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Tiny homes are one of the biggest crazes in the last couple of years. These ingenious living spaces may not have that much room, but their designs and layouts are made so that everything fits in perfectly without having to sacrifice many things. Sure, you won’t have a giant bathtub, but that is not their intended purpose.
While we can talk about different tiny home designs for hours, that is not the topic of today’s article. Instead, we will talk about the most common electrical problems owners of tiny houses run into. So, let’s not waste any more time, and get right into it.
One of the core reasons why people decide to live in tiny homes is their ability to be self-sustainable. As you can imagine, tiny homes don’t require that much electricity, so their owners usually decide to disconnect from the electrical grid and use some type of renewable energy. However, some cities don’t allow properties to be off the grid. Regardless of whether you are using the city’s power or not, you will have to pay the upkeep costs. Sure, this is not a real problem and some people don’t mind paying a small fee, but nonetheless, it should be noted for all of you looking to go completely off the grid.
Many tiny house owners are also huge DIY fans. And one of the biggest problems they come across while designing their tiny home is wiring. Because they are not working with a lot of surface area and everything needs to fit perfectly, many DIY builders leave this task to a professional, even the experienced ones. This will guarantee that you won’t have to call a 24/7 emergency electrician every other week because your fuse has blown, you overloaded your power points, and so on. Sure, it will cost you extra, but you will be able to sleep knowing that your wiring is done properly.
Even though tiny homes don’t require a ton of power, it can still be challenging to rely on green energy completely. That is why many owners always have a backup system in case they don’t have enough juice to power up the home. For example, many of them use generators that run on fuel. However, they can be noisy. Another common alternative is to plug into the electrical grid, just as RVs do. This will allow you to use appliances like blenders, toaster ovens, small air conditioning units, and so on.
As you can imagine, tiny homes usually don’t come with many electrical outlets. While this is a problem for many people, there is a reason why tiny homes have just a couple of them. This is mainly because you can easily overload your system and cause power outages. However, if you need more outlets, just get an extension cord, but make sure you don’t turn on all your appliances at once so that your breaker doesn’t pop.
Finally, because many tiny house owners are often moving from place to place, there can be some wear and tear on the wiring. If the lights flicker when there is bad weather outside, and especially when it’s windy, then your wires could be frayed. This can be extremely dangerous because frayed wires can start a fire. So, make sure you resolve this problem as soon as you notice it.
That is all for today. As you can see, even these five electrical problems with tiny homes are not that severe. Just make sure you hire a licenced and experienced electrician to do the wiring in your tiny home, and you will avoid most of these problems.