Off Grid Winchester is an environmentally conscious, eco-friendly business and network for like minded
individuals and businesses seeking to live independantly and in harmony with nature. We strive to educate and inform our
community, one person at a time, on the benefits of independent, conscious, and off-grid living.
Our Value System
Our eco-friendly practices and values include (extended to our Renewable Energy work):
Community Education: We strive to bring education and awareness to our community through community
training, affordable class instruction and free dissemination of resources and information when possible.
Socially Conscious Spending: We consciously buy products from companies and people who care about people
and about the environment.
Environmentally friendly: in all ways possible.
Recycling: Encouragement of Recycle, Re-use, Repair -- All atempts are made to recycle plastics,
metals, glass and paper-cardboard.
Our Forests / Land: A belief that our forest brethern, trees, should only be cut down when absolutely necessary
(i.e. public danger), and that we build and live in harmony among them.
Chemicals and Pesticides: No chemicals, pesticides, or environmentally damaging products of any kind
are used on the grounds of any properties under stewardship of Off Grid Winchester.
Insecticides: No toxic or environmentally damaging insecticides are used on our behalf.
Vegetarianism:Our Founder is vegetarian and encourages this healthy life-style to those seeking
a healthy, peaceful life.
Solar / Renewable Power: The Land Celebration Facilities have a 3.2 kilo-watt grid-tied solar power system operating
every moment that the sun shines, installed by the Regional Experiential Center for Solar Technology.
Organic Gardening: An organic and/or heirloom garden is planted each spring at our center
(The Land Celebration) and our our Founder's homes and harvested throughout Summer and Fall.
Lighting: Replacement of all incandescent lighting with low energy compact fluorescent and/or LED bulbs is
omni-present at our facility and our homes.
Solar Thermal Hot Water: It is the goal of this foundation to encourage affordable solar thermal hot
water systems for efficiently and inexpensively heating water off grid.
Drinking Water: Founders home and Land Celebration facility are on well water -- no chlorine, no flouride,
and contains all of the minerals and billions of micro-organisms needed for a healthy digestive tract plus independance
from the grid.
Cleaning Products: Only green (environmentally friendly, non-toxic, bio-degradable, pet-safe) cleaning
products are used throughout by staff or volunteers.
Household Products: Only green (100% recycled materials) paper products are used here including our
toilet paper, paper towels, & napkins. Our trashbags are either masde from post-consumer recycled plastics or are bio-degradable
corn based materials.
Renewable Energy: Use of renewable energies when possible for off grid living and independance - our
facility includes a 3.2 kilowatt grid tied solar power system, will soon include a wind turbine and solar thermal hot water
Wind Power: Founders home will soon be switching to utilizing energy strictly from Wind
Power sources in the Electric Grid as they become available in WV.
Health Destroying Habits: such as smoking, use of recreational drugs and alcohol,
and other addictive habit forming substances are highly discouraged by this organization. Healthy Life-style habits are
Conservation of Energy / Eco-Conscious Life-Style: We tirelessly attempt to educate all friends of the
organization as to the importance of conserving energy, turning off lights and TV's when not in use, recycling,
repairing, re-using, eating organically, and dressing appropriately to conserve heat in
winter and air-conditioning in summer.
These life-style habits save us money and help to reduce our carbon footprint and our green house gas emissions.
Hunting: and killing of creatures of any kind is not condoned by the organization.
Clean Air / Clean Water: Working with local officials to keep the waters and air of our county and state
Vehicle Use: Our Founder drives a fuel efficient vehicle (30+ mpg highway) to keep his personal
carbon foot print as low as possible. Vince plans on upgrading to
Toyota's Plug-In Electric vehicle powered by a large grid-tied solar panel by 2014.
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