Overview: Our household in its everyday operation uses energy, water, air, and an ever-expanding amount of materials. Our journey toward sustainability involves returning to a lifestyle and household where mindful consumption catapults us forward to living more in balance with a healthy and vibrant ecosystem. Conservation and efficiency -- the two most important aspects of our approach to responsible energy use -- inspire us through their remarkable simplicity of implementation and through their stunning effectiveness. Conservation means using less. Efficiency means using the energy we need as carefully and optimally as possible.
Timing: On-going and incrementally, as budgets permit.
Short-list of Top Energy Savers:
Ecological Impacts:What energy we do use, we try to use as efficiently as possible. Based on utility records, we've discovered that we're using about 40 percent less energy than the former owners did, putting us below the average single family home in Wisconsin of about 10,000 kWh/year. Selecting energy efficient appliances immediately helped reduce the amount of energy we used, which saved us money and reduced our impact on the environment.
Farmstead Overview and Self-guided Booklet: Print out the 20 page booklet, The Good Life Guide: A self-guided tour of Inn Serendipity & the renewable energy systems that make it possible.
Demonstration Grant Funding Support: Portions of this website and related Good Life Guide: A self-guided tour of Inn Serendipity & the renewable energy systems that make it possible were made possible, in part, through funding provided by the Wisconsin Focus on Energy Program.
An overview of the many renewable energy systems, "green design" approaches, natural building projects, and conservation measures employed at the Inn are summarized in an Inn Serendipity fact sheet and detailed in the innkeepers' books: Farmstead Chef, Rural Renaissance, ECOpreneuring and the vegetarian cookbook, Edible Earth. You can also read Lisa and John's latest "Farmstead Chef" blogs on HobbyFarms.com.