Circulating Pumps for the Off Grid Home

March 16, 2013
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Would you do us a huge favor by sharing? It is almost inevitable you will need at least one circulating pump for your off the grid homestead. Whether it is for radiant home heating, keeping fish alive in a aquaponic or aquaculture system or making a home-made air conditioning system, circulating pumps are very important. […]

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How to Choose a Freezer

March 15, 2013
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Would you do us a huge favor by sharing? Adding a freezer to your off the grid home might be too much of a power hog but you might be surprised how efficient today’s freezers are. Selecting an efficient freezer is much like selecting the most efficient refrigerator. There are essentially two types of freezers […]

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How to Choose a Gas Tankless Water Heater

March 13, 2013
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Would you do us a huge favor by sharing? A tankless gas hot water heater might be a good choice for your off the grid home. If you are not familiar with the tankless hot water heater they are a box shaped unit that heats water instantaneously as water passes through it rather than heating […]

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What are Phantom Loads?

March 12, 2013
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If you live off the grid you will need to reduce your power consumption as much as possible. Any unnecessary power consumption is known as a phantom load. Learn about phantom loads here.

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Hot Water Heating Systems

March 11, 2013
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Would you do us a huge favor by sharing? Domestic hot water will account for about 30% of your home’s energy footprint. Only a few decades ago there were very limited options for the off grid home’s water heating system. Back then the only options were a gas hot water heater, some form of wood […]

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Make Your Refrigerator More Efficient

March 8, 2013
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Would you do us a huge favor by sharing? Whether you are in the process of purchasing a new fridge or already have a fridge there are ways to make it more efficient. First you need to figure out which type of refrigerator you have, coil on rear or condenser on bottom. We will add […]

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Ivan Labs El SID DC Circulating Pumps

March 4, 2013
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Would you do us a huge favor by sharing? The Ivan Labs El SID circulating pumps have been the best choice for solar hot water and radiant heat for at least the past few decades. For solar hot water they are used to pump water from the solar collector(s) to the heat exchanger (or storage […]

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Using Your Wood Stove to Heat Water

March 1, 2013
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Would you do us a huge favor by sharing? One of the most overlooked functions of a wood stove is heating water. A few decades ago many wood stoves (especially cook stoves) used what was a called a hot water front (small tank in woodstove) in conjunction with a range boiler (large water tank) beside/behind […]

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Choosing a Pump for Your Aquaponics System

February 5, 2013
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Would you do us a huge favor by sharing? Choosing the correct pump for your aquaponics systems is as important or more important than choosing the right fish, bed material, tank size and grow bed size. Without the right pump your fish will die, your plants will die and your fun will come to an […]

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