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21 Amazing Off-The-Grid Houses

Real talk: Between diminishing stores and oil wars, fossil fuel-dependance is officially a bad deal. In the future, as these resources get scarcer, we’re going to have to figure out how to live in a little more harmony with Mother Earth. Here are 21 houses that are already doing it right: eschewing the power grid for solar, wind and geothermal energy sources.

Earthship in Taos County, New Mexico, US

Picture: Kayla Sawyer


House with living roof in Ithaca, NY

Picture: Shira Golding Evergreen


Para Eco-House, Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Picture: SDEurope


An off-the-grid house just beyond the Rio Grande Gorge near Taos, New Mexico

Picture: Tolka Rover


Icelandic eco house

Picture: sigkyrre


Zero-emission eco house designed by Potton, UK

Picture: Mike Hales


Greenwich Millennium Eco-Village, London

Picture: Lars Plougmann


La Puerta del Sol in Barrio San Nicolas, Mexico

Picture: Scott & Emily www.wegoslow.com


Richard Carbonnier’s tubular eco-house in Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

Picture: Mike Beauregard


Eco-home in Woubrigge, Netherlands

Picture: Mirjana Chamberlain-Vucic


Eco house at the DC Festival, Washington, DC, 2005

Picture: John Bointon


EcoHome designed by Will Collins. Eco Village Currumbin, Tallebudgera, Australia

Picture: Sander van Dijk


Eco house, Parc Jean Drapeau, Montreal

Picture: Tiago Bortoletto Vaz


Another eco house at Parc Jean Drapeau, Montreal

Picture: Tiago Bortoletto Vaz


BASF eco house, Green Close, University Park, Nottingham, UK

Picture: University of Nottingham


The Brighton Earthship, Brighton, East Sussex, UK

Picture: Dominic Alves


The “Effizienzhaus Plus”, Berlin, Germany

Picture: Sean Gallup/Getty Images


Eco house prototype by SCI-Arc/Caltech at the Solar Decathlon 2011, Washington DC

Picture: Jim Tetro/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon


Creation of Team Florida at the Solar Decathlon 2011, Washington DC

Picture: Jim Tetro/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon


Parsons NS Stevens’s house at the Solar Decathlon 2011, Washington DC

Picture: Jim Tetro/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon


The solar powered FabLab House, concept by the Instituto de Arquitectura Avanzada de Catalunya

Picture: Denis Doyle/Getty Images


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