Rob Dunn, Vermont Student, Builds Own 96-Square-Foot Home For $3,000

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In this Aug. 14, 2015 photo, Rob Dunn sits on the porch of his two-story, 96-square-foot home in Poultney, Vt. Dunn, a Green Mountain College senior from Henniker, N.H., has lived off the grid for about a year in his tiny home powered by two 100-watt solar panels. He uses a rocket mass heater for cooking and heating. | CP

POULTNEY, Vt. — A college student in Vermont is living in a 96-square-foot house he built to reduce his carbon footprint — and save money.

The Rutland Herald reports ( ) that Green Mountain College senior Rob Dunn has been living in the two-story Poultney home since August 2014.

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The home is powered by two 100-watt solar panels. A rocket mass heater built from a cast-iron stove insulated with a mixture of clay, sand and straw allows for cooking and heating.

The home cost Dunn about $3,000 to build, and the landowner is letting him live rent-free. He says that will help with the high cost of college.

The Henniker, New Hampshire, native says living in the home is the "most raw experience that I've ever had."

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Information from the Rutland Herald.

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