07 May '11, 6pm

Really Big and Off the Grid

Really Big and Off the Grid

Ninety-two photovoltaic panels and a large battery bank power the house, as long as everyone’s a little bit careful. “We couldn’t have air conditioning, which I was a little afraid about—even though I don’t even really like air conditioning—because this is a hot climate,” Michael says. Opening windows at night to capture cooler night air keeps the home comfortable the next day, he says. “That was a big relief. I had a bit of doubt until I’d experienced all four seasons here.” He’s become a freak about saving energy. “A lot of people don’t have that same consciousness, so I’m always running after people, turning off lights behind them.”

Full article: http://www.motherearthnews.com/natural-home-living/really...

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