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Appropriate Technology

We recognise that much of our present comfortable lifestyles are based on technologies that may become less accessible and/or affordable, and that they usually run counter to our desire for self-reliance and regenerative systems. We have a commitment to adapting to appropriate technologies, those that are small-scale, decentralized, people-centred, energy-efficient, environmentally sound, and locally controlled.

With some we are far down the track of adopting as our natural way of being, with others we are committed to further research and development, just to list a few:

  • Living simply, with less need for energy
  • Developing our limited hydroelectric sites
  • Meeting as many of our energy needs from wood-based bio-fuel systems, including Rocket stoves and gasifiers
  • Heating water from a combination of solar and bio-fuels
  • Composting toilets
  • Greywater systems
  • Passive home heating and cooling
  • Developing generic house design using largely local, non-toxic materials
  • Natural, home made hygiene products
  • Solar ovens and food driers
  • Herbal medicine
  • Bio-char making
  • Water harvesting