Posted by ronwagn on February 8, 2006, 11:00 pm
Look into a do it yourself geothermal project. Do some web searches.
Basically you keep water underground in tubes and circulate it through
the house. Or cool air from a heat exchanger. If you are in a dry area
evaporative coolers are a good way to go.
Ditto the other suggestions.
All the best,
Posted by Wes Stewart on February 9, 2006, 3:31 pm
Pima County AZ is a dry area. (No rain in 110 days and counting)
Pima County is also considering a ban on evap coolers on new
construction. We have a lot more electricity than we do water.
I have a dual system, evap for when it's cooling season and dry, and a
heat pump for otherwise. I like the constant stream of fresh air with
the evap but honestly, when I trade my heat pump for a newer more
efficient unit, I may retire the evap.
A 1 hp blower motor running 24/7 and constant water consumption are
not necesarily more efficient than a high efficiency A/C.
Posted by Doug Simpson on February 7, 2006, 2:25 am
Try my calculator and see if it gives you useful information.
Posted by Mitchell Dickson on February 7, 2006, 4:21 pm
Be careful here Sam as it is easy to "put off" growing a system and you must
have a burning desire to keep growing that initial system.
A 400 watt peak, 200 watt continuous and one good pannel and a deep cycle 12
volt battery will run a small computer or a small television and a lamp with
a 9 watt florescent bulb. a small charge controller can be had on ebay for
about $5 and the battery and the inverter are available on the net or
Posted by Johnny on February 7, 2006, 4:26 pm
Why dooesn't Home Depot or Lowes, WalMart, etc stock solar panels?
They have solar accent lighting, so there are micropanels there, but where
are the panels themselves for mass distribution?
We won;t be able to go solar enough without the help of the megacorporations
FREE US FROM THE OLD SCHOOL POLLUTION REGIME!
Power to the people, etc.
Tell the gays and abortion activists to shut up and to get with the program
of helping the people of the USA.
I am personally sick of the lackluster progress of our society.