Tremwel home
Drone aerial view of the Tremwel home (Photo: Courtesy of Douglas Hutchings).

Three years ago, Arkansas resident Terry Tremwel built an ultra-efficient solar-powered home. He was motivated by more than a desire to save on electricity. He was also driven by his Christian faith.

Tremwel: “When we burn fossil fuels, when we abuse nature, when we abuse creation, we’re working against God’s will for the world, which is to have this idyllic garden in which we can commune with God. One tool for restoring that relationship with the ecosystem, with the world, with the cosmos, is to reduce carbon emissions.”

Tremwel’s large home was designed to be as energy-efficient as possible. It’s tightly insulated, and south-facing windows allow winter sun to warm the house. And its electricity comes from solar power.

Tremwel: “The solar panels on the roof on a net-annual basis provide enough energy for not only all of the home’s operations, but the two electric cars that my wife and I have.”

Tremwel says he gives tours and shows off his zero-dollar electricity bills when people visit. Through his example, he hopes to inspire others to protect and restore God’s creation.

Reporting credit: Christina Hoover Moorehead/ChavoBart Digital Media.

Sam Harrington

Samantha Harrington

Samantha Harrington, director of audience experience for Yale Climate Connections, is a journalist and graphic designer with a background in digital media and entrepreneurship. Sam is especially interested...