A Year of Living Off the Grid: An Experiment in Home Energy Independence

While they wait for their house to be completed, a couple sets up a trailer for off-the-grid living, relying exclusively on solar electricity and propane heating.



mobile home
Sara and Bill are leading a crowded life in their RV, while they work on finishing their permanent home, but it's a unique one. All their electrical needs are supplied by the sun. (Note as well the breadbox solar water heater on the trailer's roof.)
PHOTO: SARA AND BILL YERKES
woman with 1980s computer
Sara works on her solar novel (solar-powered, that is!). Photovoltaic panels provide the current that runs her Apple computer.
SARA AND BILL YERKES

















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