Whether you are planning to add eco friendly features to your home, or wish to live completely off the grid, modular homes can be a great option for you. If you are thinking to have a self-sufficient modular home, you will need to address four important areas like heating and cooling, power, water, and waste management.
Many of the modular prefabricated houses include sustainable features as part of the build and some features are offered as optional extras. If you are planning to go a step further and make a modular home that remains off the grid, you will have to find alternative sources to cater to the water and energy needs and set up an efficient waste management system.
There are many ways to attain self-sufficiency in small prefab homes and some of them may need large investments, while some others may need making small additions or adjustments to the house when building. Read below to know some ideas on making your modular home self-sufficient.
Solar panels will capture the sun’s rays and convert it into electrical energy that can be used to power your modular home. Solar panels are a common sight these days, as the charges of electricity are on the rise. These panels are available in varied shapes and size to suit your specific needs.
Going completely off the grid for water supply needs may not be a feasible option. The first thing that you need to do is to calculate the amount of water that you need and the quantity of water that you can store. You can collect rainwater from the roof of prefab tiny house and it can be used to wash clothes or clean your car, etc.
Heating and Cooling
You can use the electricity produced by the solar panel to power the heating and cooling system installed in your modular home. You may use double glazed windows and more ceiling and wall insulation to decrease the use of artificial heating and cooling systems. You may also zone your modular home, meaning that you can close off those areas of the home that are not used to avoid unnecessary heating or cooling.
You will need to find out the best waste management system for the site conditions. In most of the cases, a grey water treatment system will do the job. You may also use composting toilets to make your new modular home self-sufficient.