Cielo Isla is also known as The Solar Arc, Confusing a bit, but 2 names are better than one, Either way, they are the natural alternative to living a less typical lifestyle. “Alternative” building materials have been around as long as humans have been able to stack rocks on top of each other. Although building methods have greatly improved, when you’re living off grid, with a budget, surrounded by nature, you might as well use it. We press out our own mud bricks. They consist of dirt and sand, that’s it. The press is no joke, and after making 100 bricks before the end of the day, you’re probably not gonna want to go on a late day hike. But it does it’s job, consistently. As well as using mud bricks, The Solar Arc (Cielo Isla) also constructs foundation walls out of a mixture of concrete and pumice, which is another inexpensive building material in the New Mexico area. Throw in the right amount of windows, (as many as you can find) set the roof layering accordingly, and thermal dynamics keeps the house temperature controlled all times of the year with proper ventilation modifications. Not only is this 10 acre homestead built alternatively, it runs completely self contained, using wind, solar, and bio gas. As I learn more about these 3 massive energy upgrades I hope to apply at least 2 into my root system. Solar is all about knowing what you are running verses what you are talking in. Monitor everything and defiantly get some personal knowledge on it, but you’ll be surprised how easily operate-able solar can be. Wind is very comparable to solar as far as energy storage and usage. Monitor and study how best to use wind energy just as you would solar. As for bio gas… Well, animal excrement (including our own) has been providing fuel as far back as the first testament. Although The Solar Arc doesn’t use human shit, we do however see no problem in turning the chicken poop into bio gas. The sun and the greenhouse effect, heat the methane digester, which turns to part methane, and part effluent. Methane is extremely similar to propane, and the effluent is a powerful and clean liquid fertilizer, used for both watering and selling. Once again, if this sounds like something you can accomplish with the livestock you have, and you don’t mind the work, look into the bio gas process and you’ll be a bit surprised how easy it is to run once the digester, gas tank, and compressor has been properly installed. Solar, wind, and bio gas all run fairly self sufficiently after installation. But it takes the love and the maintenance to keep any well oiled machine running. Additionally, loving yourself and maintaining your own balance will keep everything you’re passionate about together as well. A solid foundation with the right connections is how we build beautiful and personal creations that give us wonder, and last forever.