Sustainability through solar power.
One of the most important decisions we made early in the planning of Montana SkyLodge was to construct a sustainable building that would allow us to offer an “off the grid’ experience to our guests. This is an opportunity to experience first hand, a lifestyle that minimizes our carbon foot print and honors the sustainable of our planet. Today we are totally solar powered. Yes, Montana SkyLodge is on the mountain ‘beyond the power lines’ . We do not take for granted the power of the sun and the use of electricity, as I sit here and type out this message on an energy “eater”, my computer. One of the major issues with carbon emissions is educating all of us on how much electricity we consume. We don’t think about a little light that’s left on and how much energy it’s drawing down our natural resources. It is definitely a new way of thinking and living. Montana SkyLodge has a state of the art kitchen, with all the comforts of home including a stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, and plenty of lights. But we are conscious of our energy consumption at every corner. We only use CFL’s, incandescent light bulbs. In fact do you know the difference? While using 10 incandescent bulbs, you use 600 Watts of energy. With CFL’s it lowers the consumption to 100 watts of energy! We monitor our intake of natural sun light everyday, which is our source of energy. I am always checking the monitor to make sure I have lots of energy stored before I run the dishwasher, or the vacuum. We switch off certain electrical panels when not in use, these switches close down a section in the kitchen and are great energy savers. As a kitchen is one of the highest consuming rooms in the Lodge, we have learned to make it a part of life, and focus on smart choices.