Today, while planning an upgrade to my off grid hot water system, I went looking for the best solar water heater options available at a reasonable cost. Solar electric based heaters are not cost efficient compared to direct solar heating, and so many off-gridders end up resorting to propane or natural gas based water heaters. But, there are many great lesser known solar water heating options out there.
One question I commonly get from people building an off grid power system, is whether they can run a deep water well pump from a solar system. So, today I decided to answer that question for everyone.
This week I was working with a friend to find good size water barrels for their house, and the question came up, How much rainwater could we collect in a year? So, I thought I would share with you today, the easy way to figure out just how much could be collected on your roof in a year (or month). No measuring!
For quite a while I have been researching the best ways to build an off grid water system, and today I thought I would write down everything I know. There are many options for off the grid water besides just a well and septic. So, hopefully this helps people getting started get an idea how they can have water on their property.
If you are like me, the cost of new septic was too high, and you weren't sure if one would work way out on your property anyway. That's why I went out and found the best off grid toilets for remote cabins or eco-friendly homesteads.
Like me you might have wondered, do I really need to pay out for an expensive deep well when I have so much water on my property? I have spent time researching the best low cost water yet reliable filtration systems for my off grid homestead, and this is what I have found.
The first thought that many conversation minded individuals have after taking a shower is often, how can I reuse all that water? Using 'grey water' like bath water to irrigate your garden may be a good alternative, if you know the right shampoos to use that won't hurt your plants.
For off grid and permaculturists, reusing mildly dirty water in a grey water systems is a no brainer since it saves money, conserves water, and finds a use for every waste. But, for the beginner it can be a little scary, because you don't want to accidentally poison your plants in the process. Don't worry, using grey water safely can be very simple, and I'll walk you through what you need to know.
For those of us still paying for water to drink, wash in, and irregate our plants, the idea of collecting free rain water from our roofs seems naturally appealing. There is a lot of confusion out there about the best way to harvest and store the water that falls naturally on your roof. But it doesn't have to be that hard.