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Tiny living is taking the world by storm. It’s an eco-friendly and economically beneficial to your bottom line. It can be tough to find the right appliances for your tiny home. To help, we’re going to clear up any confusion by giving you a few brands, products and tips that will take your tiny home to the next level!
Tiny houses are undoubtedly better for the environment than living in a standard average tiny house. The average tiny house takes up 186 square foot of the Earth’s surface, while the average US house takes up a sprawling 2,598 square foot area. A tiny house also uses an average of 6 light bulbs as compared to the 45 in an average standard US home. Moreover, 18% of greenhouse gases come from residential houses, with the average house needing about 28,000 pounds of CO2 a year. A tiny house only needs 2,000 pounds a year– that’s a 26,000 pound difference.
Those who choose to craft their own tiny house know the value of smaller living– literally. Most people who live in a tiny house don’t have a mortgage, have more savings than the average American, and have greater financial freedom regarding what they choose to spend their money on. It costs 10 times less to build a tiny house, especially if you do it yourself. The sound of building your own house sounds incredibly daunting, but tiny houses are designed to be DIY-friendly! There’s also a ton of information sources online to help you get started if you’re considering this greener way of life.
Now that we’ve covered the benefits, let’s talk about the tools you’ll want to get your tiny house running smoothly. The first thing you’ll have to consider is whether or not your tiny house is connected to grid-tied electricity or if your appliances will run on propane. Natural gas requires your tiny abode to be rooted to one place, so if you think you’re going to be a tiny house nomad, you should definitely go with propane (or dual-fuel).
Let’s talk cooking appliances. The main things you should really consider before buying are how many people you cook for, and how often you cook at home (as opposed to eating out). This will tell you which size you need to go for.
A really good tiny home brand is Avanti because they specialize in compact appliances. One of the most compact and economical choices would be the Avanti CK3616 36″ Complete Compact Kitchen. It includes a 2.2 cu.ft fridge, a stainless steel sink, a storage drawer and 2 electric heating elements at 500/900 Watts– all this in the same space as a standard-sized range.
Aside from this set, Avanti has a host of other appliances in small sizes. Their freestanding ranges are a good choice because they are available in sizes as small as 20″ and 24.” The Avanti DG202BS 20″ Gas Freestanding Range or the Avanti ER20P0WG Electric Freestanding Range are good buys for the size and price. There’s also some more expensive and more modern-looking offers available, but it all depends on how much you’re willing to spend on aesthetics.