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How many photovoltaic modules can you fit on the roof of a recreational vehicle Well, this one holds fifteen panels. The system's owner, Brint Gilbert, is using this RV to find his country home. And when Brint eventually finds his homestead, he will know where his power will come from. Finding a suitable place for a homestead is not easy. In early 1970, we put 14,000 miles on a truck looking for our homestead. We drove from California to Maine and back again. We traveled the back roads crossing the largest blank spaces we could find on maps. After six months of ceaseless travel, we got lost and found our homestead on Agate Flat, Oregon. This is Brint's mission. The RV carries Brint and his mother in solar-powered style as they search for their country home. When they find their home, then the PVs and system components come off the RV to be installed in their new homestead. Meanwhile, when Brint is at his present home in Mesa, Arizona, he plugs into the RV and uses its solar power to...
I had a great childhood in a large family in the Napa Valley of California. Checkered past Psychiatric Technician, EMT, Owner Rider of a BMW R90 6, Restauranteur, and On-Grid Consumer. Now Mail-order Bride, Homesteader, Bee Wrangler, Organic Gardener, Vermi-Composter, Rose Rustler, Garlic Grower, Haus Frau, Cookbook Collector, Solar Cook, Basket Weaver, Self-Proclaimed Vidiot, Raconteur, Avid Reader, International Author, Workshop Presenter, RE Appliance Queen, Tai Chi Student, Trekker, Devoted Dog Mom, Tarot Reader, Fairy Sister Energy Park Electric Co. at OCF, Ham KB6MPI, Sainted Wife of Bob-O, Home Power's First Hired & Retired, Renaissance Woman, Optimist, Survivor.
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Powersheds are a common outbuilding on the remote homestead. They often serve multiple functions of housing the generator, batteries and power conditioning equipment required with your PV system. Beyond this, they can also house tools and equipment as well as support the solar array if oiaced in a sunny, non-shaded area. It is a good idea to keep flammable fueis and gasses in a separate building rather than the building in which one sleeps.
Pond Aeration is a technology used by ranchers, recreationalists, scientists, and entrepenuers for improving water quality and fisheries management. The basic principle involves the pumping of air into the water column to increase the supply of oxygen. We would like to share with you our collective efforts and experiences with PV powered pond aeration systems. Pond aeration allows ranchers the opportunity to keep ponds free from aquatic vegetation which can clog watering and irrigation equipment. Recreationalists can better enjoy their fishing experience in a healthy pond or lake environment. Water treatment facilities utilize pond aeration in waste water lagoons to achieve water quality. Another common application for aeration is the business of aquaculture where aquatic life is cultivated for sale. Although the process has been used for many years, only
Colin and Christine live in the mountains outside of Jacksonville, in southwestern Oregon. At their elevation of 3,000 feet, there is abundant sunshine above the fog that often blankets the nearby lower valleys. Their homestead is located about one mile from the nearest hard surfaced road or commercial electrical hookup. Colin & Christine's Homestead Colin and Christine are serious about construction. Colin realized that heavy equipment was the best way to move all the dirt and rock necessary to make his homestead. Colin bought a used small bulldozer and used it to construct the earth berm for the house , to rough out the garden, and to dig two ponds.
People have buili homes using straw, grass, or reed throughout history. These materials were used because they were reliable and easy to obtain. European houses built of straw or reed are now over two hundred years old. In the United States, too, people turned to straw houses, particularly after the hay straw baler entered common usage in the 1890s. Homesteaders in the northwestern Nebraska Sandhills area, for example, turned to baled-hay construction, in response to a shortage of trees for lumber. Bale construction was used for homes, farm buildings, churches, schools, offices, and grocery stores. Matts Myhrman and Judy Knox, straw-bale construction consultants, have visited many of these Nebraska-type bale structures, built between 1900 and 1940. Myhrman rediscovered the area's oldest existing bale building, the Burke homestead, constructed in 1903 outside Alliance, Nebraska. Although abandoned in 1956, the Burke homestead continues to successfully withstand Nebraska's wide...
For the serious homeowner with needs for a healthy amount of household power. This homestead system incorporates a good sized array with sinewave power conditioning and heavy duty long-Jived two volt batteries. The back up generator allows for annual low sun periods and or the flexibility of additional power when needed.
Homesteading Colin and Christine have worked out a division of labor used by many homesteading families. One partner works out and the other works in. Christine works out in her professional capacity of school administrator. Colin remains home to do the full-time job of homesteading. By adopting this division of labor they have the dual advantages of some cash income from one partner and many hours of homesteading labor from the other. Homesteaders Colin McCoy and Christine Reising, C O Home Power, POB 130 Hornbrook, CA 96044.
Sky View Farm, a solar and wind powered homestead, is offering six half-day workshops this summer (June 15 & 29, July 13 & 27, August 10 & 24). Each workshop will include an introduction to passive solar housing, solar and wind energy systems, domestic water heating and pumping, Permaculture, and rain water catchment. Participants will receive take home literature and sample system schematics. For more information contact David VanDyke, 314 West Valley Road, Maple City, MI 49664. Phone (616) 228-6433.
