Anthony Edwards/Rutland Herald via AP

Aug 17, 2015 12:00 AM

Native NH college student lives in 96-square-foot solar-powered house

The Associated Press

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

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

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.

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