Why Live in a Self-Sustaining Home?

Uncategorized Oct 28, 2018

"Living in a self-sufficient house may seem like it has limitations to some who insist on having an unlimited supply of power and water at their disposal at every moment.

But to me, it’s a gift to live with an awareness of the resources we consume and to link our lifestyle to the rhythms of nature. There is a powerful sense of confidence resulting from sailing our own ship free from rising gas, electricity, water, and waste removal expenses.

Relishing cloudy days as a great excuse to postpone the laundry, I can choose to read a book.

Cherishing evenings without a movie blaring from the television, we enjoy the peace permeating the house while we read books or quietly work on homework.

I bask in the glory of a wet spring storm as the rain fills the cisterns with fresh water free from chemicals and additives.

Emptying a bucket from the waterless toilet into the outside composting bin is a ritual of giving back nutrients to the Earth rather than polluting, or at the very least,...

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Welcome to Twisted Oak

Uncategorized Oct 28, 2018

If you've found this blog, then you are probably aware that I have written a book about the creation of our home we call Twisted Oak. Many of the folks who have visited us since we’ve built and lived in our self-sustaining house have suggested that I write a book. Until recently, I never took the idea of writing about my journey very seriously. I certainly didn't foresee writing a blog.

Then, in the fall of 2016, we decided to open the house up to visitors during the 4Core Solar Home Tour, here in Durango. After touring the house and garden, groups of attendees began to congregate around the property. They were discussing self-sustaining homes, passive and active solar design, water catchment and alternatives to traditional septic systems. These people were asking intelligent questions, and their minds were open to possibilities. It was these discussions that inspired me to tell my story - not because I have all the answers, but because we need to engage in conversations that...

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