Well it’s been ages since I’ve put up a new post. It’s not because it’s winter here in South Australia. I’ve moved into my farm house. That sounds all right really, doesn’t it? The thing is, I don’t have mains power or water, so I’m devoting as much of my time possible to getting this old homestead up to date. By that I mean running water (yes, in the house) and power.
The really exciting thing is that this week I got my new wind turbine up in the air and it’s now giving me FREE power. I’m putting together my system myself, which is a little tricky to say the least. There’s just so much conflicting information out there. ETSA (our power utility) wanted about $125,000 to bring power to my house – so I thought there had to be another way.
Admittedly, I’m still adding to my sytem, but I now have about 600 watts of solar and 500 watts of wind. This is enough to run a small fridge for a few hours, several times a day, my laptop, recharging of phone, MP3 player etc, some lights and odd things I need while renovating – such as my drill, grinder etc. I even used my hair dryer a few minutes yesterday… there was a gusty breeze blowing
I’ll be adding more info about my journey towards self sufficiency, but if you’d like to take a look at my wind turbine, here it is:
Julie’s Wind Turbine
Happy Organic Gardening, Healthy Living…
Filed under: Organic Gardening on July 3rd, 2010