Choose Self-Sufficient Living Through Household Energy Independence

John Gulland and Wendy Milne power their home almost entirely with renewable energy. Here are the details of what they learned on their journey to self-sufficient living and energy independence.

Renewable Energy
Although people often talk about being more “self-reliant” and achieving “energy independence,” Wendy Milne says her experience with renewable energy has been that it becomes a community effort, with friends and family eager to learn more about these sustainable technologies.
Photo by Wendy Milne
Solar Panels
John Gulland and Wendy Milne use these solar panels to power their Ontario home. A home-scale wind turbine provides additional electricity.
Photo by John Gulland
Wood Stove
This custom-designed wood stove provides heat and hot water for the authors’ home.
Photo by John Gulland
Wind Turbine
Wendy and John with their 1-kilowatt wind turbine.
Photo by John Gulland
PV Installation
In the United States, where you live is a big factor in how much you will pay for a renewable energy system. For example, this PV installation in Wisconsin could qualify for large rebates from the state government. You can learn about incentives at the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency.
Photo by John Ivanko
Find Solar
If you’re considering a solar-electric system, a good place to start learning about costs and local installers is Find Solar.
Photo by John Ivanko

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