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Tip #3 Despite the myopic trend in our Nation right now, Think Long-Term


Thinking long-term is essential when building a one-time power plant that will outlive you and me.

Chances are likely that the next generation will not be that keen on how it all works, nor should they have to (you did all the work so they won't need to). Consider your niece or grand-child coming to your off-grid edifice, would you feel safe having her around your power plant by herself? If not, fix it as if you were dying tomorrow!

Long-term, as in longer than just your existence, ought to be the goal when off-gridding.

The title to this tip wavered between: Thinking in Terms of Longevity and the alternate title: Never Throw Anything Away unless it's truly trash.

Since I generally am cash-poor, larger cables were not feasible. However making the most of what I had ensured a great savings in not needing to purchase more cabling to accomplish the new cabling scheme (in other words, even though I threw away the old cables simply because they had become unusable due to corrosion, the 40' bus, temporary storage site, allowed for their easy retrieval and alteration pro-recycling).

This would be a good time to clarify, my garbage is not like most people's garbage. My garbage does not smell and attracts no living matter.

When seeking to live off-grid, garbage is a problem turned into a solution.

Q: So if I don't have a regular garbage pickup, where's my garbage?

A: Glad you asked. As it turns out, it's easy to make less garbage. Firstly, let's define garbage in an on-grid situation vs garbage in an off-grid application.

In an on-grid situation, your trash is trash that could be recycled, however the difficulty in finding the means to purpose it are limited (especially if you live in the cities or apartments). And furthermore, even if you were able to recycle your trash, it is for another entity that you toil. The term recycle is defined as re-using a commodity or other material for another purpose. Recycle is NOT defined as making some other entity fat with your donation (that will later turn around and raise their prices for their product with no thought to your donations). Typically though, trash in an on-grid situation cannot be separated for recycling, and therefore becomes trash.

However, in an off-grid situation, your trash is a commodity. Recycling is automatic, unless you are cash-flush.

Explained further, garbage basically consists of plant and animal by-products, glass, metals, and styros.

Let's talk trash.

1.) Paper or cardboard.

Since I heat and cook with wood, that garbage is kindling and a necessary commodity.
The stove generally stays on day and night in the winter time, but even in the warmer months kindling is vital during the times when cooking is necessary.

So with the elimination of paper, wood, and cardboards from the garbage, instantly transforms my garbage to be less garbage than the next person.

2.) Table scraps.
Vegetable and fruit processing scrap, etc., ends up in a sealed compost container (recycled kitty-litter container), and ultimately incorporated into the garden. Any meat products go to the neighbor's dog.

As it turns out the soil is starving for nutrition (so likewise when I die, I'd prefer NOT to be simply burned up so that you have to breathe that crap, but I also would prefer NOT to be buried in a box. It gets no more selfish even unto death when your body has all the nutrients that could replenish your dying planet...just a thought).

So that eliminates table scraps and other animal and plant-matter from my garbage, which is usually where garbage odors originate from.


3.) Steel and other metals
are re-used in all sorts of varied projects.
When there is too much accumulated metals, one phone call makes it all go away (search location: craigslist; search term: metal scrapper).

Donating also helps the community by giving the excess to the starving scrappers.

4.) Glass products
are reused in canning, storage, or used as drinking glasses.

Very little glass ends up in the garbage until it results in breakage.

5.) Plastics and styros. You found MY GARBAGE!!
So the useless plastics are garbage, and bagged up.
On average, I'd say there's one bag per month that is carried out to the sealed dumpster (a 40foot bus).

However, even styrofoams have come in handy this winter. Temporarily insulating the 3-car garage openings shielded me from the bitter cold that is outside right now. (12degrees outside; 84 degrees inside! ";-)

There are no odors because there's no food-matter left in the garbage. No critters will find sustenance from my garbage.


I state the long-winded aforementioned to curtail the more judgmental among us, that might just assume something incorrectly, and lose the message for the wrongful assumption. Hello Codes Department.

In short, Think long-term in more than just your garbage, cables, sustenance, energy, etc. Remember you are going to get old; You are going to get forgetful; You are going to get error-prone, it's inevitable (if you even live that long).

And as luck would have it, there's not always a clear indication when you begin to decompose while you still live; we can't necessarily dictate to our minds that we would prefer to be the kind elderly person and not the pervert....it just happens. A little forgetfulness one day, then another day it becomes a little frustration...and bam, before you know it you're finding yourself talking to inanimate objects!
Whatsoever you do, do unto the next generation, your family tree, your neighbor (not for yourself...the initial investment in solar rarely sees a monetary return in an off-grid scenario. For the next generation, it is nothing BUT profit!

REMEMBER, IT'S THE NEXT GENERATION that is important, BUY TESTED AND TRUE PRODUCTS (and if you can't afford it, then God probably didn't want you to have it yet anyway. What now? Rebel against God and get the plastic version instead?). Your death should leave something of substance that will get you remembered, the artifacts of which may be used for generations to come; as opposed to the useless idols and graven images we may accumulate, commonly referred to as trinkets. Tools of old, for instance, are able to be used to this very day. The cheaper made modern-day tools will rarely survive even our own existence, let alone the next. Buying plastic crap leaves plastic crap. The owner of whom left the following generation to pay to move the plastic crap to the dump, or have a somewhat embarrassing garage sale in the hopes that someone will buy the plastic crap.

What you choose to leave behind determines your character, your foresight, and more. Getting old is no new science. Look around. No old people? Fewer old people this year? Unless you're eyes are diminished by the "statistics" brought to you by others, It appears that death is ever-present with the increase of capitalist crap. Prepare while you still have a mind to. Perform your projects as if you will be aged and invalid tomorrow. Automation and sensors are key.

Fluoride in "public" water supplies, genetically "modified" foods, nuclear plants within 30 miles of your home and more contribute to the increase in cancers and early termination of the humans and other wild life. With this much working against you, and even age being added to what's already against your sense of security, Motion Sensors, Light Sensors, and Timed Sensors will remember to turn on and off appliances so you can remember more important things, like what to do to remove fluoride from our water, for one. p.s. Ingesting fluoride will not make your teeth whiter, I believe fluoride was a slag byproduct of a bomb-making industry. How does that make you feel, my expendable countrymen?


Since we age, and are prone to forgetfulness, better get some sensors to help you out.

The modern-day old people may be dying prematurely of heart attacks this year.
In an on-grid scenario, the electric monopoly will require payment from our elderly and penalize / profit from their forgetfulness. Incorporating sensors tends to the menial tasks and saves energy, even in an on-grid scenario.

Motion sensors are awesome.
If there's no movement for a specified period of time, electrical connections are disconnected automatically (until there's motion again). So lights and various other electronics automatically turn off when I leave the building or pass out for a few hours. This may not seem like much until you try to live off a battery in the Ohio wintertime!

And don't just buy one sensor, get a zillion of them! The worst of my time out here was during the beginning months. Lighting was bad and sensors were scarce. There are areas of your living area that can not be seen by a solitary sensor, which could be hazardous if you happen to be cooking and the lights go out. When a sensor doesn't sense movement, imagine trying to see where to rest the pan and plate you're holding, and then waving your arm around like a madman trying to get the flipping light to come back on for another 5 minutes! Whew, glad I got that off my chest. Anyway, this is the answer: place numerous sensors, each sensor controlling lights of their own. The result will be much light when motion is sensed, less light when barely moving, and off when you walk away. LED's allow for more light with least consumption of energy.


In short, Automation is key, but also allows for the long-term life of your battery bank.

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