Here is our solar home.

The solar array perched below stores electricity in a large battery bank for night time usage.


A unique pesrspective of the cabin - Bruce Witzel photo


  Bruce & Fran's place - Darrel McIntosh photo

                                                               photo by Darrel McIntonish, Fine Art America


Windows face towards the sun – south west and south east.

This provides free energy for many days of the year.


Bruce & Fran's cabin from the front yard - B. Witzel photo



Bruce & Fran's place - B. Witzel photo



  The large solar tank by the staircase heats water for washing and bathing.


Cabin's solar array and solar hot water system - Bruce Witzel photo



Bruce & Fran's place (1280x853) -Darrel McIntosh  photo

photo by Darrel McIntosh


Bruce & Fran's in early spring - B. Witzel photo


The north side has fewer and smaller windows…

,From behind the arbour, Bruce and Fran's place - Bruce Witzel photo


When it is raining and cloudy or on the coldest winter days, firewood is used as a backup fuel.

From the drive way and splitting firewood - Francis Guenette photo



Solar powered cabin in winter - Bruce Witel photo



Bruce's and Fran's cabin in winter - B. Witzel photo


  The old wind turbine…

The old days with the wind generator - B.Witzel photo


Izzy’s front deck in a winter snow.

 Front deck in winter - B. Witzel photo


And a starry night….

Bruce and Fran's, under the stars - B. Witzel photo

“We need to bring sustainable energy to every corner of the globe with technologies like mini grids, solar powered lights, and wind turbines.” – Ban Ki Moon



~ Bruce ~



Posted for the Weekly Photo Challenge – from every angle


  1. This is the most beautiful place in the most beautiful surroundings – pand its all solar powered? This must be a dream come true! Is there a well or spring on the property as well? (Sorry, I haven’t yet read any of the other posts so I may need to go through your blog a bit more thorougly). This is like my dream home…unfortunately I need to live near a city as I work as a psychotherapist with kids and need to be in an urban/suburban area. As soon as that isn’t required anymore, I’d move even further out than where we are (commuting isn’t a good thing either – for me or the environment).
    Lovely – what you’ve created ….and thanks for sharing. Good to know that dreams can come true (even if not for me :-))

    • Thank you for our kind comment Gia, The commuting is always the catch-22 in rural living, with a 25 minute drive to the nearest small town.

      Our home is not completely solar powered and at times I describe it as sun-tempered. Each year we also use 1 to 2 cords of firewood and about 50lbs of propane and 50 gallons of gasoline for a back up generator. Our water source is from a small stream, and this same water source helps power a small micro-hydro turbine during the rainy season.

      We also use a solar oven on sunny days. As you see from the 2nd to last photo, for many years we also utilized a wind turbine, but it toppled over in an extreme winds about 5 years ago, and we’ve not replaced it. We plan to double the size of our solar electric array as this would just about eliminate the gas powered generator.

      May you keep up you good work in psychotherapy with youth, and best of luck for all of our good dreams of the earth.

      “There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?” (George Bernard Shaw, as quoted by Robert Kennedy…)

      With peace and love – Bruce

    • Thanks Jerry. I try to wear a hat on the sunniest days. Solar shading is appropriate at times. The nearest nuclear power activities to here that I am aware of are accross the border in Washington state, maybe 5 or 6 hundred miles away. Some US nuclear powered submarines. Then of course there’s Hanford, next to the mighty Columbia. Such irony in that – all that hydro power developed right next to a nuclear waste dump.

  2. Bruce, you have a wonderful home in a wonderful place in the world…God bless you! Passive solar and simpler lives are the answer to our “energy crises”. Want less, live more, regenerate more…:)

    • Thanks Silvia. Haven’t turned on the computer since last Tuesday. Passive solar is so simple and elegant. No moving parts to break down, just wipe off the glass once a year or so.

      Years ago I had a couple bumper sticker on a small truck. It said “Live simply, so that others can simply live.” I am still trying to continue to live up to that message (the world is so full of complicated stuff).

      I always appreciate your endeavors, and you give me much inspiration in working towards a permacultural, eco-logical, & sustainable lifestyle for all. Blessings to you, aslo. And as our Buddhist friends say, be well.

  3. You and Fran have created such a wondrous home. 💞 I especially love how it perfectly suits its setting. And, as always, fabulous photos!

    • Thanks so much Christine. I remember the time Fran was sitting outside when I was rebuilding the deck and she said “heh Bruce – instead of building the deck back to the kitchen, why don’t we build the kitchen up to the deck!” I think I groaned, but it was a brilliant idea. Now we have a larger kitchen!

    • Thanks David. I was partly inspired in the late 70’s by a book out of the UK entitled “the Autonomous House”. I think about things now so differently, realizing the interdependence and connectedness of all that exists.

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