Many lessons learned with this one. At least the bed now has worms!
After getting my hands down into the soil of my swales, I’m totally sold as to their effectiveness.
Some have asked how things are going with my fig trees, so here ya go (in four parts):
Diverging from the Going Off-Grid series, I thought an update on what I’ve been doing would be in order. I call it, “Heading back to Eden”.
The costs of off-grid systems have come down over the years. However, solar power is still no small investment. But there are significant savings to be had by reducing our electric energy footprint. So, to put first things first, we’ll take a look at ways we can reduce electricity needs.
In order to build more familiarity with off-grid solar systems, we take a high-level overview of my home solar system.
Much of the Higher Octave audience would consider themselves “self-reliant” or “self-sufficient”, or at least striving to be so. I, too, am in that camp. But a series of recent personal events has caused me to consider a balance to this approach to life.
How do we get our typical household 120 VAC current from a 12-volt battery? Let’s take a look at a simple inverted system which provides that function.
When we rely on solar power for our off-grid system, how can we have power when the sun isn’t shining? Let’s take a look at a very basic system with a battery.
What is the simplest solar system? Let’s take a look at one. Though it will not take our entire house off-grid, we can get our feet wet as we work towards understanding off-grid systems.