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Old 05-18-2013, 11:29 AM   #16
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Under 2000 dollars cash, the rest using credit.

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Old 05-19-2013, 11:14 PM   #17
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I wish solar panels were not so expensive. It's impossible to make up the cost in a human life time, for an average size house, that's why no one actually does it. It's a vicious cycle though. If most DID do it, imagine how expensive electricity would be for those who don't. I'd still like to try to make my own electricity one day though, but wind might be more efficient as it works at night too.
For solar much depends on where you live and sighting. I have 28 250w panels on my south facing roof in SoCal. Grid tied and off-sets ~100% of my electric consumption. I calculate a 4-5 year payback.

Wind in my location does not work production-wise or investment.
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:32 AM   #18
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Our cottage is off grid in Ontario. Because we are off grid, I can't get in on the Feed In Tarrif program, but it was way cheaper than running hydro service. 1200 square feet propane stove, HWT, and furnace with a woodstove.
Spent about $200 on propane last year, and about $50 on gas for the generator when running heavy tools.
No hydro bill, and a $60 tax bill.
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:13 PM   #19
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I'm sorry but I call shenanigans on that 2000 dollar number. The panels alone would cost that. Is it explained in the video how he got all the supplies he needed for 2 grand? Plumbing, lumber, etc? (at work, can't watch)
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Is it explained in the video how he got all the supplies he needed for 2 grand? Plumbing, lumber, etc? (at work, can't watch)
Yes, at 5 min 10 sec into this video. It's a temporary structure and not suitable to live in. I think he's breaking the law and risking his life by living there. I think he said it's on top of paving stones.

It doesn't include tax, windows, doors, porch, or solar panels.
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Old 05-20-2013, 01:06 PM   #21
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Yes, at 5 min 10 sec into this video. It's a temporary structure and not suitable to live in. I think he's breaking the law and risking his life by living there. I think he said it's on top of paving stones.

It doesn't include tax, windows, doors, porch, or solar panels.
Nor does it include plumbing (presumably because he doesn't have any... which is going a bit beyond the "no creature comforts" into "batsh** insane" territory) or wiring, both of which can add up.
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Old 05-20-2013, 04:58 PM   #22
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Pretty sure he is using a composting toilet, so not exactly going out and doing his business in the woods or anything. Admittedly, it's not for everyone, but I don't know that I'd call it bs crazy either. No more so than paying on a home for 30 years before it's actually yours. To each their own though. As far as the panels being super expensive, you would be surprised how little a small system costs. Especially one that is just used for very basic things. He is heating, cooking, and refrigerating with propane I think, so he really wouldn't need too much electrical capabilities.
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Cool! For $2000. Not a bad project after all.
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I wouldn't live it it but it does make for a good press piece.
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Man, that thing is barely larger than a prison cell... which is where most spouses would end up after they killed the other after trying to actually live together in that tiny little place for more than a few days.

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Man, that thing is barely larger than a prison cell... which is where most spouses would end up after they killed the other after being crammed into that tiny little place for too long...


My wife informed me that they would not find the body so she would not be in there after all.
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My wife informed me that they would not find the body so she would not be in there after all.
But you'd hope even the dumbest homicide detective would put it together if one went missing after the other came up with the 'bright idea' of moving them into it.

Me, I've got to live in a place with more than one floor. So you can plausibly deny hearing your spouse call for you to come "do something". More often than not if you ignore the first two calls they're figure out how to do it themselves. Can't do that when you're cheek and jowl in that tiny box...

Which goes to explain why they had a lot more neighborhood bars way back when. Tiny houses, no other entertainment and wife that got pregnant every time you so much as looked at her. The husband would have to bug out to avoid making the house even more crowded 9 months later... Now with bigger houses, cable and the internet, well, you get the idea...

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Hi,I'm a newbie here but I'd have think that not everything is new.You can do a lot with used parts you have laying around.Also if you have any electrical experience.Making your own panels isn't all that hard.Here's a site that might interest most of you...Builditsolar.com.Tells you how to diy.Isn't that what this is all about anyway?Do It Yourself!

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