For Bretch, the self-sustaining lifestyle is about being financially secure and keeping his costs down.
"My biggest expense from my Social Security check will be my DirecTV," Bretch said.
Photos: Industrial Country Market
Houstonian Dan Bretch has created a completely self-sustaining facility called the Industrial Country Market a little over an hour outside of Houston. The 6,000-square-feet store, a home and art store all run on solar power and use a combination of well and rain water.