Solar Powered Laundry Room

Ok, I’m nuts, but most of us already knew that. Recently I have started thinking that I would like to build a solar powered laundry “house”. The Modern Day Redneck has already built a solar powered bath house and as neat as that is, I would prefer a laundry house. Currently we wash our laundry in the basement during the cold months and in the bucket outside in the warm months. We hang our laundry to dry most of the year.

I envision a house that would hold the washer, dryer, and a laundry sink, with some shelving and an indoor clothes line. It wouldn’t use traditional lighting, but would still be light enough to function in there. The power to run the machines would all be solar. I haven’t figure out yet where the water would come from. Not sure if a system of utilizing rain water would work or not. It’s just a thought for now, but if I could find someone with the know how to help me plan it, I would definitely try and make it a reality!

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3 comments on “Solar Powered Laundry Room

  1. Lori Davis on said:

    You’re not alone. I often think of ways I’d like to live such as solar hot water, etc. Unfortunately I live in a condo in the city, so much of the time my dreams are just dreams. But dreams keep us motivated! I think your idea is fantastic, and yes, rainwater would be awesome if you had a way to collect enough and perhaps pump it by hand into your washbasin. People think I’m crazy when I talk about these things, but, in fact they are the ways our ancestors survived. So why can’t we do it? Well, some do, but many of us are spoiled beyond return by modern technology.

    • Lori Davis on said:

      Also have you read this book by Doug Fine? It talks about transitioning to living off grid and living a clean, local life.I really enjoyed it. You can check it out on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Farewell-My-Subaru-Adventure-Living/dp/1400066441

  2. Modern Day Redneck on said:

    If you are nuts then I am a loon. I have the plans for a Solar Laundry Room in the works. Though you could never recoup the building cost compared to doing it by traditional laundry methods, it would be priceless if the power and or water were to be out for any period of time.
    You got my email if you have any questions on your design. I would be more than happy to help.

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