Becoming Self Sufficient

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…

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11 Responses to “Becoming Self Sufficient”

  1. What an amazing blog!!! I have just stumbled upon your site whilst looking for beetroot growers (I know, not the usual past time) and I became addicted to your postings and story. I would love to chat more to you .. perhaps get in touch?

  2. Hi Juliette,
    thanks so much for your kind words. I’ll email you soon and in the future I’ll be putting up a page on facebook…. so we can all be in touch!

  3. Julie,

    Been getting your news letter and enjoying.. Just discover your blog.. looking forward to visit you often downunder..dave

  4. Aloha, I want to thank you for your website! I really enjoy receiving information from you. I am actually taking a course in sustainability. Your advice is awesome thank you for taking the time to follow your dreams! Love it.

  5. Hi Julie,

    I\’m Wim from southern Philippines. My father has just purchased a piece of land that we are trying to turn into an organic farm. There is no power and we also have no running water. The power company told us we have to pay for the powerline (about 500 meters) and the electric posts just to bring electricity to the farm. I\’d like to know more about your wind turbine and the solar cells. Hoping we\’d be able to duplicate your self sufficient system. Thanks a lot.

  6. Hope you keep adding to this information! Have enjoyed your blog very much. Do you have a garden pond yet?

  7. Hi Lynn,
    thanks, great to be appreciated! A for the pond – No I don’t have mains water yet at the farm but it looks like a possibility in 2011. Then all I have to do is get the time to create one. 🙂

  8. Hi Wim,
    I’m only running a very small system at the moment, but it covers my very basic needs, although I can only have my fridge on a few hours, several times a day. I’m running a 12V system, with 760Ws of solar panels, a 1500W inverter, with 3 220AH batteries. So a very small system compared to most here in Australia – especially off the grid.
    Unfortunately my wind turbine has got a problem and is not providing any power to the system. Problem is I have to get it down from my 11meter high tower – very scary. Then I think the regulator needs replacing. I have a friend who got it up there who will get it down when he next visits!
    Let me know if you want more details.
    regards,
    Julie

  9. great to hear Lilly – just love that name!

  10. Love your blog and love getting your emails. Thanks again for all the interesting information

  11. you’re very welcome Dave, great to hear positive feedback 🙂

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