Rapid City, SD The 2016 Black Hills Home Builders Association Home Show kicked off Friday afternoon with the “go green” trend sweeping the Civic Center.
The Tiny House has the ability to live entirely off the grid with solar power.
And there’s some tricks and tips to be learned to lower your monthly costs.
Jeremy Anderson, the president of GenPro Energy Solutions, said, “The return on investments that people will get for buying this equipment is definitely where it needs to be.”
Many know, electricity costs can jolt your wallet.
The average homeowner uses 1 to 4 thousand kilowatts of electricity a month – which can cost several hundred dollars.
But you can make a major dent in that bill with solar power. Panels cost anywhere from $5 thousand to $15 thousand dollars.
Anderson said, “There’s a lot of options available for a customer that maybe wants to do just a little bit of that – or maybe really wants to jump in with both feet and do the whole thing.”
Gen-Pro Energy Solutions displays three different solar panels for electricity, heat and water.
So the only bill you rack up in this home is gas – estimated as low as $10 dollars a month.
And if you’re going green on a budget – there’s more options.
Jennifer Landguth, the president of Lage Construction, said, “Everybody has a budget. I mean, in all these years I’ve been waiting for the person to come to build a house that has no budget, and I have yet to meet that person.”
So, you could make the switch to LED lights – which consume up to 90 percent less power than other bulbs and insulation throughout your house can save on heating and cooling costs.
It’s all part of the sustainability movement – which veteran vendors here say has seen a big boom in recent years.
Beth-Anne Ferley, the sustainability coordinator for Rapid City, said, “It’s a slow change, but it’s a good change, and it’s getting there.”
Looking for even smaller improvements?
Well, the Rapid City Landfill has you covered – they sell compost, which holds in water better for your garden and lawn.
Ferley said, “Instead **** of buying big bags of chips, buy the bigger bag and put it in a little container to take for your lunch break.”
So whether it’s a little container in your lunch box, or a little house, the Home Show has you covered.
Gen-Pro builds these Tiny Houses in Piedmont.
Ten panels on top of this home generate about 2500 watts of power.
You have time to check it out yourself – the Home Show runs through Sunday.