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Living off-grid in a tiny house in the Wyoming mountains

Ariel McGlothin says the small space complements her outdoors lifestyle, including gardening, hiking and wildlife photography. She shares how she deals with challenges of living in a cold climate, 6,000 feet above sea level.

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By 2035, just 12% of customers in North America are expected to become energy self-sufficient, compared to 11% in Europe. Source: Accenture, a technology-services company

Ariel McGlothin was looking for affordable housing in a town she had come to love after working at a ski resort and living in Wyoming for about 6-1/2 years. She found this tiny house — 170 square feet and on wheels — and made it her home in the western mountains. An outdoors enthusiast since she was a child, McGlothin enjoys gardening, hiking, and wildlife photography, and keeping a tiny home allows her to spend significant time on her outdoor pursuits, she says.

McGlothin lives off the grid, chopping wood and maintaining a solar system and backup battery banks, for warmth and electricity. She shares the challenges, the good and the bad, with a growing audience on her Youtube channel, Fy Nyth, which is Welsh for “my nest.”

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Joe Mahoney

Joe Mahoney is a National Assigning Editor for Visuals at iPondr. He previously worked as a staff photographer and multimedia editor for the Rocky Mountain News. In 2000 and 2003, he was part of the photo teams at the News that won Pulitzer Prizes for Breaking News Photography. He was the director of multimedia for the PBS affiliate in Denver and started his career with the Associated Press.

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