Earthships Provide Path to Future Self-Sustaining HomesRolling up to the Earthships world headquarters in Taos, New Mexico is like stumbling upon an alien planet – a striking, stark desert backdrop with funky colorful bounds dotting the landscape– which as you get closer you soon realize are actual people’s houses. An Earthship is a thermal mass, passive solar home that allows one to live completely off the grid using a combination of different water and energy recycling, saving and storing systems. If you like the idea of eradicating your utility bills, not to mention feeling good about living in the most energy-efficient, self-sustaining way possible, then look no further. As their website reasons, “Humans need comfortable temperatures, light, electricity, hot water, food, sewage treatment, etc. The construction of an Earthship is based upon the six principles of thermal/solar heating and cooling, solar and wind electricity, contained sewage treatment, natural and recycled building materials, water harvesting and food production.
Life Blog | Personal Finance News & Advice | A Beginner’s Guide to Going Off the GridThe idea of “going green” has swept through Western culture pretty quickly. The ideas of conservation and helping the environment started with niche groups, but now permeate the core principles of major corporations. But a certain group of individuals are still on the cutting edge of conservation. Some have already made the switch to going off the grid, and many more are considering the alternative energy lifestyle. So how exactly do you accomplish living off the grid? Cut the Electric Cord First, let’s define “going off the grid.” For a beginner, the first action to make this happen is to establish your power source. For example, they position the home and windows to take advantage of solar heat during the winter and they build with energy efficient materials. If you’re successful in capturing energy from the sun or wind, then you’ll need to think about how to store it. Water, Water Everywhere Electricity is only one part of going off the grid. Heating the Home and Water The Bottom Line