Beginning June 5, Mohave Community College, Colorado City, will offer an 8-week course on solar energy and its uses taught by Charlie Collins of the Do It Homestead. Common sense classroom study will be paired with field trips to working water pumping, hydro, sun and wind power systems. For further info and registration contact Don Timpson, Director, Mohave Community College, 602-875-2799 or Charlie Collins, 801-877-1061.
My husband Bob-O and I have been slowly repairing, rebuilding, and changing a few things on our off-grid homestead with an eye to our retirement. Having paid off our mortgage a decade ago, we wanted to tackle some high-dollar projects that needed to be addressed before we are on a fixed retirement income. It is empowering to work on our own home. We know we are investing in our homestead's future, whether we are here or not. And if it doesn't look professionally done, that is part of the charm. After all, if it was perfect, it wouldn't be our home. Kathleen Jarschke-Schultze is casting a critical eye at her home office on her northernmost California homestead. c o Home Power magazine, PO Box 520, Ashland, OR 97520 800-707-6585
A home business is an ideal way of keeping beans on your remote homestead table. However, a home business is more of a lifestyle choice than a meal ticket. It means being able to spend more time in your beautiful home, with your family. It allows you to use less resources and live a lower impact life. A home business eliminates the daily commute. In some some places, such as here at Agate Flat, a commute is not even a consideration. Not only is it long and tedious, but in the winter and spring it is near impossible. Commuting is also a dangerous place for you and your family to spend a lot of time. And who hasn't wanted to be their own boss. A home business will do these things. For those who want a self-sufficient lifestyle, a home business provides a solid economic base.
I sized the shunt load a little low to prevent unnecessary cycling and provide a little equalizing on each cycle. For output resistors to adjust the load, Nichrome coil elements from stoves, hot plates, etc., cut to length are cheap and easy some come with their own stand-off ceramic insulators which a dedicated homesteader can re-use.
We moved to the Oregon outback in 1970 and immediately went into economic catharsis. All our skills were city skills. Karen took odd jobs punching cows for the neighboring ranchers (she loves horses) and worked short order cookin' at the local bistro. I made sold fancy knives, pimped electrons for the neighborhood CBS network television station, and planted trees. We grew a garden and got by as best we could. Over the years, we learned to adapt our skills and were able to survive without leaving our beloved mountains. Our neighbors saw what we were doing for electricity, and before we knew it, we were in business providing power systems for others. Our turnkey renewable energy business, Electron Connection, and Home Power Magazine now keep us in grits. We don't have to leave the mountains to join in the feeding frenzy of corporate weaseldom.
Electricity consumption had also increased over the small demand of the 1930s. There was a need for larger wind turbines, as 5 m diameter rotors could not meet the demands of farmers and ranchers. In addition, there were many more uses for electricity, which would require larger-size wind turbines.
The farm windmill proves that wind energy is a valuable commodity, even though the size is small. For example, there are an estimated 30,000 operating farm windmills in the Southern High Plains of the United States. Even though the power output is low, 0.2-0.5 kilowatts (kW), they collectively provide an estimated output of 6 megawatts (MW). If these windmills for pumping water were converted to electricity from the electric grid, it would require around 15 MW of thermal power at the generating station and over 1,000 million for the transmission lines, electric pumps, etc. This does not count the dollars saved in fossil fuel with an energy equivalent of 130 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year (equivalent to 80,000 barrels of oil per year). Because many of these windmills are 30 years old or older and maintenance costs are 250-400 per year, farmers and ranchers are looking at alternatives such as solar water pumping rather than purchasing new farm windmills.
It will only contain so much electrical energy, just as the bucket will only contain so much water. The amount of capacity a battery has is roughly determined by its size and weight, just as a bucket's capacity is determined by its size. It is difficult to water a very large garden with one small bucket, it is also difficult to run a homestead on an undersized battery. If a battery based renewable energy system is to really work, it is essential that the battery have enough capacity to do the job. Undersized batteries are one of the major reasons that some folks are not happy with their renewable energy systems. The more we understood our batteries, the better use we made of them. This information applies to high antimony, lead-acid deep cycle batteries used in homestead renewable energy service. In order to relate to your system you will need a voltmeter. An accurate voltmeter is the best source of information about our battery's performance. It is...
Looking at the 8-kilowatt system now in place at Derik Veenhuis and Dorly Muller's off-grid homestead, it's hard to imagine the 32-watt PV module that started their RE journey a quarter of a century ago. Today, their ever-evolving installation serves as a march through history from Derik's initial tinkering to his present-day business designing microhydro turbines.
We were a long way out in the Alaskan bush, over 100 miles from the nearest power grid, and spending more & more time in a two-room log cabin while planning our bigger homestead. The little cabin worked on dry cell batteries for a radio, and kerosene lamps. The latter were a fire hazard and would never do on a larger scale. Photovoltaics were the obvious way to go, but we had to start from scratch on the design. In the meantime we acquired and remodeled a much larger log cabin nearby. This was going to be our solar-powered homestead. By this time, we had accumulated enough of that hard earned experience to start projecting our power needs and figuring out what would be required to meet them. We took to heart a guiding principle of home power and started first on power conservation and load management. Conservation
25 of Grandpas Top Tips
Everything from making a Camp Stove that you can Carry in Your Pocket and a Magical Fish Bait Formula to Get the Big Ones! through to How to Make an Emergency Clothes Brush.