By working as a group, we also save money on services. We have a shared laundry and shared gardening equipment and we run our own internal LAN for the internet. As a result, Unit 9’s monthly charge for electricity, water and internet combined is only $125.
Another advantage of living at Earthsong is the shared community facilities. While Unit 9 is small by modern standards, you will have a large commonhouse available to you. Capable of holding up to 100 people, it can be used for events such as birthday parties, meetings, even weddings.
The commonhouse is the hub of the community and twice a week we gather for a meal together. We cook for each other, with each team taking one turn a month to cook for around 50 people. If that sounds daunting at first, you can start by paying $10 a meal and eat without having to join a team.
The commonhouse also has a guest room, yoga room, office and a small meeting room. Nearby is the workshop, which is well equipped with woodworking equipment. All residents can use the workshop, once they have had safety training.