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Earthship Colonies

Posted 66 months ago|6 comments|1,221 views
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elguapo
Littleton, CO
If you haven't seen the Earthship Colonies, some of them even existing within the U.S., you should definitely become familiar with them. One particular colony, in Taos, New Mexico, has existed for over 15 years and is growing exponentially. The homes within the colony are completely off the grid, they create their own electricity and hot water by means of solar power and wind, and are able to catch enough water through rain or snow to be able to sustain themselves even in the arid desert. Their use of recycling water and using natural methods are enlightened, and as the homes are built largely out of recycled materials such as tires, glass bottles, aluminum cans and plastics they are relatively inexpensive as well. The colony resembles something out of Star Wars, with homes that are often built underground to conserve heat and flow with nature, and lush gardens indoor and out to make even their food sustainable and home grown. I am in awe of these communities, I wish I could let myself go that much to really be one with nature, but the draw of the Taos desert is not that strong. Their methods are inspiring though, even for city folk who are trying to just leave less of a footprint. And they do have TV's and even washers and dryers, so they are not so out there. Watch the video from the link, it was great. And the you tube video explains it all better than I ever could.
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TheLegendTomWing
TheLegendTomWing
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Philadelphia, PA
66 months ago: Very cool!
and they look so awesome inside.
i want one...
elguapo
elguapo
Littleton, CO
66 months ago: I'm kind of with your wife, I need some distractions around, and not to mention a few good restaurants. I think we are on the verge of being closer to this in established society, even if it is just a little step like a smart grid. Either way, smart things are happening here and there!
Coloranter Raver
Coloranter Raver
Denver, CO
66 months ago: Yeah, I need to take a drive down there. Lately, there's a lot of appeal to living in better harmony with nature and this glorious planet of ours for as long as it lasts.
66 months ago: Those are indeed excellent, and very reminiscent of Tatooine. Well done desert people!

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