Fall Home, Garden & Car

GUILDERLAND — Simon and Edna Litten aren’t living off the grid yet, but they’re getting closer.

The couple lives in a house on Main Street in Altamont and had solar panels installed on the south-facing roof of their barn four years ago. According to Mrs. Litten, they expect the system to have paid for itself by 2020.

Robert Motschmann wasn't born a self-sufficient Hilltowner; the Long Island native became one. He uses trees from his 84 acres of woods to heat his home.

Electric cars are clean, quiet, but need to be re-charged every day.

Composting leaves and yard waste at home, or through town services, is a more environmentally friendly way to clear your yard this fall.