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Energy, who needs it!

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25 Apr 2020 19:43 #4003 by Stever
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I went through the design and implementation of solar voltaic, charge controllers, batteries, inverters, wiring, permitting, etc.

Next, I analyzed next how not to need it.

There's a lot to it, thermodynamics, chemistry, physics, gravity, plumbing, insulation, et al.

I'll devote this section initially to the topic of water needs, particularly flushing toilets. About 30% of the water used is for flushing alone.

If you have ever had to fetch and carry water you learn how heavy it is and arduous the task.

For toilet needs I place the containers just below the rain gutter level. I have small diameter lines that run into the top of the toilet tank, mine holds about 2 gallons. I also have five 200 gallons tanks that I use in my rain water capture system.

After a flush, the water in the tank is spent. Gravity then enables water from the gutter level to fill the toilet tank for the next flush. It doesn't need to be pumped. A small float valve stops the filling. There is no electricity required.
I still keep the original plumbing connected. The fill valve is normally shut. We get about 4 feet of rain a year in Maryland. At 7.5 gallons per foot, a square foot capture area gets you 30 gallons, or 15 flushes. Calculating how many flushes a day is dependent on the number of people times individual needs. For me it is 4 flushes per day. So a square foot of capture will provide about 4 days of flushing. The 1000 gallons of peripheral storage provides 500 flushes. It rains frequently enough to keep enough water in the tanks to provide enough flush water. (2.31 feet of vertically stored water provides 1 PSI pressure)

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26 Apr 2020 17:00 - 26 Apr 2020 17:01 #4034 by PrepperBob
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