Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Tiny Homes Tuesday ~ Kenya

Not getting out and about much (except tomorrow, when we'll go visit the Turtle, woohoooo), I was looking for something to post today. I've seen plenty of cool tiny and small homes in my email, but this article struck a bigger chord. 

This is from the UK; phone home!
Part of, at least in my opinion, the power (no pun intended) of the tiny home movement is taking charge of your life, internally and externally. Freedom from lifetime mortgages, living with less 'stuff' that rarely if ever gets used after purchasing, experiencing 'less is more' in a true way, all and much more are contained within the concept. Freedom from the grid is also a big part of that, whether your tiny home is on the land, on the road or on the water. 

Wind generators are one way, but in my thinking, solar is the best. It's quiet, it doesn't interfere with the environment and every day, as more and more people turn to it as a power source, it becomes more affordable. 

Ravenlore  for your tiny house fix (hey, Francie!)
Most who read this blog aren't living in deserts, but many in the world are, far from electrical sources and relying on kerosene and/or precious and disappearing wood to cook and bring light into their lives. If these women and their surrounding villages can do it, how much easier for you?

I'm only going to quote a small portion of this article on Take Part, by author David McNair; you can click on the link to read the rest (it's not long, I promise!). Hopefully you'll take something away from it that will encourage you to seek some solar solutions for yourselves. Even if it is as small a thing as a phone charger*, that's a start. 

"...these days, groups of Masai women are leading a renewable energy revolution. Hauling solar devices on donkeys from village to village, they’re transforming the lives of locals with light and power, thanks to a program launched by renewable energy developer Green Energy Africa. The women are provided with energy-efficient lights, solar panels, and rechargeable batteries at a discount, which they in turn sell for a profit. They are also trained to help install the panels and lights at individual homes. To date, 200 women are participating across five village groups; together, they’ve installed solar-powered units in more than 2,000 homes."

*(This is the link to the solar phone charger and light I got awhile back. I love this product along with the company's philosophy. It is the first solar set up on my houseboat. One for the Turtle will be next.)

Have a try this Tuesday! Do something trickier.

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