Day 17: We were going to rock Thanksgiving weekend with work. Not realizing everything we could do on Thanksgiving day required us to have something else done that we had to go get parts for. So we worked for a couple hours then ate the Thanksgiving meal I had prepped while working too and relaxed watching movies and catching up on ideas. (We looked at Black Friday sales flyers too)
Day 18: Black Friday: If they had anything we needed on sale, we did not see it! We went in got what we needed for plumbing and left – FOUR TIMES! We then spent a couple hours with the grey water lines: dry fitting it, gluing it and being done with it. We also did all of the water lines with pex (flex plumbing and push fittings – best plumbing out there!!)
Yep look at that saw dust I need to get out of there before closing up….
Day 19: We installed 2 ceiling fans and 2 exhaust fans. We also finished the hook ups on the plumbing lines. All told a couple hours of work!
We have to replace the LED lights – the one set we got were faulty and they have sent us a refund and we had to order a new set. We have received and installed voltage meters for the battery inverter side, in order to not over power everything. We have a new larger solar power controller on order in order to ensure that we do not overpower and blow out the 30w one (please note that our first system will be used on our van)
We have to run the gas lines next and finish the power to the batteries – This way we can get our new solar panels and batteries ordered. We are digging deep to get the $3000 – yep $3000 to not have to have a power bill or be connected to anything – This will give us 1KWh of power solar panels and 1000ah of batteries, giving us MORE than enough to do the house daily with regular ‘luxuries’. We also are digging in to get the $1600 for the composting toilet ($1000 with solar ‘burn’ so you only remove ash once a month) and to get the water recycle/capture system set up in order to just recycle our grey and capture rain water and filter all of it. We are looking to be totally self sufficient. These are the items that are not necessary for a regular house to be connected to the grid.
However, these items are:
- Connecting to the power grid: $5000 + $75 a month basic
- Connecting to water and sewer in a new location: $5800 + $50 a month basic.
- These costs are upfront fee and then monthly fee for as long as you are turned on and the hook up fee is non refundable!
For us the cost efficiency is there. We are willing to put more work in to go green and being more mobile in the long run.