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An off-grid experimental homestead in Freeville, NY.

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50% to 74%

of electricity

Energy Needs Met


or more of hot water

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Off Grid PV Currently, there are several projects taking shape on our land. Our first structure is a straw-bale cottage with the following features: ~water catchment from the roof ~south facing salvaged windows ~Re-used mosaic tiling Our main structure is an off-grid house with the following highlights: ~ Solar panels on roof ~Diesel generator converted to run on waste veggie oil ~Solar hot water ~Earth bermed mainly on the North and West walls ~Solar passive ~Radiant floor heating (not yet in use) ~Plumbing for a grey water system ~Wood stove The Dacha Project is a group of six people who are in the process of creating an environmentally sustainable house & home together. Even though we are mainly unskilled laborers and have minimal funding, we are in the process of seeing our dream come true due to determination, research and the help of our community.

Efficiency or Sustainability Improvements:

Loose Fill Cellulose Alternate greywater, Daylighting, Earth sheltered, Local Materials, Passive solar, Radiant floor heating, Rain Barrels, Recycled Materials, Straw bale, Sunspace

Open House Info:

From downtown, take N Meadow St/NY-13 Turn left at Hanshaw Rd 1.7 mi Turn right at Niemi Rd 1.0 mi Take the 2nd left onto Sheldon Rd 2.0 mi Turn right at Bone Plain Rd 1.0 mi Take the 1st left onto N Wood Rd NOTE: We have a sign up that reads "DACHA" by the driveway but there is no mailbox yet. We are also working on the following items: ~a salvaged satellite dish converted to a solar cooker ~a vehicle that runs on waste vegetable oil ~converting our bio-diesel generator to also run on waste vegetable-oil ~an organic garden and orchard ~recycled chalkboard slate from school as counter top

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