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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One comment on “U.S. student builds tiny house to save money

  1. Good for him. A smart fellow for sure because he would rather cut expenses drastically and hopefully be with no debt or as little debt as possible then be paying for it for the next 25 years at least and probably hundreds a month towards student loans and other debts.

    One thing I would recommend to this student, I know the owner of the land lets him stay there rent free but just as a goodwill gesture, give something even if it is a small amount each month, say $25 or $50 a month or at the end the year a one time payment of $400 or $500. He could also help in some way doing something to help the land owner on his or her land.


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