This is from the building this summer- I will post more pictures as soon as it is nice outside- right now things are a muddy mess!
Okay so I thought I would post a little about how we live. A week or so ago I was talking with a friend and she said she knew we did not have running water or electricity but she never really thought about it until now, so how do we live?? It is true in our little 384 square foot house we have no running water or electricity and it is wonderful. We do have a sand point (water) and electricity at the barn but the barn is 300 feet or more from the house. Anyway everyday Chuck gets water for the house. At this point we store the water in 2 plastic jugs, use that mainly for bathing and dishes. We empty some of the water in a berkey water filter for drinking and cooking. As for the lights, this summer was no problem, with it staying light until 8 or 9 we really did not need any lights. Once the shorter days came we found ourselves falling asleep somewhere between 5 and 6. We have oil lamps but that lighting just made us even more tired and it was hard to do any work using this lighting. So Chuck installed a lighting system that is run from a boat battery. We now have two lights one at either end of the house. At this point we take the battery to the barn to charge, but we really want to get it hooked up to a solar charger. However we do not know much about using solar, or hooking it up. Any suggestions would be great. We also want to be able to charge the lap top using solar.
Giving up electricity and running water was a lot easier than you might think. Of course we did it because we wanted to not necessarily because we had to, which I am sure makes a difference. We have been living without a T.V. for a couple of years now, and we have a propane stove and a propane refrigerator and now lights run by a battery. We have laptop so we can watch movies listen to music, we also have a radio.
Life without running water is not so bad either, the only difference is that we have to heat up the water before we wash dishes or bathe, we try to keep a pot on the stove with warm water in it for hand washing. We just purchased a claw foot tub that we will use to bathe in this summer, we are trying to figure out how to heat up that much water, we have many ideas we just need to see what will work.
We heat our little house with wood, the stove we have now is kind of a piece of crap- to be blunt. It keeps us warm we are just using way to much wood. A neighbor of ours has a fisher stove sitting on his front porch that he is not using- maybe one day I can convince him to sell it to us and then things will be good for sure!
At the moment we are doing some remodeling in the house, and next week Chuck has spring break so hopfully more will get done then I promise to post pictures.