Electricity

Earthships – Maintenance of Your Home: Batteries

Many people have asked about the maintenance of Earthship homes through our website, forums and our Visitor Center, and ask about comparing the maintenance to that of a conventional home.   Even though Earthships help to create a self sufficient and free-living lifestyle, it does not mean that there is no upkeep involved.   Earthships create a symbiotic relationship between residents and their homes, which calls for participation in this relationship.

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The 55K, 2,900-square foot, eco-friendly home – with no electricity bills

DAVE McGINN – The Globe and Mail

To build their dream home on a patch of farmland in Southern Ontario, Craig and Connie Cook had to source 1,200 old tires. Packed with dirt, they are the bricks of their “earthship” – an off-the-grid home made of recycled materials, in which the main source of heat is the sun.

Earthships are the brainchild of Michael Reynolds, a New Mexico-based architect and the founder of Earthship Biotecture, a company that designs and builds homes constructed with about 45-per-cent reused materials, including plastic and glass bottles, cans, reclaimed wood, natural plaster and stone, and reclaimed metal from washing machines and refrigerators.

Canada Earthships

There are dozens of such homes in Canada, where the concept has seen a surge following a 2007 documentary about Reynolds called Garbage Warrior. The movie helped popularize Earthships, which appeal to many for both environmental and economic reasons.

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10 Reasons Why EarthShips Are F!#%ing Awesome

Earthships are 100% sustainable homes that are both cheap to build and awesome to live in. They offer amenities like no other sustainable building style you have come across. For the reasons that follow, I believe Earthships can actually change the world. See for yourself!

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Living Off the Grid in Earthship, New Mexico

One woman’s surreal adventures living off the grid in a New Mexico earthship, preparing for the fall of America.

When you’re living in a city, it’s easy to idealize living off the grid. It’s beautiful, it’s free, it’s radical sustainability. But out here, you learn that the system is impossible to escape.

EarthshipsMy friends west of the Mississippi are prepared for a crash. They’ve got gardens, goats, chickens, big dogs, good boots, loaded guns, composting toilets, and off-the-grid houses. They talk about it like it’s for certain. They’re not just prepared for the system to crash; they want it to. They say, I love America. I love it so much that I want it to crumble and fall. I love America so much that I want to see it reborn.

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Solar-Powered Still Turns Salty Ocean Water Fresh

sent to us by former Earthship Academy student, Viola Sartori

Without access to fresh, clean drinking water, millions of people around the world must endure compromised health conditions and a poor standard of living. Many, mostly women, are forced to walk long hours to find water supplies, which are often polluted, only to face the backbreaking task of carrying it home. By the year 2025, 2/3 of the world population will lack sufficient fresh water, so this problem is only going to get worse if we don’t find a practical solution

 

Designer Gabriele Diamanti has spent many years traveling the world, and seen this problem repeated over and over. He decided to use his knowledge of industrial design, renewable energy, and social issues to create a possible solution. What emerged is something Diamanti likes to call a solar still: a device that takes salt or brackish water and creates something drinkable.

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New York City Earthship: Lower East Side: Electricity

SCHEMATIC DEVELOPMENT OF SYSTEMS
Ken Ruck | Earthship New York City
(This is a bottom line presentation – support data available on request)

ELECTRICAL

The idea here is to illustrate that the Ruck family can live comfortably without need of municipal electricty from the local power company. We will “hook up” so the possible emergency need can be accomodated but the way the world is going, it could be that the Ruck home will be the only one in NYC that is lit up at various points in the future.

Electricity will be gathered from three arrangements of crystalline pv panel technoology
facing south at various angles and mounted on the structural frame at stategic locations. We will also gather electricity from two arrangements of thin film panels on the east and west. Thin film panels gather more energy from ambient light than do the crystalline panels. This will allow both morning and afternoon power collection. The idea is to gather from all conditions all the time during daylight hours. EXHIBIT I

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Over Half of Germany’s Renewable Energy Owned By Citizens & Farmers, Not Utility Companies


Thomas Kohler/CC BY-SA 2.0

Germany’s promotion of renewable energy rightly gets singled out for its effectiveness, most often by me as an example of how to do things well versus the fits and starts method of promotion common in the US. Over at Wind-Works, Paul Gipe points out another interesting facet of the German renewable energy saga: 51% of all renewable energy in Germany is owned by individual citizens or farms, totaling $100 billion worth of private investment in clean energy.

Breaking that down into solar power and wind power, 50% of Germany’s solar PV is owned by individuals and farms, while 54% of its wind power is held by the same groups.

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