grabbed the converted dims over from their website too) it’s a pretty small tiny house.  I’m assuming its 20′-0″ long and 7′-0 wide. In comparison my tiny house is 24′-0″ long and 8′-6″ wide with a max height of 13′-6″ to be road legal.

Let’s hope Tesla gets some good press out of this and makes some attainable solar panels and batteries for us more common folk to afford. =)

 

 

 

 

 

Worms…

Hello, hello!  How’s everyone doing today?  I hope your great!  I’m doing well and finally feeling caught up with things…at least for the moment. =)

So last week we were getting some fall weather.  It was glorious! Temperatures were in the 70’s and cool at night.  It was GREAT!!!  (*seriously, I hate being hot and sweating!) I was so hopeful that the amazing weather would stick around I decided to order some little redworms to help my compost pile!  These little guys are a huge help in breaking down the compost fast but they are also a little picky with temperatures – as they can get a over heated or freeze if it’s cold.

I think I jumped the gun and purchased my little friends a bit early because the temps went back up into the 100’s right after I received my little guys in the mail.

worms!

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Solar WINDOWS!

Friends, today’s post is short and sweet. =)  Look what I found…. Solar Windows!  

This is such a great idea for tiny houses….well for anyone but specifically for tiny houses since they are mobile dwelling units.  If the windows were solar panels then that’s one less thing a tiny house would have to think about before loading up and moving locations.  I think it’s a win-win!  Only negative is that they stick out from the house profile so keeping the travel size within legal limit might be an issue.  Road legal tiny houses max sizes must be below 8′-6″ W, 13′-6″ H, and less than 45′-0″.

What do you think???

 

 

Sun Protection

Helllllllooooooooo!  How are you?!  I’m good!  I missed posting on Monday, which I said I wouldn’t do anymore, ooops!  Things just got busy and I honestly forgot.  Yup, I forgot about this little blog.  =(  To the 5 readers out there, I will be back to a regular schedule once school starts at the end of the month.  Can you believe it’s already that time of the year to think about back to school items?  Fastest.summer.ever!

Ok, now that my rant is over, today I’ll be discussing some exterior sun protection on the West side of my house.

West Side

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Sustainable Travel

Hello!!! Happy FRIDAY!  How are you all doing?  I hope your great.  Can you believe this is the last weekend of July?  Seriously, where did summer go???  I can’t believe we’re going to be starting classes in just a few short weeks.  I got a lot to do before then and I best get cracking on it!  Maybe it’s best I don’t look at the calendar. =)

So today, let’s talk some more about my adventures overseas.  I was fortunate enough to stay on a University campus in a good part of London so I had the opportunity to travel to other locations throughout my 2 week stay.  I must say that the United States NEEDS a reliable national train service such as the high speed ones in Europe.  I know that we have Amtrack but it’s not really cost effective for the amount of time.  I looked into taking the train from Oregon to the East Coast a few summers ago.  It was going to cost way over $1,000, (I can’t remember the exact amount but I was shocked!) require me to change trains in the midwest, AND, here’s the kicker!, it would’ve taken 9 – 12 DAYS!!!  I can get a plane ticket from Portland to Ohio for around $400 and it takes about 4-5 hours direct flight.  So yeah, Amtrack isn’t really good for cross country travel.  However, I did ride it once on a one way trip from Oregon to Washington to start a backpacking trip.  It was perfect for this because I didn’t have to worry about how to get my car back after I hiked home. =) Also I will put in this as a disclaimer that countries in Europe are smaller and closer together so even if we had a high speed train in the US it wouldn’t be nearly as fast as traveling between some countries. Anyways…back to my recent train travel in England…

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England Energy

Hello, hello!  Happy Hump Day!  Hope your week is going great!  I’m trying to get back into a regular routine to get over the jet lag and catch up on things that happened while I was away. =)

As mentioned Monday, today I’m going to be discussing some items that I noticed (and relate to tiny house living) during my time spent in the UK.  First, I spent most of my time in London but was able to get away from the city for a few days to explore other parts of England.

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Too cool…

Hello!  Happy Friday!  Woohoo, it’s another weekend..and a long one at that for most of you, right?  It’s the 4th of July weekend yet the 4th is actually on a Tuesday so it’s makes it one of those weird holiday “weekends” I remember for having an office job.  Anyways, what are you plans?  I have yet to finalize mine so right now, it’s just another weekend in paradise. =)

Alright, todays topic is on this little personal air conditioner I saw posted on facebook.

MyChill PAC-20 Personal Cooler
Photo credit: http://www.homedics.com/mychill.html

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solar PAINT?

Hey, hey!  Happy Wednesday friends! How’s your week going so far? Mine is good.  Not quite as productive as I’m hoping (or needing) but still getting some things done.  So your probably wondering, “what does a professor do in the summer?”  Well, the summer is the time to do and/or write our research studies.  Since we’re so busy during the academic year with teaching classes the summer is the “free” time to work on research or write grant proposals.  It works REALLY well for me because I can work anywhere during the summer  months and since I’m more comfortable (and on my own time schedule) I get a ton of work done! It’s really great for me and my working style.  =)

Ok, so now on to today’s topic..solar paint!  Have you heard of it?  Have you seen it?  No?  Me either!  well, that’s because it won’t be available for another 5 years…

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Earthship!

Happy Friday!  Welcome back!  Can you believe it’s already June?  Where did May go???

Anyways, today’s topic is on the Earthship!!!  Have you heard of it?  If not, it’s a way of building a living structure that is completely off grid using recycled and natural products only.  You can read more here: http://earthship.com/

Earthship (from afar)

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