Heat is one of the biggest complaints, and reported to be one of the hardest and most expensive problems to solve. In truth, it is a simple, cheap, and easy problem to solve if we remove the promoters, who won’t promote anything they can’t profit from.
Evaporative cooling has been used effectively for centuries, from long before there was electricity. While it may not be quite as convenient as today’s energy hog A/C’s, it still works just as effectively, and is extremely energy efficient. Sometimes, history can be a better teacher than new technology. Off grid people from around the world, are now rejecting newer tech, like solar panels, in favor of cheaper and more efficient older technologies. Since many of us spend most of our time off the grid, following their lead seems to be a wise idea.
If we remove big money and big profits from the picture, everyone’s lives can be improved, especially those of us who choose to live alternative lifestyles. Better options are within our grasp if we seek them out. We have the unique opportunity to combine both newer and older technologies to our advantage, without getting caught up in the spend, spend, spend mindset the promoters promote.
I started living this lifestyle before there were home computers, cell phones, or the internet, yet I lived quite comfortably, even in extreme weather conditions. Working outside, we overcame any problem that presented itself, so we could keep on working. We defeated the hot, the cold, the wet, no power, and any other problem that came our way. Despite the almost constantly adverse conditions, we did our jobs well, and lived relatively comfortable and rewarding lives. If we ignore the promoters, we can integrate the needed newer technologies in pretty easily and cheaply. I have a $100 electrical system that includes a house battery & and an isolator, but no solar panels or any of the expenses or headaches that go along with them. Add another $120 if you include my generator and battery charger. By using energy efficient systems, I rarely need the generator, and never run out of power, even in extreme conditions. Driving 15-20 minutes each way, 2-3 times a week, in town, gives me all the power I need. My last $18 junkyard house battery lasted over 7 years too. So we CAN live pretty cheaply without compromising on our comfort or convenience.
"Swamp coolers are the only form of A/C that are both energy efficient & effective." ~ BetterLivin