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Forum: Conservation 12-02-10, 05:09 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 269,261
Posted By james
I think you would see some savings by turning it...

I think you would see some savings by turning it down to 55 at night, especially if your home isn't perfectly insulated , and you live in a cold climate.
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 01-21-09, 09:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,741
Posted By james
one super simple mod would be to raise the front...

one super simple mod would be to raise the front of the fridge up a bit, so less air would fall out and the door would seal tightly.
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 01-21-09, 09:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,741
Posted By james
It is simple, all you do is put an external...

It is simple, all you do is put an external thermostat on it with a temp probe that goes into the freezer. Apparently they only run several minutes per hour and are much quieter than a reg. fridge. ...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 01-20-09, 07:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,741
Posted By james
I always thought about doing this. Haven't...

I always thought about doing this. Haven't though because we dont have a fridge.
Thats why chest freezers are so efficient, no air falls out when you open the door. Have you guys seen the kits...
Forum: Conservation 01-19-09, 08:21 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 269,261
Posted By james
We have only wood heat here. In the winter we...

We have only wood heat here. In the winter we close off most of the house and move into the large living room. Our bed is actually in between the living room and the kitchen/dining room so it is...
Forum: Solar Power 01-19-09, 08:04 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 38,639
Posted By james
Yes, people don't really think about how much...

Yes, people don't really think about how much energy is used to move a car down the road. You'd have to be a rich man to do it with solar power. Lights, stereo, and computer use very little by...
Forum: Introductions 01-19-09, 07:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,553
Posted By james
Another lession I learned is that I have to cool...

Another lession I learned is that I have to cool off the root cellar prior to putting the roots in there, or right when I put them in there. After a few weeks of them being in there and it feeling...
Forum: Introductions 01-19-09, 07:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,553
Posted By james
I would like to freeze veggie soups, like tomato...

I would like to freeze veggie soups, like tomato soup for winter. Also greens like kale and spinach, strawberries, blueberries, corn, broccoli, green beans.
Forum: Introductions 01-19-09, 07:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,553
Posted By james
First, heavy duty beams and rafters, and flat...

First, heavy duty beams and rafters, and flat boards above that. There is a thin layer of metal and then a plastic/rubber membrane (heavy duty like a pond membrane). Above the membrane there is 4...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 01-17-09, 09:20 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 130,683
Posted By james
Hmm. A larger motor...I've seen a few trucks...

Hmm. A larger motor...I've seen a few trucks sitting around that may like to be donors for this sort of project. Maybe a chevy truck blower? Or would you recommend a different type of motor...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 01-17-09, 09:17 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 130,683
Posted By james
So how did you wire it? I have heard that any...

So how did you wire it? I have heard that any motor can be a generator, but what keeps the battery from using its juice to spin the motor?
Forum: Introductions 01-17-09, 09:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,553
Posted By james
heres a few, I don't have too many of the inside....

heres a few, I don't have too many of the inside. One thing I didnt mention, it has a sod roof, 18 inches thick, so you walk on the roof to spin the solar panels. Yeah, huge posts and beams. In...
Forum: Introductions 01-17-09, 07:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,553
Posted By james
Yes, when I get the money I will get 4 new L16...

Yes, when I get the money I will get 4 new L16 lead acid batteries, which should reduce our generator run time. Also maybe a couple of new 75 watt panels, and a new super efficient 12 V chest...
Forum: Solar Power 01-17-09, 11:45 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 38,639
Posted By james
Some of the panels I have in my setup are from...

Some of the panels I have in my setup are from the early 80s and they still generate about 90 of their rated output. I have my panels mounted on a pole so I turn them around several times a day to...
Forum: Introductions 01-17-09, 10:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,553
Posted By james
Hi from central NY

Hi
I live near ithaca NY in an off the grid earth bermed house. It is off the grid solar which forces energy efficiency on us. We have about 375 watts of generating capacity (full sun) from our...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 01-17-09, 10:41 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 130,683
Posted By james
Thats awesome that it works. I am going to have...

Thats awesome that it works. I am going to have to do this here. How much trouble is it to take the blower fan out of a metro? My friends have one sitting in the yard, but its 0 degrees outside,...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 01-16-09, 10:53 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 130,683
Posted By james
too bad you are not nearby, I have many...

too bad you are not nearby, I have many semi-operational batteries around here.
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 01-16-09, 10:50 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 130,683
Posted By james
Yeah I couldnt believe how much the light I had...

Yeah I couldnt believe how much the light I had on my bike slowed the bike down. And thats just a flashlight bulb! Really makes you think about how much energy is being used to power the typical...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 01-15-09, 03:32 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 130,683
Posted By james
Great idea, metrompg. We need one of these...

Great idea, metrompg. We need one of these because we are off the grid, and have to use a generator from time to time this time of year. I would love to make one that is belt driven. I had a light...
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