A few miscellaneous items.
A few weeks ago I built this rain catching and redistribution system to make use of an otherwise wasted resource. I managed to install a nice drip system on it and after the last couple of weeks I can gladly report that it works well. And all in, it has cost me about $30 (not including the drip lines).
To my surprise, I saw that Home Depot also offers a rain barrel (even though they are technically illegal) with 57 gallon capacity, but a slightly more asthetic appearance.... for $98! 1/3 the capacity, 5 times the price! (I'm definitely sticking it to the man!)
Seeds are sprouting
The seeds are definitely starting to pop up! Underneath the greenhouses at least. If you haven't started already, it's time to get the garden into shape!
The cost of going solar
I've been working on helping my cousin get a Mission Center off the grid in Costa Rica where Electricity can be very expensive (more than 2 times as expensive at the top tier).
In our research I found a formula for determing the cost of PV solar panels to take your home off grid (in Colorado).
Cost of PV solar panels = Avg. Monthly Electric Bill *10,000 (watts-per-$) / 30 (days-per-month) /5.5 (sun-hours-per-day)*3 ($-per-watt)
For my little house here in the Boulder area I would need a 4.3 kW system... costing about $12k (for the panels) + other needed accessories. And I'd still have to purchase a large battery bank to make up for cloudy days.
Hmm... where am I going to get that kind of dough?
- A cynical business plan and vision for the future
- The Mathematics of Free Energy
- Building solar projects on the cheap