I'm good on that here in Missouri
There are lots of places one can buy land and do
anything you WANT with it!!
You want a windmill? Just erect it
John.... do you feel that your cabin is built
efficiently? Insulation, design, orientation?
On Tue, 14 Aug 2007 14:55:08 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I know that it's built efficiently using old fashioned techniques. It's not one
those radical designs with R-500 insulation and all that stuff. I don't need
with the local climate. Orientation doesn't matter, as I'm in a valley and get
direct sun maybe a couple hours a day max.
With the exception of heat (wood), my house is all-electric, mainly because
electricity is the energy source here with the least hassles. I don't like
on an electric stove so I'm going to bite the bullet and put in a propane range.
Otherwise it'll remain all-electric.
Much of the non HVAC demand is represented by my well pump. I installed a much
larger than necessary pump with fire fighting in mind. It has its own power
just in case a fire might originate in my electrical system. The pump doesn't
long at a time but it does require a lot of starting current.
The water heater is 4+ KW when in recovery mode. The stove at full chat draws
5KW. None of these loads operate for long at a time but the generator has to be
large enough to operate them. I'm not willing to modify my lifestyle to any
extent when on generator power so I have sized the generator accordingly. If I
to take a shower and cook during an outage then I do it.
I don't run the generator all the time during an outage. My UPS-backed vital bus
handles lighting and fans. I have installed a wireless remote starter (Bulldog
brand, meant for a car) on the genny so I can crank it at will. I have a 1KW
charger so if I need to charge the UPS batteries but nothing else then I fire
little 1KW generator that I also have. It's much more fuel-efficient than
the big generator at low load.
John De Armond
See my website for my current email address
http://www.johndearmond.com <-- best little blog on the net!
Tellico Plains, Occupied TN
What do you call 10 blondes standing in a row? Pneumatic air line.
Sounds like a nice life.
In about 5 years, I should have enough money to make my own jurney
down a similar path.
SEE YA !!!
AKA - Malawi, The Fisher King
hope it works out for you!