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posted on Sep, 13 2012 @ 06:17 PM
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Hi D-A!!
The cabin we have is fairly small, 800 square ft. So at first all we needed was lights, music, movies and computer. We also charged the battery operated tools.

I started with two medium grade panels that I bought used, $200 for the first $150 for the second. This was a great deal for what I got. I was in the right place at the right time and met some people that needed the money more than the panels.

Then I bought two car batteries. $70 each.

Then $90 for a nice new charge control module. You have to have this or your batteries will over charge.

Then I bought a cheap power inverter to convert the batteries to AC current. About $35 from Lowe's.

So that's around $600

As time went by I added two batteries. This basically doubled my "amp time'. In other words, with two batteries I could run lights, music etc. for about 8 hours. with 4 batteries now I'm up to 16 hours with the same load.

I also bought two more power inverters and had them supplying juice to three different zones in my house.
One for the bathroom, one for the kitchen area, one for the living/sleeping area.

This is not enough juice to run washing machines and things like that but it's better than reading by candle light. The next upgrade would be a high output inverter for appliances and 4 more batteries. For some reason you have to have 2,4,8,16,32,or 64 batteries, I had it explained once but it's over my head. Most modern houses would want 32 batteries at least. but we were roughing it.

We have a generator to crank up if we needed real juice like for my power tools.
It was really easy and I'm no genius I assure you.

The hot water was just a matter of running the water through black pipes on my roof, you'd be surprised how hot it got even in the winter.
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posted on Sep, 13 2012 @ 06:30 PM
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Originally posted by BASSPLYR
Tanda7,

You seem like a perfect addition to the ATS family. Lived off the grid, experienced half the stuff we're talking about. I see you going far here.

I look forward to seeing your posts in the threads!


Wow, one response from jplaysguitar and one from BASSPLYR, have you guys met? you should.


Thank you BASSPLYR,
(my uncle plays a vintage Rickenbacker)



posted on Sep, 13 2012 @ 06:33 PM
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Originally posted by tanda7
reply to post by DaphneApollo
 

Hi D-A!!
The cabin we have is fairly small, 800 square ft. So at first all we needed was lights, music, movies and computer. We also charged the battery operated tools.

I started with two medium grade panels that I bought used, $200 for the first $150 for the second. This was a great deal for what I got. I was in the right place at the right time and met some people that needed the money more than the panels.

Then I bought two car batteries. $70 each.

Then $90 for a nice new charge control module. You have to have this or your batteries will over charge.

Then I bought a cheap power inverter to convert the batteries to AC current. About $35 from Lowe's.

So that's around $600

As time went by I added two batteries. This basically doubled my "amp time'. In other words, with two batteries I could run lights, music etc. for about 8 hours. with 4 batteries now I'm up to 16 hours with the same load.

I also bought two more power inverters and had them supplying juice to three different zones in my house.
One for the bathroom, one for the kitchen area, one for the living/sleeping area.

This is not enough juice to run washing machines and things like that but it's better than reading by candle light. The next upgrade would be a high output inverter for appliances and 4 more batteries. For some reason you have to have 2,4,8,16,32,or 64 batteries, I had it explained once but it's over my head. Most modern houses would want 32 batteries at least. but we were roughing it.

We had a generator to crank up if we needed real juice like for my power tools.
It was really easy and I'm no genius I assure you.

The hot water was just a matter of running the water through black pipes on my roof, you'd be surprised how hot it got even in the winter.
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This seems very easy. Who knew, thanks for explaining it to me... I have a 2,000 sq. ft. house. It will need alot of panels wind power and solar panels and I've also been thinking of drilling a water well. Water and Electricity have gotten far too sassy with their fees lately. But, this information sounds pretty simple and inexpensive to start off.

For the future of my kiddo and he will inherit the property, it's a great investment to improve things as well as solar hot water heaters. I've been thinking on these things a while, but......money, time, etc. It has to happen in the future though. Get off the grid and keep our hard earned money out of their pockets. I've seen vids about water heated on the roof through pipes. I'll have to do that too, soon. Thanks tan. love the info.

I wished my house was 800sq.ft. alot less expense.

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posted on Sep, 13 2012 @ 06:42 PM
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You know it's really easy to just supplement your grid. Use a low level system at first for lights and maybe one or two outlets, you'd be amazed how much you save.

Thanks for your great music threads



posted on Sep, 13 2012 @ 07:15 PM
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Cool! Welcome to ATS. You'll fit right in.



posted on Feb, 20 2013 @ 09:34 PM
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Warm Welcome to the ATS Family....Here's your Welcome Treats....sorry I m a little late. Hope it didn't give you a complex....



I'll see you around the forums...I'm sure...


Des



posted on Feb, 20 2013 @ 09:44 PM
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YUMM!!!
(all better now, thank you)

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posted on Feb, 20 2013 @ 09:45 PM
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Welcome to a whole new whacky ass world and here's a memo.



And welcome to ATS



posted on Feb, 20 2013 @ 09:57 PM
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"Speak the truth or make your peace some other way"

Sound wisdom for sure, thank you.



posted on Feb, 20 2013 @ 11:52 PM
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Welcome to the show. This is the finest gift I can give you.



posted on Feb, 21 2013 @ 12:27 AM
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I find that this song gets my brain moving nicely.



posted on Feb, 21 2013 @ 12:39 AM
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One more for inspiration.



posted on Feb, 21 2013 @ 01:57 AM
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I hope you enjoy this.



posted on Feb, 22 2013 @ 02:34 PM
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Same here except i had to kill some men in black yesterday.

Im here to join the rebellion






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