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Aug 032014
 
Making Your Retreat Energy Efficient - Awnings, Brise Soleils, Shades and Verandas

Many of the preferred locations for prepper retreats are in areas that have substantial swings in temperatures between hot summers (daytime temperatures often in the 90s and sometimes exceeding 100) and cold winters (where temperatures seldom rise above freezing, even in the middle of the day). That’s no big deal when you have unlimited utility power for heating and cooling, limited only by your ability to pay the electricity or gas bill each month.  But […]

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 […]

Jun 252013
 
The Two Types of Wind Effects to Consider

This is the second part of a three-part article series on using wind data to evaluate the risk of nuclear fallout at your retreat location. If you arrived here directly from a search engine or link, you should probably go to the first part of the series that discusses the different types of fallout patterns and read that first before reading this second part (and of course, then following the link at the bottom on […]

Jun 252013
 
Available Wind Data Sources And How to Use Them

This is the third part of a three-part article series on using wind data to evaluate the risk of nuclear fallout at your retreat location. If you arrived here directly from a search engine or link, you should probably go to the first part of the series – Using Wind Data to Estimate Fallout Risk – and read that first, then continue on to the second part – The Two Types of Wind Effects to […]

Jan 222013
 
Evaluating Likely Weather at a Retreat Location

This is the second part of a two-part article on retreat weather issues.  Please click to visit the first part, What Sort of Weather to Hope For at a Retreat Location. Growing Degree Days Growing degree days (GDD), and sometimes referred to as Growing degree units (GDU), add an extra layer of sophistication to the growing season measurement that was discussed at the end of the first part of this two-part article. Growing season measurements […]

Jul 112012
 
What Sort of Weather to Hope For at a Retreat Location

In an earlier part of this article series – Weather Considerations When Choosing a Retreat – we explained how weather is probably the most important issue to consider and optimize when selecting a favorable location for your retreat.  Hopefully you’re now persuaded of that fact. So, given that choosing a ‘good weather’ location is vitally important, perhaps now we need to consider what exactly ‘good’ weather is. This might seem simplistic.  We know good weather […]

Jul 112012
 
Evaluating and Assessing Weather Issues and Vulnerabilities

At the time of writing this, parts of the midwest (most notably Wyoming) are suffering major agricultural/economic impacts due to suffering the worst drought in ten years. Excuse us?  The worst drought in ten years?  The worst drought in 100 years – they could be excused for being tripped up by that.  Many of us would even allow a person the benefit of the doubt for the worst drought in 50 years.  But to be […]

Jul 042012
 
Weather Considerations When Choosing a Retreat

We all know about weather, right?  Warm and sunny with a clear blue sky and a gentle breeze is nice.  Cold, windy, rainy or snowy – all that is nasty. Perhaps weather has even had a moderate impact on your choice of where you live at present.  And/or maybe it is something you like to complain about. Well, whatever you formerly felt about weather, and however important weather was to you in your choice of […]

May 262012
 
The Essential Role of Water When Choosing Your Retreat Location

Finding the ideal retreat location is a bit like finding the ideal spouse.  Almost impossible. There are many different factors to consider in evaluating different retreat locations, including for most of us the key issue of affordability (although when it comes to Level 3 scenarios, it could be argued that a bad retreat location is only slightly better than no retreat location at all). How to juggle the many different factors for a ‘perfect’ retreat […]

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