Saturday, April 24, 2010

Want To Buy A Lifestyle...?

If you want a complete solar homestead...and I mean COMPLETE, then check this story out!

Seems like these folks are making it easy to start living the "off-grid" life as soon as you can come up with the purchase price!

Catalog offers mail-order home: This one's solar

© 2010 The Associated Press
April 22, 2010, 12:25PM

BOULDER, Colo. — Real Goods Solar Inc. has been selling solar panels for homes for years, but its latest mail-order catalog goes one step further: The Louisville (LOO'-iss-vil), Colo., company offers a whole solar house, with a choice of traditional or cedar siding.

The factory-built, one-story house by Boulder-based Solar Village Homes goes for $90,000 to $120,000. It has energy-efficient and energy-producing features, including solar electrical and hot water systems. Setting it up could cost $40,000 to $100,000 extra.

Solar Village co-founder Mark Kostovny says it's possible for solar home owners to have no energy bills, depending on their consumption.

Well, it's nice to know that a total package can be bought from a catalog. Now, if someone wanted to loan me the small sum of $140,000...I could jump right in! (the extra is for the set-up)

How about some coffee on the patio, my friends? We can plan where to put our new "solar home"...and how we are going to pay for it!


The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Not bad, but what annoyes me is that one sort of already have to have a lot of money to be able to save some :-) :-)
Have a great day now!

HermitJim said...

Hey Christer...
The cost does seem to be a little out of my reach right now! I don't think I have that much in my piggy bank...!

Oh well, guess we'll just have to wait until we win the lottery!

Thanks for coming by today!

JoJo said...

Good Morning My Special One,
How about needing the lot and what would that cost. Some lots cost more then the house. Nothing ever comes cheap these days.
Coffee on the patio sound lovely I will bring some fresh ground coffee to the table. Still kins of cold here.
going to try and get some pics of the new snow on the mountains today.

HermitJim said...

Hey JoJo...
That would certainly be the most important have some place to build the house!

Always something, isn't it?

Mechanic in Illinois said...

At least someone is fnally facing the energy problem. It looks good to possibly not having utility bills. The 200,000 to do it is the only problem. Thanks for another great lesson.

HermitJim said...

Hey Mehanic...
Like you said, at least someone out there is showing that there are solutions.

Might be in the "yuppie" type price range...but it is at least a solution.

Never hurts to have another option, ya know?

Thanks for coming by today!

Dana said...

I'll take a cup of that coffee! At least the land is cheap if you get far enough away, and cheaper yet if you don't have to worry about electricity.

We're thinking about some combination of solar and wind in the future, but right now I'm just happy with free ranging my chickens and children and not worrying about the neighbors when the dogs bark.