Providing electricity for your yurt home isn’t all that different from any other house except for a few minor details. Like with everything else related to building your yurt one of the most important parts about bringing electricity in your yurt home is having a good plan. This can save you a lot of time, effort, and money in the long run. Check out the rest of our guide on setting up electricity in your yurt in order to better craft a plan for your yurt home.
Foundations and Electricity
Like we mentioned in our Yurt Plumbing Guide the foundation of the yurt, or more correctly what lies beneath it, can be looked as the “brain” of the yurt. Electricity is no different. The easiest and best way to bring electricity into your yurt home is through the foundation of the yurt. Similarly to setting up plumbing, we recommend you employ a professional when setting up the wiring for your yurt since a mistake can be costly in the long run.
When it comes down to accessing the electricity in your yurt house you have a few options on how to set up your outlets. Each option has it’s own pros and cons and the best option for you will depend on your desired aesthetics, construction ability (if doing work on your own) and budget.
Floor Electrical Outlets
The first and perhaps most popular option is to set up the electrical outlets on the actual foundation so that they are flush with the flooring. This is one of the simplest options available as well since you won’t need as much wiring and it is a rather simple installation process. An important thing to consider is whether you plan on putting down flooring on top of you foundation since this will affect how you install your outlets.
This method makes electricity easily accessible for most of your electrical needs. The downside is that it does not provide you with an electrical outlet that is elevated, this can be a problem when needing to use things like kitchen appliances which may not have a long enough cord and need to be placed on a table or counter.
Electrical Outlet Posts
This is a great option if you really need to have an elevated outlet for whatever reason. Since the walls of the yurt cannot support an outlet this method uses some sort of post as substitute. A large array of materials can be used that will produce different looks and run the entire gamut of prices. You can use something like PVC piping on the lower price range to crafting something out of wood on the higher end.
The general idea with any outlet post is to have an inside cavity in which to run the wiring for the outlet, and then attach the outlet to the outside of the post. Outlet posts can be used along with floor outlets. This way you can have the much easier to set up floor outlets everywhere in the yurt except the places you really need an elevated outlet.
Wall Mounted Outlets
Electrical outlets that are wall mounted and that you can find in most homes can also be installed in a yurt, however you must first install indoor walls. This option then is only available to yurt home owners who decide to build interior walls to create separate rooms. Once the frames of the indoor walls are set up you can run electrical wiring through them from the foundation the same way you would in a regular home. This will produce the electrical outlet set up that most of us are used to with regular homes.
Off Grid Electricity
There is a good number of yurt home owners who are interested in living off the grid in one way or another. Being off the electrical grid can be both reassuring and a great financial investment. If you do want your yurt to be off the electrical grid then you have a few options available to you.
Solar Panels and Yurts
The price of solar panels continues to drop every year making them a more and more appealing option for powering your tiny home or yurt. While a Yurt Store yurt can handle up to 150 pounds of additional weight on the rood we do not suggest setting up solar panels on the roof, especially if you live in an area of the world where there is snow.
The added weight of the snow, solar panels, wiring, and any other number of things that may be using the roof for support could add up and compromise the structural integrity of the roof causing it to collapse. What we suggest instead is to set up your solar panels as close to your yurt as possible, in an open area that receives plenty of sun. The wiring should them be run to the yurt foundation inside which the batteries can be stored.
Yurt Wind Turbines
Although not as popular as solar panels mini wind turbines are another option that can produce electricity for an off grid yurt. The best way to get one is to go through a marine retailer since they are quite popular for boats and yachts. We suggest mounting your wind turbine on a high locations, possibly the roof center of your yurt. Although this method normally won’t produce as much power as a solar panel, it is a good option that can create some additional electrical power for those not living in a very sunny area, or for people living in a very windy area.
Overall setting up electricity for you yurt home is not very different from setting up a normal home. The most important thing to remember is that the walls of the yurt home cannot support an electrical outlet which means that you will have to go around that by either installing the outlets in the floor, through an outlet post, or building interior walls for rooms and then installing your outlets in those. Hope this helps!