Category Archives: Solar

Refrigerator Died/Kitchen Change

My old trailerstead has an ancient avocado green refrigerator that has now quit working. It has the freezer door inside and ices up all the time. For three years I have expected it to die any minute. It did good. … Continue reading

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House Plan Baby Steps

Now that I have finalized my small house plan on graph paper, I need to get it drawn for the county permits and for the builder.  I wish I could build it myself and admire people who can.  I have … Continue reading

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Sustainability in the Mountains

It is still snowing today.  Perfect for winter dreaming and cozy cups of tea in front of my electric fireplace. After three years living on my five acres in the mountains, I keep moving forward with my Food Forest. Most … Continue reading

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Cost Basis Gardening

Where do your food dollars go? I am a cost basis gardener.  Since I work and am used to limited gardening time and space, I identify my favorite and most expensive food items, then grow my own.  Growing your most … Continue reading

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East Solar Heater Improved Comfort

I went outside to move blocks (58 and counting) this morning just as the sun hit my east window solar heater. I was out 30 minutes and came in to a five degree increase. Yay! I love the power of … Continue reading

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Reinstalled Passive Solar Heater

Today I put my passive solar heater back into the window. At the basic level it is a 24″ piece of foil bubble wrap folded into a U shape and thumb tacked into the bottom of my window. It is … Continue reading

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Off the Grid or Independence?

I lived off the grid for nearly a year in Texas. I highly recommend it. It gives you a quick lesson in how dependent we are on thousands of people and technology to provide for our basic needs, on the … Continue reading

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