inverters for sale It's almost always greener living off the energy grid
Fritz and Solon battert, who live in the Mill Valley, have been on vacation in Hawaii for about 10 years, when they thought it might be a good place to build a second home.In 1987, they bought a land on Maui that looked ideal.Embrace the 10 acres of lush vegetation of the sea.There is only one problem: remote and untapped properties "have no water, no electricity, no sewers, no roads," Bathelt said.So the former industrial engineer, baterte, re-modeled the house and then rented it out, decided to build a house with his wife that was self-sufficient for energy needs, or "out of the grid ", because the process is well known.This means "no line in and out": no electricity, water, sewer or gas.The part of his reasoning is practical.It will be difficult to install the wires, and then the cost of electricity in Maui will be very expensive, but environmental problems are also a factor."When I saw the land, it was so beautiful and I got goose bumps," Bathelt said recently ."."I know to turn it off --Grid is a beautiful and right thing for us."The person who takes a bath is not alone.The off-the-In recent years, the grid movement has been left-Wing Green, right-Architects of the new era and futurists of all kinds of energy.There are many websites dedicated to this topic, the most famous of which is www.offgrid.cjb.net.At www.realgoods.Com is a retail site selling eco-friendly products and a very popular reader's Forumthe-grid living.(In the most recent 66 posts, there was one from someone who was confused about the power rating of the windmill, and the other was asking how to find a closed onethe-Grid home for sale."There is no clue about traditional Realtors," the writer complained .".) For Bathelt, two weeks of vacation in the offseason areathe-The grid house on Maui has convinced him that he and his wife can live in such a place on their own.But the process of building their own retreat is not always smooth.Few solar energyAt that time, it was difficult to get information about the power house.There is no website and there are very few books on this topic."In order to find the right equipment, I went to interview different vendors and taught myself which components to buy," Bathelt said ."."I have a lot to learn.Bathurst and his wife todayGrid house on their property.One is 3,000-square-There are three bedrooms, a library and three bathrooms (one on the outside) foot Ocean houses that take up about six months a year.The 2,500-square-foot, three-The main bedroom of Skyhouse is the rental property.Bathelt installed 36 photovoltaic panels to power each house, 8 photovoltaic panels per pool, and 8 photovoltaic panels to pump water from his well, of whichThe solar system costs about $30,000.At the same time, the power is stored in the battery at 24 v dc and then passed through the home inverter at 120 v ac, which is the standard of the American family."Once they are fully charged, each group of eight batteries can provide 850 amps at a voltage of 42 volts," Bathelt said ."."It means that even if we have five cloudy days, I can still manage the house without any problems."Both houses are east, capturing the warm early sun, and the afternoon winds cool down later in the day.Plus heavy shaking and plenty of airy roof, air-Unnecessary adjustment and heating.Bathurst has made two concessions to external energy.Bathelt said propane was transported in by truck to power the stove in the main building "in the name of gourmet cooking ".There is also a can of diesel to power the backup generator used during long cloudy periods, which rarely happens.The experience of life --Bathelt says the grid is running very smoothly, but there are occasional logistical problems."With no exception, everything has to be shipped in," he said ."."Even today, if you look at Maui yellow pages under" wood ", you will get the" 800 "number somewhere in Seattle."For Keith and Donner Taylor at Monte Eureka.Part of the reason they keep 800square-The walking Lodge on the outskirts of koootenai National Forest is designed to protect its heritage.The previous owner was a member of a fairly large Amish community that immigrated to Montana."There is no electricity," Taylor said .""He cooks with oil lamps and firewood stoves, there is no indoor pipe, there is only one Outer House."Installing solar panels along line 49 is a challenge.Taylor uses special equipment to rotate the panel to follow the angle of the sun, producing efficient energy returns from dawn to dusk.Total cost: about $10,000.Because the cottage was built on the ridge and there was a breeze at night, the Taylor couple also installed a wind generator for 12-volt batteries.Although there is a backup generator, it has never been needed.Propane powers the stove, oven, dryer and refrigerator, but 500-The gallon tank only needs to be refilled once a year (the cabin is closed in winter ).The log in the cabin is used as a hot and cold insulator, and the lighting equipment is fluorescent. other electrical appliances are very energy-efficient.The Taylor couple rent the cottage to vacationers every summer, and part of their satisfaction is due to introducing new arrivals to foreign touriststhe-grid life."We want to show how easy and unhampered it can be to use solar and wind," Taylor said .".When Polly plington, 53, decided on 3-The island of Acre off the coast of Maine has no choice but to live on the grid.There is no electricity on the island and Plimpton wants to keep it in its original state as much as possible."I'm in my 50 s and grew up in an environmental era," she said ."."After graduating from college, I lived in the countryside and made maple syrup, so in my mind --Setting off the grid is a positive value."But that doesn't mean that Plimpton, a lawyer in Boston, doesn't have a comfortable life."After a six-"It takes an hour to drive there and you really need to get a good night's sleep," she said.So I bought an indoor toilet.-with low-Better than the compost effect at home, the Flushing compost--Because I don't need to go back to bed with wet feet and four other mosquitoes.