Friday, July 20, 2012

another piece of the Puzzle

Our Circulating Pump showed up on my doorstep today. Now I realize most people wouldnt start jumping up and down over a circulator pump ( especially a girl) , but its kind of a big deal, its another piece of the Off The Grid Puzzle.
Over the past 3 years we have only really talked of our plans to remove ourselves from the power grid, only in the past year have we really taken that step to "make it official". For most, the dream of Going off the grid is just that,, A Dream... I mean, unless you plan on living in a tent, pooping in a bucket, getting all your water from the creek, and cooking over a campfire ( and all of those are great lifestyle choices, just not the way we want to do it.) you are GOING TO spend some money. You can spend up to 30-50K on a solar array just to live a "normal" lifestyle.. who has that kinda cash?? certainly not us.

We are poor,,lol.. I laugh, but I give you truth. We live paycheck to paycheck. we are frugal , we work hard, but we are poor. So we are attempting ( and will succeed!!) to do this the cheapest way possible. When all is said and done we hope to only spend around 6,000.00. although I have a feeling it will end up being more,, because well, thats just how it always works when you are pricing something ;)

In march of 2012 we purchased the controller and inverter for our solar array,, 2 fairly expensive *Pieces of the Puzzle*** next will be a generator, then panels, then batteries..all expensive too,,lol

Now I am sure you are just reading along, patiently, and thinking, ok ok.... so what is the circulator pump for???!! This will be hooked up to our woodcookstove, will continously circulate the water as it gets hot to ensure that that we dont have an exposion of hot water/steam, there are other parts that go into the equation too ( Im sure my husband would correct me on this, but hey Im giving ya a basic idea, he is the brains behind all of this).. what I am trying to say is, as of this Fall , all of the hot water in our home will no longer be heated by our hot water heater, but will be heated by our wood cookstove.. pretty cool huh?? Now do you see why I am sooo excited!
another piece of the puzzle...completed. :) Now get chopping Robb, fall is almost here ;)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Party In the Garden

Life has Been ( as always) busy busy here at the Cool Homestead. Keeping up on all the garden space has been a challenge, and since there isn't too much time for relaxing during these months. We do what any homesteader would do, Take the party to the Garden! ;) We are busy harvesting, preserving, pulling Honey, attending our local Farmers Market, and Having a Blast in the process.