Living Off the Grid, Forever

The Hanron homesteading family learned how to live off the grid, cutting their connection to commercial energy sources and utility bills forever.



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The Hanron family (Betsy, John, Duncan and Amelia ) enjoys a spring day atop the hill above their home.
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The family enjoys all of the amenities of a modern home — while being off the grid.
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The Hanron home is so thoughtfully designed (notice the abundance of south-facing glass) that one woodstove provides year-round comfort.
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This tire wall is an inexpensive yet sturdy wall system.
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Solar power and passive solar design make the most of what the sun has to offer in warmth and energy.
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Typical passive-solar dwellings incorporate eaves and cantilevers to the south, allowing the low winter sun full exposure to the glass below them.
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The bartteries need monitoring to ensure enough power when the family needs it.
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A cozy, sunny space.
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The south-facing wall makes the most of passive solar energy by incorporating as many windows as possible.
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