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From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 22nd, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
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I have a stash of yarn - but not 100 pound stash - sheesh.
Now we *do* have a wind generator. Since we installed it in October of '07 it has saved us over $4000 in electricity costs. Mostly because we built a steel building on our property so my dad has a place to live - so now we have two homes using one electric meter.
Looking back - we might have done things differently. Without the electric company the wind generator won't work. That is unless we want to invest a few thousand more dollars into the system for inverter, battery storage, etc. And hire someone to do it...ugh. The only thing we really NEED the electricity for is refridgeration/freezers. Planning how to store cold stuff in the desert is going to be an interesting problem to overcome.
Our other option was a well, but it would have to be over 600 feet deep with no promise of water being found, and if water was found - no promise it would be usuable.
~ali
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From:fiberaddict
Date:January 22nd, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
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Yeah...now, you've had your wind generator long enough that it might be "invisible" - people are so used to seeing it that it fades into the background. Like you said, though..without the electric co, it's kinda worthless. :thinks:

Water....we're in the same boat. IF we hit water, it'd be undrinkable. :sigh:

Cold storage - can you dig a root cellar? It won't be AS cold....but might make decent short-term storage. I'm worried about that as well...haven't hit upon a solution yet, though.
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Date:January 22nd, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)

root celler...

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I thought about a root celler.
But we get flash floods and being born and bred in CA I am not sure how you keep a celler from flooding when the water pours down..build it into a hill? My neighbors (Well a few properties away) have three of those 20' steel storage containers - they put them in a U shape with the bottom of the U facing the road (and the prevailing winds) Thats a lot of storage...and a HUGE three sided shelter...I wonder if they would be mad if I asked what it was for?

~ali
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From:fiberaddict
Date:January 22nd, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)

Re: root celler...

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Depends on how friendly you are with 'em. I have heard of people burying them for root cellars....that might be an idea.
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