An Off Grid Ecohouse


An Off Grid Ecohouse

Living off-grid is neither difficult nor uncomfortable.

The house uses solar energy to generate power and hot water. You can see the solar panels in this photo. The electric supply is 220v but limited to protect the batteries,. You will not find items such as dishwasher or washing machine or TV. The large chest fridge is 24 volt and stays at 6 degrees. There is no problem charging your phones or computers. There is no wi-fi but a 4G signal allows you to communicate with the world if you want to (which many of our visitors do not!)

We save rainwater for the toilets, and provide water in containers for drinking and cooking. Waste water is filtered through a reedbed drainage system.  The toilets use very little water, and waste is fed into a composting unit. There is no septic tank.

We heat the house with a woodburning stove, using mainly wood we collect locally.

We cook on gas and there is a large gas barbecue for your use. I know it is a fossil fuel but we have to be practical . Open fires outside are forbidden by law.

Staying at Refuge Madeloc provides many valuable lessons for children, and adults too. David will be happy to show you how it all works.