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by KathyLauren
Sun Aug 09, 2009 4:10 am
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: solar light tubes
Replies: 6
Views: 1447

Re: solar light tubes

It seems a good application, which can be used to transmit the sun light in to the house. However, I'm not sure if the efficiency is acceptable. As the material of the tube is not like fiber, diffuse reflectance will happen on the internal side of tube. I have seen these in use, and the efficiency ...
by KathyLauren
Fri Aug 07, 2009 5:02 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Work/ Self sufficientish conflict
Replies: 13
Views: 950

Re: Work/ Self sufficientish conflict

If you rent, you are committed to having an income forever to pay it. If you buy, you are committed to having an income to pay the mortgage, but mortgages eventually get paid off, and then you are home free. For being self-sufficient, owning is definitely better. The only issue is that it's an uphil...
by KathyLauren
Fri Aug 07, 2009 4:42 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: self sufficient an expensive hobby ?
Replies: 36
Views: 2293

Re: self sufficient an expensive hobby ?

And that is the secret of self sufficiency - being part of a community where everyone can chip in with skills to make the whole group have enough of the essentials of life. WOW! I totally love this sentiment! It expresses beautifully what I think of when I think of "self-sufficiency." I don't want ...
by KathyLauren
Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:43 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Rainwater collection
Replies: 7
Views: 1885

Re: Rainwater collection

Could you tell me more about your solar-powered pump? Which pump do you have, what panels, whether it's battery or direct, throughput, etc.. By the sounds of things, your soaker hoses are higher than the water outlet? My soaker hoses are actually downhill from two of the tanks, but the total head i...
by KathyLauren
Thu Aug 06, 2009 1:45 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from the West Coast of Canada
Replies: 14
Views: 847

Re: Hello from the West Coast of Canada

Hi, Kally. I am just across the water from you on Denman Island. *waves* I hope you are surviving the heat and dry weather!
by KathyLauren
Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:27 am
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Rainwater collection
Replies: 7
Views: 1885

Rainwater collection

We are trying to get our garden set up for growing most of our own food. Problem is, we get almost no rain in the summer, and our well doesn't produce enough water for the garden. On the other hand, we get lots of rain in the winter, so rainwater collection and storage is a no-brainer. I've got 2500...
by KathyLauren
Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:05 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from British Columbia
Replies: 5
Views: 457

Hello from British Columbia

Hi, folks. I have been searching for a self-sufficiency-type forum without much success until now. This looks like a nice place. :) I live on a small island off the west coast of Canada. My wife and I have 6 acres, with a garden for veggies and a woodlot for firewood. I telecommute to work two days ...