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What Did It Cost? – The Price of Our ENTIRE Solar Power System

A key part of living off-grid is generating your own power. While there are many options (including micro-hydro, geothermal, and wind turbine), solar tends to be the most popular — and for good reason. This video gives an interesting insight into the cost of a full solar power system.

From an economic as well as ecological standpoint, it may be wise to invest in a solar power system rather than rely on grid electricity — which has seen price hikes over the years. There’s also the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have a stable full-time power connection, immune from random / scheduled outages.

For these reasons, more and more off-grid aficionados and preppers are installing solar panels to facilitate self-reliance, as the cost of the systems continues to drop. This includes the good folk at Wild Wonderful Off-Grid, who highlight the total cost of their completely off-grid solar power system.

This is a pro build, not a rinky dink home setup – and quite an expensive setup in my view – with for example Lithium batteries and premium electronic components. There’s no corner cutting – which is important when you think that solar is a long term investment that requires long term reliability!

Here’s a breakdown of the components they needed and the price of each item/service. (We’ve linked to some similar examples seen on Amazon)

• 12 Hanwah Solar Panels – $2,743
• Combiner Box – $95
Schneider Electric Conext XW5448 AC Inverter (5500w) – $2,655
• Power Distribution Panel – $595
• Control Panel – $210
• W230 Battery Monitoring System – $360
Conext Combox Communication Device – $189
• Conext XW MPPT80 Charge Controller – $1,195
• Miscellaneous – $535
• Solar Stanchion Parts – $912 + $980 (120ft of 3” Steel Pipe for Stanchion)
• Shipping Cost – $570 (-$197 discount)
• 4 used Tesla Model S Batteries (via eBay) – 464Ah – $4,800

This totals to $15,640, which – astonishingly – would be just about the same amount it would have taken the power company to get them on the grid (and then a bill on top). So it’s a bargain compared to being on the grid.

Your situation is unique and several factors determine your final cost—including the size of your system, the state you live in, the brands you purchase, the characteristics of your home, and whether you go DIY-style or hire professionals.

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What Happens When You Bury Logs In The Veggie Garden Raised Bed

Burying a log in your veggie garden can be an interesting spectacle that would have many neighbors wondering what you could possibly be up to. But there’s a fantastic reason for it. Logs buried deep in the veggie beds gradually break down, releasing their nutrients into the soil for a sustained boost to the soil fertility.

This video demonstrates the full details of what happens when you bury logs in raised beds in the veggie garden. After a few months, the logs look solid in the outer layer but the inner part is soft and spongy. It is the way wood decomposes and provides nutrients and aeration to the soil around it. The logs break down and turn into “sponges” that are not only nutrient-rich but full of moisture. The decomposition also facilitates the soil to aerate easily and for plant roots to penetrate easily.

The video shows how growing our food supplies is continually taking away the nutrients from the soil, therefore, taking away from the environment. However, waste products like logs returned to the soil to decompose are replacing in a perfectly natural way what has been taken, therefore, giving back to the environment and introducing you to new ways of maintaining the natural cycle. As the saying goes, “take care of what’s taking care of you”.

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How To Build Bug Out Bags For The Family

The crazy world today sometimes feels like we are living on borrowed time. Pollution is high, life expectancy is lower in many places all over the world, and resources are getting depleted.

Survivalists prepare as though the “stuff could hit the fan” (SHTF) any time – and while “bugging in” is advised for the majority of circumstances, you have to be ready to bail fast and “bug out” if your location is no longer safe. One of the critical ways to facilitate a fast bailout is the creation of the “ultimate bug out bag”. The contents of every bug-out bag will be uniquely tailored to the wishes of the owner – but there are numerous “standard items” that survivalists will opt for.

The video showcases that a bug out bag can contain any of the following items:

• Flashlight
• Backup batteries
• Sanitizers
• Wet wipes
• Cup and spoon
• Respirator
• Snacks
• Cash
• Water bottle and filter
• Tissues / toilet roll
• Playing cards
• Change of clothes
• Compass
• Whistle
• Phone
• Fire making tools
• Gloves
• Notebook and pen
• Knife (where legal)
• Cutting cord
• Food
• Glow stick

The key to success here is to prepare before it happens. When SHTF, you want to have everything already in your bug out bag and ready to go as soon as possible.

Another useful tip is to create a checklist that goes with the bag so that every so often you can run a contents check and make sure you have everything prepped and ready to roll.

Watch the video to find out more that you can stash in your bug out bag that will help you if you need to leave in a rush during a disaster.

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