The reasons for self-sufficiency are several:
Energy costs are exploding and for an affordable investment, it is possible to reduce 100% bills by 100%. Reclaimed water, free energy, a beautiful greenhouse, no subscription, no rent: living on a Noé houseboat costs almost nothing.
Food and energy independence are two basic ways for a lifestyle protecting the environment. Living without destruction is possible. Renewable, light, clean, healthy, sustainable, without intermediaries, etc.
In terms of tranquility
No power cuts, vegetables better than organic since grown at home. With the safest food, that of your own garden, and the most consistent and most inexhaustible energy – that of the sun, Noé offers secure and worry-free self-sufficicency.
Growing your daily food under glass or on the deck, using productive methods, you are certain of eating untreated foods, picked when just ready, rich and tasty. Pleasure and health are now only allowed if we grow our own food and Noé presents numerous advantages in this area.
In terms of happiness
Move slowly on the water, in the shade of trees along the banks, and across all the regions of Europe staying home all the time in your life cocoon. The peaceful rhythm of navigation, stop where you want, discover people, villages, cities, countries … This is more than autonomy, it is happiness!
Means of self-sufficiency
The cumulative area of all the roofs brings a large capacity for the recovery of rainwater, which is then stored in the hold. This allows the drinking water needs of a family to be met as well as crop watering. The house has an suitable filtration system or a reverse osmosis unit. Thus the sanitary and organic water quality aboard Noé is much greater than that of tap water.
The deck greenhouse allows, if efficiently cultivated, the needs of the occupants to be met. The principle of the growing containers (“wicking beds*” type) is very comfortable to use and is ideal: it saves water and reduces weight at height by filling the trays in various layers. The trays enable you to garden without having to bend down.
The wooden house, whose qualities have been detailed above, meets the standard of passive houses with almost zero heating needs. However, for simplicity and as a precaution, the aim being to consolidate power sources, an electric booster heater is planned. This uses very little energy (longwave infrared radiant heated mirrors). We can feed an electrical installation (batteries, inverter) from different sources of production: photovoltaic panels, a small wind generator, and a small generator for bad weather days.