We consume little more than one-half of the electricity of the average US household
and still live a modern lifestyle. None of our electricity comes from fossil fuels.
Back in 2003, we bought a plot of land in Downeast Maine with the idea of building
a solar home on it. Concerned about the effects of global warming, US dependence
on fossil fuel and volatile fuel costs, we decided to build a solar home.
We wanted to live a modern lifestyle in a value-for-money home that consumes less
energy than the typical US household.
There is a lot of energy in sunlight. When the sun is overhead, the power of several
coal-fired power stations shines down on every square mile. We wanted to make as
much use of this free energy as we could, taking into account the limitations of
We've now taken our low energy home from design to reality. In these pages, we share
our experiences and show how easy it is to:
live using clean energy
realize big savings on utility bills.
We have also learnt some useful lessons which we pass on to you. If you are considering
building a new home, or are concerned about climate change and would like to ‘go
green’, or want to save energy costs in the home you live in, read on.