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The Solar House

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Have Fun While You're At It!

After spending 12 years in the Himalayas writer Elaine Brook came back home to the UK and was eager to introduce some of the simplicity and natural living that came so naturally to people there.

She set about creating an energy efficient, beautiful and inspiring home. Elaine's house uses less than 40% of the energy of similar houses. For heat she uses a combination of passive solar, solar panels and a wood burning stove. Even in the winter, the passive solar does most of the heating.

There is even a swimming pool heated by the excess heat from the solar panels!

The rainwater harvesting system is constructed to go from the roof, into a pond and then to water the fruit. Naturally, she has a garden to grow her own vegetables.

The house was an experiment to see how close to carbon zero she could get.

"The most important thing I've learned is that I continue to feel intrigued and challenged rather than guilty about the bits still left to sort out, and I focus on fun and celebrating the successes and swapping information with people involved in their own One Planet Living experiment."

One Planet Living refers to the fact that we must all live within the one planet we have, instead of living as though we had 3 planets worth of resources to squander.

Enjoy this delightful example!

--Bibi Farber

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