This is what runs this whole place. Eight happy solar panels and a whirring wind generator. Honestly, it should be law for folks living out here to run off the grid (along with the assistance to make it feasible). With ever present trade winds and sunshine practically all the time, there is power to spare and power to share. It hasn't been much of a change for Zach and I, since the boat is also run off solar power (except when we plug in winter heaters or the rare summer air conditioning). So we know the drill about turning off lights, unplugging things, and just being mindful of our electric consumption. We have to wait for a super sunny/ windy day to do laundry since the washing machine (even being a super efficient one) is one of the highest power draws. And why anyone in this area would own a clothes dryer is beyond me!?
My dad also set up a rain catchment system, but it doesn't have the proper filters and pumps to be used as household water. So aside from a pretend ocean for little leaf boats, it gets used for the garden and the animals.
I love seeing Zach absorb the magical combination of living off the grid with the added bonus of farm life (collecting eggs to eat, picking fruit for "breakfast ice cream", caring for the animals) to experience what it's like to really live off the land. Now that's what I call a fabulous winter term of kindergarten!
(we're off to the volcano with some friends for a few days... see ya on the flip side)