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135 - More FAQs about 30 years Living in a House Made of Trash

135 - More FAQs about 30 years Living in a House Made of Trash

November 21, 2021

About 30 years ago, Annie and Jay Warmke decided to build an Earthship (a home made of tires, cans, bottles, mud and recycled materials) in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Over the years, many of the nearly 40,000 visitors have had questions about the hardships and realities of seeking a sustainable and purpose-driven life.

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion what was gained and what was lost in dropping out of the consumption-driven lifestyle to build a life more connected to the earth.

134 - Marketing Yourself

134 - Marketing Yourself

November 14, 2021

So how can you live your dream but still pay the rent?  Many see it as a choice of either working at a soul-sucking job or struggling to make ends meet as you build your little cabin in the woods.   But there is a lot of space between those two choices.

Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station are joined by Elyse Perruchon, who has co authored a recent book, the Family Guide to Medical School Admissions.  So how does this relate to sustainability? 

Getting into an elite school involves a great deal of self-evaluation, developing your narrative, marketing yourself, and relying to the support of your family and community.  Living a purpose-driven life requires the same.

133 - Electric Vehicles (EVs) in 2021

133 - Electric Vehicles (EVs) in 2021

November 7, 2021

Most major automobile companies have announced that they are transitioning to a fully electric fleet over the next decade or two. EVs (electric vehicles) are becoming more common – accounting for 25% of all cars sold in 2020. India and China will soon challenge Detroit and Japan as they build their EV manufacturing capacity. We are witnessing the death (or maybe a slide into retirement) of the internal combustion engine.

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion where we are as a society with electric vehicles today – and where we are headed in the next decade or so.

132 - Earthship Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

132 - Earthship Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

October 31, 2021

About 30 years ago, Annie and Jay Warmke decided to build an Earthship (a home made of tires, cans, bottles, mud and recycled materials) in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Over the years, nearly 40,000 people have visited and normally come loaded with dozens of questions.

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of some of the frequently asked questions about the good, the bad and the ugly of living in a house made of trash.

131 - Sustainable Utilities

131 - Sustainable Utilities

October 24, 2021

So you have decided to build your dream cabin out in the woods and sit out the Zombie Apocalypse.   So how would you design your lifestyle so that the utilities you consume are reliable, safe and gentle on the planet?

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the various utility systems options for water harvesting, waste disposal, heating and cooling, electricity and even communications.

130 - Buying Land

130 - Buying Land

October 17, 2021

Many people dream of the day they can buy themselves a dozen acres out in the country, build their little cabin, raise some tomatoes and let the world drift by with all its craziness and insane stimulation.  Surprisingly few actually turn that dream into reality.

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the process and pitfalls of locating and purchasing that little patch of paradise - and how to make the odds a bit better that that dream will not turn into a nightmare.

088- Solar Pollution

088- Solar Pollution

October 11, 2021

Solar energy is one of the fastest growing industries worldwide.  It currently produces about 2% of the US electricity - but is anticipated to generate as much as 30% within a decade.  And as is true with any large industry - it will create its share of problems.

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the environmental problems the growth of solar energy will generate for our planet - from mineral extraction, to pollution during manufacturing, to how to deal with the waste stream when the systems grow old and fail.

129 - Transitioning Your Life Towards Living Sustainably

129 - Transitioning Your Life Towards Living Sustainably

October 3, 2021

Nearly 30 years ago Annie and Jay Warmke quit their high-paying corporate jobs, sold their suburban home, and moved to the hills of Appalachia to build a home out of tires and mud. The goal was to live a carbon neutral – or even a negative carbon lifestyle.

Many of the over 35,000 people who have visited Blue Rock Station over the years have asked - “What made you do such a crazy thing? And how did you manage it?”

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of their experience moving towards a sustainable lifestyle and the lessons learned over 30 years of living in a house made of trash.

128 - Solar Incentives Available Today

128 - Solar Incentives Available Today

September 26, 2021

We are transitioning to a solar economy. In the last decade solar power has become the cheapest form of energy available – far cheaper than coal, nuclear and even natural gas.

Yet there still remain incentive programs at the federal, state and local levels that help make solar power even cheaper still. In fact, some programs designed for rural businesses will even pay around 75% of the cost of installing a system.

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the various incentive programs currently available that can help place solar on your home or business at an incredibly low cost.

127 - Hippie versus Hipster

127 - Hippie versus Hipster

September 19, 2021

Today's "hipster" culture seems to idealize their perception of the "hippie" culture of the 1960's.  The see it as a time of great change, rebellion, great music...

But was it really?  Society once again faces great threats, a dysfunctional political system, a focus on consumerism, an alienated and disconnected youth.  But is that where the similarities end?

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the realities and myths, the similarities and differences of how today's and yesterday's youth have rebelled (or bought into) the culture of the day.

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