7 Things You Need to Know about a Solar-Powered Tiny House
- Solar power supports DC appliances – Solar panels generate direct current (DC) energy so you’d need to buy DC-compliant appliances.
- DC appliances could be costlier than conventional devices. DC appliances are typically manufactured in comparatively small quantities.
- DC appliances are typically not intended to be kept running for extended periods – DC appliances are mostly built for boats and RVs, which are typically used for a couple of days or weeks in a year.
- Inverters can get noisy – Solar inverters’ cooling fans can get loud and irritating.
- Solar power involves more than just the inverter. The setup also requires a charge controller, battery cables, etc. Power is dangerous stuff, so hire an expert to set up your solar energy.
- No sunlight equals no power – Depending on where you live and the position of your tiny house, your tiny house may not get enough daylight. Winter becomes an even bigger challenge.
- Solar panels require routine cleaning – Birds, snow, etc. will make your solar panels dirty quickly.
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