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Archive for December, 2010

No straw bale building this year

I tried, I really tried, but wasn”t able to finish my straw bale building. To be more specific, I even wasn’t able to really start the building process.

I might say that it’s not my fault, as the people who promised to help me couldn’t find the time when I needed them the most. But since I wanted to have it built, I should make sure that everything (and everyone) is in the right place.

The straw bales are now getting more and more wet on the ground, though I covered them with large polypropylene tarpaulin. Since we had first snow this winter three weeks ago and two short periods of above-freezing temperatures, the tarp is surely not enough to protect the straw from moisture.

So I suppose I will have to buy more straw the following year and use this straw for mulching. 🙂

Self-sufficient life on a boat? Not possible!

Last week I explained why I believe that using propane will not make you off-grid and self-sufficient. Today I will show you something similar.

Many people think they can live off-grid and be self-sufficient on a boat. To some extent it’s true, but is very much dependent on where this houseboat is to be located.

In european climate, where you need a lot of energy to heat your house in winter, it’s not possible to keep your houseboat warm without using some external heat source, like electric heater, heat pump or gas furnace. Even if the boat is built to fulfill all the passive-house standard’s requirements. (more…)

Using propane is not off-grid!

Couple of days ago I heard that many people who want to live off-grid simply move away from the gas supply network and get their gas from another source. They substitute their natural gas (used in furnaces, hot water heaters and kitchen stoves) with propane or buthane (or LPG). That’s weird, ’cause if you use propane, you shouldn’t consider yourself as someone who lives off-grid.

Of course, you’re off the natural gas supply network. But you still get the most of the energy you use in your home (in the form of heat) from a supply network. You don’t get compressed natural gas from the pipeline, but you get compressed propane from a tank that’s shipped to you by a truck.

What’s the difference? (more…)

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