Green Before Green was Cool

Notice anything unusual in this photo of an Amish farm? Look closer and you’ll see it: solar panels on the roof of the house.

The Amish may not wire their homes for electricity, but they frequently utilize other sources of power, including many of the following:

• kerosene, naptha, gasoline, diesel, propane, and other gasses

• compressed air

• gravity, wind, water, and solar power

• wood and coal

and more.

Some districts choose to limit certain types of power, but in general the Amish have found remarkably ingenious ways to make their lives easier by using approved, independent power sources instead of “hooking into the grid” of public utilities such as electricity.

Considering the number of solar panels I’ve spotted around Lancaster County, the Amish were “going green” long before the rest of us even thought about it!


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