Living In Your Yurt Offgrid, Ongrid Or In A Hybrid Way
As we grow increasingly eco-friendly, it is heartening to know that your yurt is well insulated, designed to harness Australian thermal heating and is built to last.
For those who are building in places without power lines or where the cost of connection is exorbitant, you can live in it off-grid, with no carbon footprint.
Our skylight brings in light first thing in the morning until the sun sets in the evening. Your window and door options can also be designed to make it abundant with natural light.
With lighting drawing so little power, solar panels and batteries can be used to provide evening light as can the range of solar lamps or USB charged lamps available today for those not wanting solar power.
Candles or dim settings on solar lamps create a very pleasant ambience in the evening.
Living more sustainably tends to result in people becoming more present with weather conditions and learning to be forward thinking.
If the forecast is for a hot day then cooling the space by opening windows overnight makes for greater comfort during warmer months. So too does having a skylight shutter and closing it as the morning sun appears.
Flyscreens on the door and any opening windows keep out flies, moths or mosquitoes at night when the cooler air can bring down the inside temperature.
If the sun is warming a particular window during the day, then closing a curtain over it and bringing in light through another window also contributes to regulating the temperature in an off the grid yurt.
This panorama shot captures the cross ventilation that can be achieved as well as how much natural light can be gained with sufficient windows.
Cross ventilation between different air sources (windows & door) works to cool the space on breezy days, while for still days, having a solar setup enables an oscillating fan or air conditioner unit. For those people not wanting to incorporate solar panels, there is always the option to use camping style fans, which run on rechargeable batteries, for those hot days where outside breezes aren’t occurring.
Daylight savings is a feature of Australian life which helps us adapt to the warmer summer months. With it getting dark later and taking longer for the cooling night air to impact, we tend to go to sleep later and ideally, get up later.
Take a look at our showroom and you will see that closing the skylight shutter and the inside curtains make for a very dark space in which you can sleep in as well as keep out the morning heat in summer.
Should you choose to the option of having us install a deck around your yurt, you have the extra possibility of sitting outside when the air is cooler.
Having an outdoor umbrella lets you enjoy being outside without worrying about discomfort from the sun or rain. Depending on the size of your backyard, you can also have a shaded courtyard area such as the case here.
Thermal heating is maximised by the use of the skylight, good positioning of windows and your door, and the high level of insulation we provide.
Being mindful of the weather and impending changes help ensure the space is comfortable. Being one of the sunniest countries on earth, Australia is the perfect place to utilise the warmth brought in through our skylight.
In the panoramic photo shown previously, that yurt gets warmth from the early sun through the front door and then the afternoon sun through the awning window.
Utilising thermal curtains and shutters also work to limit heat loss.
Solar panels and batteries allow you to warm the space with an electric heater during winter.
The Danish expression, “There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing” can be applied to staying comfortable in your yurt during the in between seasons. As indigenous Australian’s have long maintained, we have six seasons here, not four.
Bedding which includes woollen underlay, flannelette sheets and quality blankets or doonas ensure you can stay warm at night without needing heating. Old fashioned hot water bottles also do the trick for people who want to keep a low carbon footprint while staying comfortable.
Depending on the climate where you build, it is possible to live all year round in your yurt, be carbon neutral and live without needing power for heating and cooling.
For most people, however, a hybrid option of having solar power or connecting to the mains is most feasible. Some people find they can have a low carbon footprint in summer but not winter and vice versa. As solar batteries become more affordable and efficient there is no real reason why you can’t live comfortably in the space and be environmentally friendly.
Our yurts have a large roof space which can be complemented by having us connect a rainwater tank to allow you to capture rainwater for drinking, watering gardens and lawns or providing water for chickens and other animals.
Summary Of Sustainability Factors
- Thermal Heating
- Extreme Insulation
- Cross Ventilation
- Shutter Utilisation
- Blockout Curtains
- Solar Power Capability
- Rainwater Collection
Stylish and Sensible is our mantra. Our motto…”Peace of mind while pleasing to the eye.”
Our design is based on the belief that building with materials suited to Australian conditions doesn’t mean settling for something brutish looking or impractical.