Solar: Installing A Power Transfer Switch

Connecting a transfer switch to our breaker panel was one more thing we had to do before we could disconnect from the grid. It enables us to run our home on either a generator or solar power, alternating between the two forms of power as necessary.

Testing Out The New Hand Pump on Our Well

simple pump hand pump

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here yet, but a few months ago we were finally able to afford to get a hand pump installed on our well. We went with a Simple Pump, because as I’ve mentioned in the past, they’re the only pump that would work on our deep well and deliver pressurized water to our house. So far we’re very pleased with our investment.

We hired a plumber to install the pump, since we really didn’t know what we were doing. He’s a local guy who we’ve worked with before, and who is totally into our off-grid project, so it was fun working with him. He was excited to see how the pump worked- having never installed a Simple Pump before.

Although the hand pump has been on our well for a while now, we haven’t had much time to mess with it since the winter weather has come in. It sits alongside our submersible electric pump. This week the weather has been warm, so we’ve taken advantage of the opportunity to turn our electric pump off and see how the hand pump works.

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Vacuuming Off The Grid

The ideal off-grid home will have hard flooring throughout. Unfortunately for us, we’ll likely be stuck with carpet for a few more years. Here’s how we plan on keeping our floors clean, even without electricity to run a vacuum.

The Dangerous Side of Solar

Dealing with solar panels is just as dangerous as dealing with live electricity. We knew that going into this. But a simple mistake could have had deadly consequences.

Earth Oven

Over the weekend we got to watch a couple demonstrate how to bake in an Earth Oven. I was fascinated by the entire thing, and asked a ton of questions. Here’s everything I learned about how to make your own earth oven and use it to bake delicious breads!