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Midwestern U.S. Homes


Home is where the bunker, train or container is
(The (UAE) National Conversation, August 23, 2011)


Off-grid living: Is creating electricity at home worth the startup cost?
(Charleston Journal Gazette and Times-Courier, IL, June 9, 2007)


Practicing the permaculture he preaches
(Kansas City Star, September 30, 2011)

Living simple life takes work
(Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal, Jan. 16, 2005)


Off the grid: NE Iowans becoming energy independent
(Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, October 26, 2008)

Renewable energy sources to be featured in Saturday open house
(Spencer (Ia.) Daily Reporter, May 2, 2008)

Eco-friendly Iowans thrive off the grid
(Des Moines Register, Jan. 21, 2007)

Community in northeast Iowa is energy self-sufficient
(Mason City (IA) Globe-Gazette, Jan. 16, 2005)


videoOff The Grid in Kansas In A Straw Bale House III
(YouTube, July 2012)

The eco experience
(Hutchinson News, May 7, 2011)

Straw Bale House on the Prairie
excerpt from The Hybrid House
(Mother Earth News, Sept. 30, 2010)

Studio 804 builds first LEED platinum house in KC
(The KU Daily Kansan, Jan. 21, 2010)

Studio 804 residence in Kansas City earns LEED Platinum status
(KU News Release, Jan. 19, 2010)

KCK house goes off the grid
(Kansas City Star, May 15, 2009)

Green house: Students aim to meet LEED Platinum standards with eco-friendly house
(ink (KC), May 13, 2009)

Greensburg Kansas Special Section

Living off the grid
(Topeka Capital-Journal, Feb. 27, 2006)
(Registration required)

Gridless Urban House Project - Urban Kansas Home that is off the grid
(Web-site sponsored by KCC Energy Program

Area couple has their own energy island
(Colby Free Press, December 2, 2002)

The simple life - off grid
(Hays Daily News, November 30, 2002)

Living off-grid explained
(Hays Daily News, November 30, 2002)


Troy's celebrated solar house left in dark
(Detroit News, May 15, 2009)

Bangor couple's 'off-grid' home allows living lightly on the land
(Kalamazoo Gazette, April 22, 2007)

HOME SOLAR SYSTEM: Active, passive energy run Dexter Twp. house
(Detroit Free Press, October 1, 2006)


Going Off the Grid
(Houston County (MN) News, June 18, 2014)

Winona County couple’s off-the-grid house featured in solar home tour
(Winona Daily News, October 5, 2012)

Living simply off the grid
SS(Minneapolis Star-Tribune, July 7, 2007)

Two views -- living lightly on the land
(YourHub.com, June 14, 2007)

Building a new life — and taking it off the grid
(Preston (MN) Republican-Leader, Feb. 23, 2006)
Project web-site

'Off the grid' a way of life at Sawbill Outfitters
(Cook County (MN) News-Herald, April 15, 2005)


At Missouri church, green movement gathers steam
(Kansas City Star, June 6, 2006)
(Registration Required to view)

Choosing a Great Life
(Mother Earth News, Issue #194, Oct./Nov. 2002)

Schafer Farms Natural Meats
(Company Web-site - Same couple featured in above article - see "About Us")


The simple life: Vietnam vet hopes to build an off-the-grid farming community in Hillsboro
(La Crosse Tribune, January 11, 2009)

Energy-efficient house moves off utility grid
(Green Bay (WI) Press-Gazette, Oct. 18, 2006)

Energy-efficient house moves off utility grid
(Oshkosh (WI) Northwestern, Oct. 18, 2006)

A powerful feeling
(Wisconsin State Journal - Madison, Oct. 4, 2006)

Power From Above: Home Solar Installation One Of Area's Largest Ever
(Madison (Wis.) Capital Times, Sept. 24, 2005)

Wind power’s potential kicks up growing interest
(Green Bay (WI) Press-Gazette, Feb. 13, 2005)

Low-impact living
Family chooses to live close to the earth
(Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Feb. 14, 2004)

Kennan couple builds energy-efficient home
Is only Price County structure featured Oct.4 in state tour of solar buildings
(The Phillips (Wis.) Bee, October 2, 2003)

French Island family is solar powered
(La Crosse (Wis.) Tribune, May 26, 2003)

Living Off the Grid
(Shepherd Express, Milwaukee, Wis., November 22, 2001)

Feeling empowered
(Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, July 29, 2001)

Eastern U.S. homes


Love of nature luring people to energy-efficient lifestyle in Blount County
(Birmingham (AL) Post-Herald, Sept. 29, 2004)


Here Comes The Sun
(The New London Day, March 8, 2009)

Going green: Design movement growing to build environmentally friendly buildings
(Danbury (CT) News-Times, Feb. 4, 2007)


Living 'Off-the-grid' (JPG 1.4 MB)
(Navarre (Fla.) Press, October 14, 2010)

Deerfield couple's solar panels take them 'off the grid'
(South Florida Sun-Sentinel, November 20, 2009)

Couple Learns to Live Off the Electrical Grid
(Orlando Sentinel, November 1, 2009)

One man's fight to become free of FPL
(Miami Herald, August 27, 2006)

Soaking up the rays
(Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, Oct. 1, 2005)


Rainbarrels took brewery off the grid
(Mother Nature Network, Nov. 18, 2009)

Zero energy' homes are builder's pride
(Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 15, 2002)
Reprinted on Southface Energy Institute web-site.

Private power to the people
(Atlanta Business Chronicle, March 16, 2001)

Solar-powered house makes light of utility bills
(CNN.com, April 28, 1996)


No power line? No gas line? No problem for this off-the-grid couple
(Catholic News Service, November 18, 2008)

Recipe for a Solar Office: 1 Part Solar 5 Parts Load Reduction
Preview of subscription article from Homepower magazine, Oct./Nov. 2003

John F. Robbins solar home design
Personal Web-site, related to above article


 'Green' system keeps costs low
(Opelousas (LA) Daily World, Dec. 16, 2004)


Off the Grid With Solar Power
(Mother Earth News, Nov. 25, 2013)

Living off the grid
(Kennebec Journal, Sept. 19, 2011)

Took a lot of work, planning, but farm (mostly) goes off the grid
(Kennebec Journal Morning Sentinel, Oct. 19, 2008)

Living off-grid: 1,000 Maine families forgo electric bills for lifestyles from simple to pampered
(Bangor Daily News, October 9, 2008)

Living off electric-power grid sates urge for self-sufficiency
(Seattle Times, March 7, 2005)

Living the good life — on their own terms
(Brunswick (ME) Times Record News, Dec. 2, 2004)

Monaco Leads the Way Off the Grid
(Lincoln County (ME) News, Sept. 1, 2004)

Off the Grid
(The Swarthmore College Bulletin, March 1998)


Md. Couple Basks In Savings From A 19-Year-Old Solar System
(Washington Post, March 12, 2009)

Keedysville couple living off the grid
(Hagerstown Herald-Mail, Jan. 25, 2009)

Sun, wind, corn pare utility bills
(The Baltimore Sun, December 21, 2003)


Fairhaven family goes off the grid
(New Bedford Standard-Times, Nov. 13, 2009)

Cadets Go off the Grid
(Building Design and Construction, August 14, 2009)

The Zero-Energy Home Challenge