"@ Len "
I agree that I can defiantly learn to conserve a lot better and do with a lot less power hungry things that we have now. In fact I am trying to find some of the old school kitchen tools like hand cranked blenders and the like.
Old school kitchen... I started baking bread with a bread machine... heat something up everyday... ok bread... decided to make 2 loaves at a time... used mixer with dough hooks and only heated oven
up once for two loaves and loaves are better shape too. Today, I am baking 7 loaves, heat the oven once, more loaves in the oven means more steam in the oven, softer nicer bread. no mixer. Now if I can cook supper while the oven is still hot...
I don’t like the idea of having to Burn something though for heat or for cooking as that too releases harmful gasses into the atmosphere. But I understand that it at this point might be better then what I am doing now.
I have cooked almond flour bread with a solar oven, made rice with a solar cooker here in the Pacific North West, but the sun doesn't always shine.
A wood fired brick bake oven can use less resources than just about anything else if it is well built, and used continuously from hot to cool... sometimes two or three days. It is possible to make one heated by electric... 4kw for over an hour to get it to temp... for bread, not hot enough for pizza though. The rest of the house had better stop running while it heats if you are off grid.... if your inverter can deal with it or your stream is big enough. Or you can use one or two arm loads of wood. (and cook pizza)
Some times burning something is the best option. Something not very common in America that should (IMO
) go with wood burning is coppicing.
The goal we have though is to not just live green ourselves as the best we can but to come up with a way to create a eco village that has several modern things like computers etc but at the same time doing so in a reduced fashion and more conservative lifestyle. By doing this we can show the people who would not live the extreme eco village lifestyle that they too can reduce and conserve while keeping some of their comforts.
Sounds good.... but..... Actually, I don't think I will say too much
I don't have a very good opinion of the human race in these areas, power is cheap compared to just about any off grid solution. (village size hydro may be different, but to the user it is just another kind of grid so why switch?) It takes no maintenance just flip a switch. Pretty good stuff from a consumers point of view. OTOH I am glad for your vision and I do hope some of your enthusiasm wears off on other people. I hope I can do things that will rub off on others too. I live in Courtenay BC on Vancouver Island.... We have a curious bunch of people here... old stick in the mud types and old left from the sixties hippies... oh, and the locals who grew up here. Not sure which I am
The place is small enough that a bike is worth while transport and a lot of people do. Many people use wood for heat.... and I don't mean mass heaters either, they are the iron stinkers as free wood is easy to find or cheap to have delivered. I use hydro (real water hydro not coal) to heat, cook and everything else, but today fired up a drystack rocket heater
core, and have bought some solar PVs to start getting less grid in my life. Besides the old hot water
tank I am going to use as barrel for the rocket heater, I have another for a solar heating project
... Yes even here with all the rain. I want to see how much I can do here in the city
Basically I think I am just going to have to find a lot of land with a very strong flowing water source and go with Micro Hydro but I just wanted to see what other options are out there.
The only problem with micro hydro is the one I mentioned above, it doesn't work well with your goal of showing people they can go off grid and be green easy. It is just a mini-grid in most people's eyes. Wind mills and PVs are easy for people to see and imagine themselves owning. Most people are not going to think about the process that made them available. My opinion is that most people will change when they are forced to....