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Apr 292014
 
How Much Extra Emergency/Reserve Capacity Does Your Solar Power System Need?

This is a further part of our series on solar energy.  Please also visit our sections on energy in general and solar energy in particular for more related articles. There are two ways of developing a solar system for a retreat.  By far the simpler is to simply go out and buy the biggest bestest system you can afford, and whatever you end up getting is what you have, and you’ll adjust and survive as […]

Apr 252014
 
Recovering and Recycling the Heat from Your Shower Waste Water

There are lots of devices out there at present to make one’s life more energy-efficient.  The problem that most of them face is that few of them are cost-effective when we’re paying so little for reliable ever-present energy. But if – when – energy prices skyrocket, and/or if/when energy becomes scarce and unreliable, all these devices will come into their own and become valuable and essential.  Needless to say, as we prepare for ‘discontinuities’ in […]

Apr 222014
 
How Much Solar Power Generating Capacity Do You Need?

This is a further part of our series on solar energy.  Please also visit our sections on energy in general and solar energy in particular for more related articles. We’ve already written an article pointing out something you hopefully already know – solar power is a wonderful energy source for preppers.  If you don’t already have some solar power on tap at your retreat, you should urgently add some. But – how much solar power […]

Mar 212014
 
Air Conditioning and Solar Power

One of the basic principles of planning a retreat is to minimize your energy needs, and a key part of that is the design of the retreat so as to make it as well insulated as possible.  This will cut down on your heating energy requirements in the colder months, and should also cut down on your cooling energy requirements in the warmer months. Well, that’s the theory of it, anyway.  The reality is a […]

Dec 202013
 
Why Solar Energy is So Wonderful for Preppers

This is the first part of a series on solar energy.  Please visit our sections on energy in general and solar energy in particular for more related articles. Every part of our world is defined – and/or constrained – by energy.  Our modern civilization – something you might think of as being all about computers and the internet, or perhaps all about big cities and high-rise buildings, or perhaps jet planes and satellites – has […]

Nov 202013
 
Understanding the Difference Between Power and Energy

One of the most important parts of planning and managing your retreat is to optimize its power and energy requirements. The two terms – power and energy – are often used, in normal casual conversation, as meaning the same thing (for example, sometimes you’ll see references to electric power and sometimes to electric energy, although both terms probably are referring to the same thing), and we’ll wager that if we carefully read through the half […]

Aug 032013
 
Electric Utility Task Vehicles for Your Retreat

We wrote before about the benefits of considering electric vehicles for your future retreat transport needs – see our article ‘Is a Tesla the Best Car for a Prepper‘. We concluded that some sort of electric vehicle would be excellent in a Level 3 situation, because electricity might be easier to generate/create than other fuel/energy types.  But of course a Tesla is a very expensive vehicle, and not well suited for ‘working’ purposes on a […]

Jul 292013
 
Coal - A Prepper's Friend or Foe?

It is only slightly an exaggeration to say that coal has fueled and been a significant enabler of much of the modern world’s development. But these days, ‘conventional wisdom’ denigrates coal as being dirty, environmentally unfriendly, and generally nasty.  The popular perception (which is completely wrong) is that the US (and possibly world-wide) coal industry is in terminal decline, because it is an obsolete and no longer effective/useful energy source. Is there actually any continued […]

Jul 292013
 
Practical Issues to Do With Using Coal

If the concept of coal as a fuel source appeals, you need to shift from the theory to the practicalities of what it will cost to buy the coal, how you will store it, and other related issues and considerations.  Our earlier article, ‘Coal – A Prepper’s Friend of Foe‘ looked at the overall issues to do with coal, this article looks at some further specific things to consider when evaluating coal. Where the Coal […]

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