SELF-SUF­FI­CIENT FOR SUR­VIVAL

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

SHOULD Linda and Nevin Sweeney ever be con­fined to their home, they could sur­vive com­fort­ably for months, thanks to their as­sort­ment of crops and many sus­tain­able fea­tures in­stalled over decades. “I would like to say in­def­i­nitely, be­cause we save our own seeds and all that sort of stuff, but along the way there’s lit­tle in­puts you don’t re­alise you need,” Mr Sweeney said. “We would be able to have a rea­son­able – if not, a lit­tle bit de­fi­cient – pro­tein diet for some­where be­tween six to 12 months.” He said in such a sce­nario, the cou­ple would limit their elec­tric­ity us­age, made easy by their 10 so­lar pan­els, 12V sys­tem, one kW back-tothe-grid sys­tem and so­lar oven. The cou­ple’s lat­est elec­tric­ity bill came in at less than $30 for the quar­ter. And they were us­ing 3kW hours a day, sig­nif­i­cantly less than the av­er­age 14 to 16 for a twop­er­son fam­ily, Mr Sweeney said.

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