Mike and his wife Diane relocated from West Palm Beach, Florida to Taos, New Mexico almost a year ago to find out just that. They spent 30 years on the east coast near the beach and nothing could make them go back to conventional housing now. They said the only reason they did not do this sooner is because they still had kids at home.
Now that their three kids have moved out of the house they retired to the freedom of an Earthship over looking the snow caped mountains in the desert north of the small town of Taos. Although they are hardly empty nesters they have their three dogs that keep them more then enough company. If wasn’t for having to go into town to buy dog food they might not need to make any trips into town. Their Earthship home consist of a greenhouse, nine solar panels with batteries, a solar water heater, rainwater catchment, greywater recycling, and on site sewage treatment.
They enjoy the simpler life in an Earthship. In Florida their mortgage, utilities bills, and other oppressive restrictions like homeowner fees and strict requirements provided extra stress that they did not think was necessary. They said they wouldn’t make that mistake again. They enjoy the much more serene, liberating lifestyle in addition to the fact they no longer feel as if people are living right on top of them.
Diane gardens in the morning and is proud of everything that she has grown in their Earthship. They have strawberries, baby cucumbers, lettuce, zucchini, broccoli, herbs and more tomatoes they can’t eat fast enough.
When asked if they would ever go back to the conventional lifestyle in unison they both responded with a firm, loud “No” and when asked if they liked this new lifestyle better then their old conventional way of living they said there was no comparison. They had been watching Earthships for four years and when the opportunity to rent came up it was a no brainer for them.
They both work from home Mike is starting an online eco-home business and Diane creates gift baskets from online orders.
Their lifestyle seems to resemble all of the modern conveniences. They have their computers on all day for work then at night they watch 3- 4 hours of movies sometimes even while doing the wash too. They have a flat screen TV, a fridge, a washer, a dryer, and their water is solar heated. Most Earthships have a backup gas water heater but theirs does not, and the only time they had consistent cloudy days and had to boil water on the stove for a bath was when their daughter was visiting. They aren’t quiet sure if she enjoyed the experience. They don’t have too many visitors from Florida one of their friends commented that they were moving to the moon comparing the terrain of New Mexico to the craters in the moon or maybe he was referring to New Mexico’s interest in the ETs. Either way Mike and Diane are still happy with their choice.
When it comes to their power use they do have to be aware of the charge controller which happens to be very user friendly. There is a green light that means you are good to go, a yellow light that means cut back your power use, and the red light means “your dead” as Diane says.
The only external sources their house requires is propane gas for cooking and they have water shipped in when the rainfall is low.