We're thoroughly involved in using the sun and wind on our sustainable living
homestead in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. We use solar
electric panels for our electrical needs, a water pumping windmill to pump the
water for home and
garden. A solar food dryer
and a solar cooker are in use spring, summer and fall. Our home is heated
with hot-air solar panels and a wood-burning, soapstone woodstove. Cloudy day and
winter cooking is done on a wood-burning cookstove, which also provides welcome
Using these natural energy sources is not an abstract theory, it's a wonderful
way of life.
Sue's book Homesteading Adventures has a chapter describing our
integrated natural energy system (as it was in 1997). Get a copy from your library or
go to our Books page to purchase one.
page also has a number of articles relating to our "alternative"
green lifestyle, including energy use and management.
Our favorite sources for alternative energy
Home Power Magazine, POB 520,
Ashland OR 97520, 916-475-0830
THE print source on alternative energy; it was the first
and is still the best.
Midwest Renewable Energy Association, 7558 Deer Rd, Custer WI 54423,
MREA is responsible for the largest and oldest renewable energy fair the third weekend
in June (Solstice Weekend). Highly recommended if you are at all interested in
alternative energy, or alternative lifestyles and ideas.
Copyright © 2009 by Susan Robishaw