Off-grid, simple living is a foundation of the recent "Tiny House" movement. Utilizing technologies such as solar, wind, and biomass, these tiny spaces are generating their own energy to provide modern luxuries in small, simple living spaces. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average size of a new single-family house in 2017 was 2631 square feet. In contrast, tiny house footprints span no more than a few hundred square feet. While not everyone is rushing to downsize, tiny house living can offer lessons for more sustainable living. Trends adopted in off-grid design also mirror developments in the larger grid system, which is increasingly turning to renewable technologies, higher efficiency, and energy storage. This movement inspired the Saint Francis University Institute for Energy to construct a tiny, mobile classroom/lab to use as a demonstration of different renewable energy technologies and as an environment for teaching about such technologies.

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