Earthships in Taos NM, the most unusual lifestyle I've seen

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Jeanne Gavish, Keller Williams Realty Elite Partners
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Earthship TaosEarthship TaosI have been looking forward to my visit to New Mexico since someone sent me a video about Earthships and the community in Taos who are living in these unusual structures.  i wanted to see how these people lived and supposedly thrived in self sustaining communities. 

Yesterday I got to visit Earthship World Headquarters in Taos New Mexico, and it was prett amazing!  There was an earthship available to tour, both guided and self guided.  Each aspect is exhibited and explained, and I was sorry that the tour house was set up as a Museum of Science and Industry Exhibit rather than a home because I was unable to visualize was a home would look like, even though the concepts were impressive. Some interesting facets of the lifestyle:

Electriticity is harvested from the sun and wind and stored in batteries for future use

Water is from snow and rain, caught on the roof, stored in cisterns, and is used (clean and potable), reused (for the garden), and finally reused a final time (for the toilet).

Heating and Cooling is through design and solar power, depending on the region.

Food is grown, both inside (to absorb pollution and oxygenate the air) and outside.

While I really  appreciate and admire this lifestyle, I am not quite ready for such an ecologically noble concept of homelife.  It was pretty extreme!  If you think you may want to try this, there are Earthsips available for rent for the night.Earthship Taos 

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Rainmaker
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Tim, they were so weird!  Beautiful inside but the landscape looked so inhospitable I just couldn't imagine living like that.

May 17, 2011 10:12 PM
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Frank Gallagher
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It's a cool concept for "other people."  For most what happens when day three has gone by and they haven't gotten their starbucks mocha frappa crappa latte?  Or the next episode of Glee is about to start but, oh yeah, that's right, we watch the stars at 9/8 central these days. This reminds me of the Bud Light commercial with the house built out of unopenned beer cans.  Or if you look into the "Ice Hotel" in scandinavia that is made entirely out of ice and available for a limited time during the year.  And then they rebuild it all over again.  I liked your comment about a virtual tour.  Can you imagine the sales agent reselling one of these?  "This 1983 rubber tire, soda can and milk carton contemporary home offers all the ammenities of  . . . great post!

May 18, 2011 03:09 AM
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Frank, the lifestyle is definitely not for Sissies like me! 

May 19, 2011 08:51 AM
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Hi Jeanne~

I am wondering about fire codes when bedrooms may be Earth-Bermed...do you have information on this?

May 23, 2011 12:12 PM
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JaneAnne, I don't know the answer because I am not sure there are federal fire , so would vary from state to state and these were in New Mexico.  You can go to the blog at http://www.earthship.org/blogcodes and ask the question or click the link in my post and the phone number and all contact info are at the bottom of their website. Good Luck

May 23, 2011 02:24 PM
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