posted on Mar, 7 2013 @ 07:23 AM
reply to post by Kituwa
I'm talking solar power only for the well, not for the house....yet.
Right now, if I lose power, the rest is pretty much liveable (though it would suck for all the food in the fridges), but can't be without water.
I will be getting a hand pump I can bolt on to the well top, in a real emergency, but with horse troughs to fill, 4 toilets, and 5 1/2 acres to cover,
hauling buckets gets really old.
So, I'd rather put (just the pump) to solar power, and have no more worries about it. (we're constantly having small critters mess with lines or the
transformer, and we have a small power outage about once a month). The power company is quick to fix it, within a few hours, but during a storm
(hurricane season), we could be out for much longer, then have no water (save for my reserve barrels, which while adequate, have the same bucket
Going solar for the whole house is an eventual dream, but that is some serious money, and will have to be done slowly over time. We have ample sun and
roof space for the panels, but the tech is also constantly improving and the prices do drop slightly, so in the pipeline, but not as immediate of a
We can't go with the 12V DC "only during sunshine" option as we work during daylight hours in the city, so we'd be using water during darkness