After 5 years – completely off grid

A sustainable home and completely utility free.offgrid-greenhouse

After 5 years on a strict budget Andrew Hickman and Rosemary Kimble were able to reach their goal of off-grid living.  They had to live a stricter lifestyle for time and budget but they are so glad they did.

It doesn’t hurt that Hickman actually owns a company called New Earth Homes.  His company focuses on off grid living and a type of  solar energy called net zero passive solar.  So the home is a show-piece as well.

Take a look and see what you think.

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“The whole goal was to build a house that’s sustainable,” explained Hickman.

“It forced us to live below our means… I’m not a crazy guy, I’m just a guy who likes to work the numbers, and living this kind of a lifestyle made sense to me,” said Hickman.

He built the entire structure by himself.

Solar panels with a backup battery system supply all the power.

The battery bank is large enough to supply the home with power for up to five days without sunlight.

The couple harvests rainwater, which runs down their roof into giant tanks.

“We have no utility bills, we own the house outright, we own the land. Pretty much our only bills each year are propane once a year, 300 bucks in taxes,” Hickman said.offgrid-interview

He wants everyone to know there are money savers every homeowner can take advantage of today that will help them save for tomorrow.

LED lights, solar panels, Energy Star appliances and foam insulation are great places to start.

Source:  www.wsbtv.com

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