For forty years I have dreamed of being self sufficient on a plot of land. Since we recently installed our solar panels, we are almost there. Just a minor detail is that we have no house, since it burned down a year and a half ago. So our ground array is on the sunny, south-facing hillside just down from the spot where we will rebuild. The panels are low enough on the hill so they will not block our view, and perhaps with a few blueberry bushes to the north of the panels, they won’t be visible at all from the house. We are excited to have our temporary trailer run by solar, and to start planning our straw bale house. Don’t worry about the big bad wolf blowing it down because straw bale houses can last more than a hundred years, besides being energy efficient, cool in the summer, warm in the winter, fireproof, quiet, inexpensive, and beautiful when finished with earthen plaster. I have stayed focused on my dream, and now it is becoming reality!

 

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