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Our downeast solar home

About us

 

In 2001, we came up with the bright idea to leave England and build a new home in Maine. Maine has nice warm summers but the winters are long and cold, so an energy efficient home can save a lot of fuel costs.  Ann is a US citizen with family links to Maine and Chris is British. The idea was to buy land, then build on it in 10-15 years or so for our retirement.

 

We homed in on a beautiful area of Downeast Maine, near to Acadia National Park and Bangor, and with the help of a solar architect found the perfect lot.

 

Once we bought the land, we became so excited that we wanted to get started right away. From there, it was just a few short leaps from finalizing the drawings, to getting a construction loan, to contracting our builders, - and here we are today, in a planet friendly home.  And we’re ten years ahead of schedule!

 

Keeping it simple

 

We set out with the aim of building an energy efficient home, without going over the top.  We don’t have three feet of insulation, or an array of solar panels the International Space Station would be proud of.  We just wanted something that would allow us to lead a typical modern lifestyle, while using less energy than the average home in America.  We were on a limited budget, and we’re not the most practical people in the world, so if we can do it, anyone can!

 

Sharing what we’ve learned

 

We recently took part in Maine Solar Day and had lots of visitors, who had many questions. It seemed that there might be people all around the country who might be interested in what we have done. So we thought it would be useful to build this site so that we can share our experiences.

 

In the ‘Our solar home’ section, we describe our experiences of designing and building our green home. If you are not looking to build a house, but wish to make your home more energy efficient, check out the ‘How to save energy’ section. Here we describe what we’ve learned that could be put to use in almost any home, plus a number of resources which might be useful to you.

 

We’ve also featured some of the products and services we’ve found particularly useful in the Resources section.  If you choose to purchase any of these yourself, by clicking on the links we provide, you will be helping us fund the ongoing development of the site - thank you.

 

We will continue to add information to the site, including calculators and guides, with links to products and services that we have found useful. We hope that this helps you in your thinking. Good luck.

 

Ann Logan and Chris Eccles

 

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Map of Maine showing our location

Our home is a few miles from the coast near Ellsworth in downeast Maine.