Gordy Girls are officially “Off the Grid.” For the past two days we have been starting to conserve our energy as well as produce our own energy. Before Gordy was switched off the grid, we received our power from the grid in the Center for Environmental Education. But currently, since Tom Twist and Jason Chandler switched us off the grid our cabin receives its energy from the solar panels on the roof and Hubert, the battery pack bike.
So far 20-30 minutes of biking on reasonably sunny days has kept our cabin’s electricity up and running. Once it snows and the solar panels are not in direct line with the sun we will need to bike even more in order to produce enough watts to turn on our lights. This is where we need to put in more effort to stay sustainable.
But in my opinion the effort is, and will be, worth it. I look forward to knowing that my cabinmates’ and my effort (sweat) on the bike will lead to contributing to the amount of energy we are able to use. Yes, the feelings of accomplishment will feel good as we turn on our lights. But my biggest excitement comes from knowing that my cabinmates and I worked hard to produce the power in order to allow for a sustainable cabin on Chewonki Neck.
-Lindsey Sinicki, Peak’s Island, ME