In the far corner of the front yard of a large house in Land O’ Lakes, Florida, an RV rests, shaded by trees as clothing on a nearby line sways in the breeze. In this RV, National Geographic explorer Thomas Henry “T.H.” Culhane lives with his wife, Enas, almost entirely off the grid, running his RV home on solar power and food waste he and his wife produce and collect, reports National Geographic.
Inside their RV, they use gas created by their on-site biodigesters to cook on a gas-powered stove. They feed the biodigesters using their own food waste, in addition to food waste they collect from nearby restaurants. They also use energy created by the biodigesters to heat their bath water, which comes from a well on the property, and they keep their RV parked in a shady spot of the yard to avoid using air conditioning – even during a hot Florida summer.
Culhane and Enas have hot showers, a working gas stove, refrigerator, washing machine, and big screen TV – at no additional cost to the earth.
Sometimes on weekends the RV is turned into a classroom. Culhane and Enas host workshops that are held at Rosebud Continuum, a learning center that they have helped create in the yard nearby which works with community members and students to teach them how to respect and coincide peacefully with the environment.
Culhane has worked with communities around the world to put sustainability projects in place. From Cairo to Haiti to Jordan, he has devised plans to help people who don’t have a lot of resources, so that they can access cheap, effective sources of renewable energy to power their homes.
Parked in the yard of a very large house is now “off the grid”.