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Posted by me on August 16, 2007, 5:55 pm
 


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

Posted by me on August 14, 2007, 7:55 pm
 


hot

John.... do you feel that your cabin is built
efficiently?  Insulation, design, orientation?

Posted by Neon John on August 15, 2007, 12:25 am
 On Tue, 14 Aug 2007 14:55:08 -0500, me@privacy.net wrote:


very hot

I know that it's built efficiently using old fashioned techniques.  It's not one
of
those radical designs with R-500 insulation and all that stuff.  I don't need
that
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
cooking
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
drop for
just in case a fire might originate in my electrical system.  The pump doesn't
run
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
nearly
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
great
extent when on generator power so I have sized the generator accordingly.  If I
want
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
battery
charger so if I need to charge the UPS batteries but nothing else then I fire
off the
little 1KW generator that I also have.  It's much more fuel-efficient than
running
the big generator at low load.

John
--
John De Armond
See my website for my current email address
http://www.neon-john.com
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.


Posted by Trygve Lillefosse on August 15, 2007, 4:35 pm
 
turn

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 !!!
Trygve Lillefosse
AKA - Malawi, The Fisher King

Posted by me on August 15, 2007, 6:43 pm
 

that rocks!!

hope it works out for you!

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