U.S. student lives in tiny house he built to save money

U.S. student builds tiny house to save money

The home is 96 square-feet

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Rob Dunn’s two-storey, 96-square-foot home sits in the woods in Poultney, Vt. Dunn, a Green Mountain College senior from Henniker, N.H., has lived off the grid for about a year in his tiny home powered by two 100-watt solar panels. (Anthony Edwards/Rutland Herald via AP)

POULTNEY, Vt. – A college student in Vermont is living in a 96-square-foot house he built to reduce his carbon footprint — and save money.

The Rutland Herald reports that Green Mountain College senior Rob Dunn has been living in the two-storey Poultney home since August 2014.

The home is powered by two 100-watt solar panels. A rocket mass heater built from a cast-iron stove insulated with a mixture of clay, sand and straw allows for cooking and heating.

The home cost Dunn about $3,000 to build, and the landowner is letting him live rent-free. He says that will help with the high cost of college.

The Henniker, New Hampshire, native says living in the home is the “most raw experience that I’ve ever had.”

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