Off-Grid Solar and Wind-Generated Power Topic: Lifestyle

The first hot showers in the off-grid lab were firewood stove-heated.
Water added to a large pot with a bilge pump dropped in,So-So Shower

Although appreciated (and of course necessary),
this was a time-consuming makeshift shower. The bilge pump was connected to one end of a garden hose that delivered the shower to the other end of a garden sprayer and was messy.Common small bilge-pumped water

Later I evolved to black pipe placed out in the sun.

However, solar-heated water was an ineffective and unreliable means for obvious reasons, such as waiting till 11am when the water in the pipe was hot enough to be able to take a shower.

Solar Water Heater via Black Poly PipeBlack Piped Solar Water Heater

The black pipe seen in the photos is actually over 200 feet of thick-walled hard poly pipe, typically used for underground water lines. The pipe draped all over the roof, and then down the side of the garage, and back and forth on a wire fence.

In the summer, the heated water was at times unbearably scalding, with no means to adjust the temperatures.
When the hot water ran out, the shower was over.

Aside from the first winter out here, the subsequent winters have been a breeze due to a fire-wood stove adaption. The Stove has its own page allocated toward explaining what worked, and what did not work.

12 Degrees Ohio outside; Sauna Inside

As for refrigeration, it turns out there hasn't been any real need for refrigeration.

Two Three years and going strong without the need for refrigerators,Refrigeration Nada instead they are used as cupboards.

Alternative means for refrigeration are used in the winter time, when needed.
Some of the methods of winter-refrigeration are old-school, such as:

If it's winter time, put your food outside (in a secure cooler).

Use a SECURE cooler. Raccoons are ingenious!
If it were not for the myriad of security cameras here to later allow for the playback of the 4-legged bandits, I'd swear there were bad kids in the neighborhood!

Off-Grid Freezer

However, the freezer is on the top of the "never turn off" list.

The freezer is where all the good stuff from the garden is hiding. Anything from the garden can be frozen. Since there's so many canned pickles left from a few years ago, the cucumbers this year are simply sliced and flash-frozen (which are great in smoothie drinks, just add water, honey, and cucumber cubes). Kale is another great thing to freeze and also works well in smoothies. Either works well if just doing a stir-fry.

The freezer shown above came from Home Depot in Springfield Ohio and has been well-appreciated.
Since I don't drive, they even delivered the freezer to me free of charge!
Recently a man whom I fixed a computer for, repayed me by filling the freezer to capacity. He brought so much food that I had to decline some of it. There's no room for another freezer!

Another thing you may need to adapt to when off-grid, is making your own food. This is something made in January 2018. It's bread with dried pineapples and apple spice.

First Breads in Springfield OhioBread in Ohio

Oddly enough, this flour was about 2 years beyond its expiration date. Yes, every bit of it was eaten anyway, but who knew powders and flours had expiration dates?

If you're heading off-grid, chances are you are too far from a store in which to shop.
Keep your flours and powders in very secure canisters. I was clueless about these little creatures that lay larvae and then turn into moths. I'm not sure how long I had been eating that larvae and those moths. Whenever I needed flour I simply dipped a measuring cup into the 25pound bag and scooped the flour out. During that learning time, lights were scarce here.
Springfield Ohio-made bread
At times I would notice webs, other times I noticed whole moths who seemed confused, and still other times I simply knew that there must have been more moths and larvae that I missed because the bread was funny.

Nowadays I use a bread-maker! It makes perfect bread every time with very little waste.
Perfect Bread everytimeThank God for Breadmachines

Life in an off-grid venture would be somewhat non-committal if one did not provide a stock of edibles from the garden!

First Springfield Ohio Zucchini of the seasonSpringfield Ohio's Garden-Fresh Food
The man on the tractor seen in the photos below is a fine neighbor to the north of me. He and his wife have been a great inspiration toward my persistence to head off-grid whole-heartedly.
Off-grid Springfieldoff-grid foodSpringfield Garden

Here the garden is being enlarged gaining more area

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Springfield Apple Tree2nd year Apple Tree
Within the photos shown above is an apple tree.

The apple tree was brought to me by this lady,
Smiling Vickie.
Springfield Ohio's Vickie Murph

Thanks again, Vickie.
*She's been a God-send that started out as a customer, and has turned into the "go-to" person for so many things, least of all is her impeccable memory!
It's now 2018 and the tree has grown taller than me, and may require some pruning soon. This year the tree probably will be producing apples. Last year it created one apple. The apple was the size of my thumb. I tried to get vickie to eat it, but it was just too small (about the size of a strawberry).

This is another photo of tree-giver Vickie.Vickie next to crooked Judge Trempe Here she is posing next to a photo of "justice" Judge Trempe. Vickie was a witness at the crooked trial (in my somewhat professional opinion it was a court-complicit scam of an elderly woman, my mom). If you'd like to amuse yourself with the facts of the case you can choose to either read my version here or the Courts redacted version here. A copy of the style="color: rgb(51, 51, 153);">trial transcripts will show Judge Trempe was not acting in his expected capacity during the trial, and the Court Record reflects his practicing law from the bench before the trial. If there's to be assumed any legitimacy in "our" Nation's legal system, then this case ought to be showcased as the need for a complete social-order revamping.

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