Living Off The Grid
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  Off The Grid. There are many reasons for wishing to live off the grid. Cost is one of them.

One of the most expensive items we usually pay the power company for is heating and cooling. Did you know that itís possible to both heat and cool your beautiful home passively without living in Arizona? The Passive Annual Heat Storage, PAHS, method has proven its ability to do that, all over the Earth, starting in cold Montana.

The trick is to first of all, recognize that the temperature 20 feet into the earth is constant, but itís only 55į in a few places. In the Yukon, there is permafrost, 1500 feet into the earth! In Arizona, itís 71į Why?

It takes about 6 months for heat to move 20 feet, (7 meters) from the surface into the soil in most places. Then it comes back out because the Earth is on the other side of its orbit. Half the year it moves in, and the other half it moves out. Eventually it will make its way deeper, but we donít need to go there.

The net result is that its temperature is nothing more than an average through the whole year. Whatever the Average Annual Air Temperature is at the nearest conductive surface, thatís what the deep earth temperature will be.

As you can see from the results in the Yukon, the interior of the Earth has very little effect on those temperatures near the surface.

Therefore, If you isolate a body of earth with insulation, and build an earth shelter in it, the home becomes the nearest conductive surface, and mostly in one year, but theoretically in 3 years, the earth will climatize to the indoor temperature. Since we tend to adjust that for our comfort, the earth around the home will assume a comfortable temperature.

The first example of that was the Geodome in Missoula, Montana, USA. It was built in 1980 and now, all by itself, off the grid, it maintains 74į F. (23.333į C.). Itís always comfortable. Itís always nice, and it doesnít cost a dime to keep it that way.

What about electricity?

You could go to bed at a decent hour.

But most folks donít.

All day long the south-facing windows bathe the interior with refreshing sunlight. But because it requires an accumulation of energy to raise the temperature, it doesnít get hot, the heat is whisked away, into the earth, automatically by natural heat flow.

But there are some things youíd like electricity for, such as cooking your toast, and running your TV. There are several ways to do that. Some of these are listed on this website. One advantage is that without heating or air conditioning, you donít need as much electricity. And even the simple methods can work very well.

There, youíre off the grid.

But is that always a good idea?

What would you say, if you had power leftover, and could sell that to the local utility? Did you know that there is a 1978 federal law that says they have to buy it? (With certain limitations.) And since most building sites are bathed in sunlight, wind, and other energy, why not collect it, and get paid for living there? Itís possible.

Both inside and outside, of your self-sufficient home are excellent places to grow your own food, even from your ceiling. And fresh water can be distilled at room temperature from saltwater, or from your sewage.

To my knowledge, it hasnít been done yet, but I do explain how to inexpensively build your own floating island. In theory, you can make PAHS work there, but itís probably easier to use solar, wind, or waves. Then you donít even have to buy land.

Or you can ďterraformĒ your own oasis in the desert.

See, thereís lots to learn.

Read my whole website, and see what you discover.

    Thanks for your interest.

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