sun2 Sustainable Living

Here are some of our practices that are a part of our sustainable lifestyle:

Recycling

  • Composting
  • Using recycled paper
  • Recycling used clothes
  • Recycling and reusing wherever possible

Sharing

  • Car-pooling
  • Multi-household residences
  • A central kitchen where meals are prepared for community members
  • Sharing our tractors, lawn mowers, etc., among-community members
  • Buying group

Energy saving

  • Purchasing energy-efficient appliances
  • Using off-grid power with solar panels and wind turbines
  • Winter heating with wood, with firewood from our land

Other Sustainable Practices

  • Purchasing organic and Fair Trade products when available
  • 100% organic and GMO-free farming and gardening on our land
  • Using natural and biodegradable cleaners
  • No smoking indoors our outdoors

Alternative Energy

Our ecovillage is making constant progress to lower our ecological foot print. All buildings are supplied to some extent by alternative energy.


Castle: Using 80% of Renewable Energy

Installed by: Smart Energy of New England

Electricity:

  • 60% Solar: 20 Voltaic Panels (PV) up to 3.5 KW
  • 5% Wind: 3 X Windspire of 1.2KW/ each
  • 35% Grid

Domestic hot water:

  • 80% Solar Thermal with 8 Panels
  • 20% Biomass (wood boiler)

Heating:

  • 50% Solar Thermal with 8 panels
  • 40% Biomass (wood boiler)
  • 10% Propane

Oasis:

Electricity:

  • 100% Grid

Domestic hot water:

  • 65% Biomass (wood boiler)
  • 35% Oil

Heating:

  • 90% Biomass (wood boiler)
  • 10% Oil

Summit:

Electricity:

  • 15% Solar Electric with One Pole-Mount
  • 10% Panels (2.3KW PV)
  • 85% Grid

Domestic hot water:

  • 50% Biomass (wood boiler)
  • 40% Solar Thermal Panels (4 panels)
  • 10% Propane

Heating:

  • 75% Biomass (wood boiler)
  • 25% Propane

Solstice:

Electricity:

  • 35% Solar Electric -14 Solar Panels (2.1KW PV)
  • 65% Grid

Domestic hot water:

  • 60% Solar -10 Solar Panels
  • 40% Biomass (wood pellet boiler)

Heating:

  • 70% Biomass (wood pellet boiler)
  • 30% Solar Thermal