Category Archives: Off-grid

Winter Sun

Winter Sun

Our Solar PV is angled to optimise winter sun. It is fascinating to see how it performs, now that our daily cycle of sunlight is so short. Today was a great example. First day of sunlight, after 3 days of murky grey.

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Very Special Deliveries

Very Special Deliveries

 

This week was always going to be tough because we are now on the first floor and need to move the blocks one by one onto the slab and then up onto the first floor. Yesterday we threw Manpower at it – Mike Roberts + 2 of his guys + me and it took us an hour and a half to get two pallets of blocks unloaded onto the first floor.

I had mentioned to the Wrights (who are helping me with the sheep and sheep milking), and this morning: More

Next Generation

Next Generation

We have had generator problems for the last few months. The Hyundai generator died and I lost faith in the brand. Not in the people – Genpower and Just Generators have acted honourably and fairly – but I suspect I will never buy anything with a Chinese motor ever again. So skip forward to the next generation,  our new generator looks very promising. More

Esse Arrives

Esse Arrives

The ever resourceful Ben Bowman of Ben Bowman limited, himself arrived with colleague James to deliver the Esse Plus 1 which will provide heat, hot water and cooking.  All in one very pretty package. Comments on the cabin from James “What an amazing place! Fantastic wood frame” (pointing to the Belfast Truss) to which Ben answered ” I only take you to the best places”. Everyone who sees the Cabin, loves it.

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Why would you want to do that?

When we embarked on this project, to replace a house that is off grid and remain off grid, people close to us said, “Why would you want to do that?”  They’ve been asking whether we will be living in a Victorian past. But we think that living “off grid”, or at least with some system of electricity generation and storage, is the future. More