Living sustainably is not simple.
Does anyone have any ideas? We are using a hose that attaches to the big house we are parked next to. It got cold! So the hose is full of water and frozen and we can’t get any water into the tiny house.
We looked up some options such as heat tape, foam insulation, or both! We already tried using the foam, but we didn’t tape it on….the heat tape could be very useful but that uses more energy than we were hoping.
We are thinking maybe we should just use the water in the big house until the cold weather is over. I have read on other tiny house blogs that this living style requires a lot of work with friends and neighbors. I think this is certainly a situation to be grateful for our resources and be aware of how luxurious it is to have running water and energy and heat whenever we want it. I appreciate these lessons, but I do want to brainstorm a solution! Humans don’t have these brains for accepting situations as failures! It’s just a sustainability challenge! Maybe we should move next to a river like people use to.
One easy way to avoid water from freezing is to leave it running very slightly. Moving water will not freeze as easily. Perhaps you could set up a system where clean water is constantly moving during the night – but you can also capture it and use it later for some purpose like washing dishes or as waste water.
Another method might be to evacuate the water completely when you know you will not be using water for a while, like at night. Maybe just force all the water out of the hose using air pressure? With no water in the hose, nothing can freeeeeze!