An ecofrienly house has always been a dream for Ralph Semrock. Over the past six years he and his wife have made that dream a reality.
"Everything has worked out exactly like I planned," he says, "That's very rewarding, and the house is very comfortable. That's what we're struck with. It's very, very comfortable."
Very comfortable indeed, but this place is a hot bed for green technology.
"If someone comes out here, they will see a variety of alternative sources in use: wind, photovoltaic, thermal, passive solar," Semrock tells us.
Ralph says, "We have a lot of information to give out to people if they want to do something similar to what we have done."
It's not just the use of wind turbines, solar panels, thermal panels or green building materials. It's utilizing natural ideas, centuries old, like earth shelters for seasonal temperature control.
Underneath a massive mound of earth actually lies a portion of a house. That helps control the temperatures through the variations from one season to the other.
"We have a constant indoor temperature, and we have so many sources of alternate heat and electricity, that it's very rewarding to get and electric bill. A couple months ago, it was $1.21."