Monday, December 19, 2016

Off grid discussion

This post will fit into my  off-the-grid series of posts.  It will be classified under the general subcategory, or subseries.  It can read end to end by following the links, or the entire series can be accessed through the table of contents post.

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It seems that I have succeeded in getting my water usage way down.   I haven't audited it yet, but it could be something like five gallons per day.  Less than a gallon for washing dishes.  Not counting black water because I will use an incinerating toilet out there.

Distilling water is being practiced now.  Dishwashing techniques and filtering techniques are also being practiced.  These haven't been perfected yet, but I am hopeful.

The cold weather is giving me an idea of what it takes in terms of energy for heating.  The summer months were helpful in that regard as well.  I'm getting a lot of good practice in these techniques.  However, it is still going to be quite a challenge to get energy usage down to where I'd like.  Last night was cold, for example, and I used way too much energy.

In terms of building, I'd like to use the RV as is.  To keep it secure, I will need a way to install it permanently on site.  This will require a plan, and the plan needs to kept simple.  I like the RV because it has everything already.  Just have to get it there and get it installed.  Plus a septic system, in which I think a small holding tank would be ideal if I could get it approved.

Progress is slow, unfortunately.

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