CNY Sustainability: "Living Off the Grid" Talk on 10/26
10/22/2005 12:03:00 PM | Author: baloghblog


"That's what we like to call our experimental house. We really wanted to see if we could do it and how we would get along," Mary Musacchio, 56, said. "We lived in the village (of Canastota) for about two years, and I hated it. I hated writing checks to NiMo."

Twenty years later, the couple is on their third home all of them built by Frank and none of them connected to external power sources.

Musacchio will discuss her life off the power grid on Wednesday at the Canastota Public Library.

"With the prices of gas and everything else being so high this year, people are really looking for ways to save money, so we thought hearing from Mary would maybe spark some creative ideas," said Tish DeMauro, the library's assistant director.


They equipped the larger house with solar panels, and were finally able to use modern appliances and equipment: a refrigerator, a television with satellite dish, a microwave, a computer, an indoor fish aquarium. Frank Musacchio, a musician, plays electric bass and keyboard.

For the past four years, the Musacchios have lived in a new home, about three miles north of Canastota, that runs on solar energy and propane gas.

And their home, lit by compact fluorescent bulbs, is becoming more energy-efficient all the time.

Last month, the couple installed a toilet that uses only eight ounces of water per flush, rather than the 1.6-gallon (204.8-ounce) systems that standard low-water toilets use.


Mary said some people still think she and her husband are strange for living such a simple life, but she said they are passionate about living greenly.

"People keep complaining about how high their bills are, but they don't want to do anything about it. They opt for convenience over cost or their conscience," she said. "We really enjoy living simply. This is something that really works for us."

40 mins east of Syracuse. I am going to go and check it out (carpool anyone?). 10/26 7:00-830pm in the Canastota Public Library 102 Center St. More info at 697-7030

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