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by KathyLauren
Sun Aug 30, 2009 8:00 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Rainwater collection
Replies: 7
Views: 1830

Re: Rainwater collection

Hello there , she found a bit of a snag , they needed planning permission ! I've heard that - that some jurisdictions require planning permission for collecting rainwater. To me, that is truly bizarre. I mean, if you were planning to pump the water into trucks and export it, then sure, you are robb...
by KathyLauren
Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:09 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: self sufficiency and money
Replies: 12
Views: 798

Re: about not paying tax

Like 'em or hate 'em, the government has a job to do and they need money to do it. If everyone's income was low enough that no one paid income tax, then they'd just change the tax regime: lower the threshold for paying income tax, or switch to a sales tax / value added tax or something else as their...
by KathyLauren
Sat Aug 22, 2009 11:38 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Doom. Doooom, we're all doomed
Replies: 23
Views: 1789

Re: Doom. Doooom, we're all doomed

I came across this BBC news story that is relevant to this topic. Cuba is a fascinating example of how to deal with peak oil, because they went through it 20 years ago. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8213617.stm There is also a 53-minute documentary on Cuba's experience with peak oil, called "T...
by KathyLauren
Sat Aug 22, 2009 3:48 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Doom. Doooom, we're all doomed
Replies: 23
Views: 1789

Re: Doom. Doooom, we're all doomed

if it wasn't for the fact that a small minority own the vast majority of the land, every family could have 3 acres of agricultural land each. This would be sufficient to provide most of your food and heating, and you would still be able to do 4 days a week working elsewhere. This is a good statisti...
by KathyLauren
Fri Aug 21, 2009 4:12 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Doom. Doooom, we're all doomed
Replies: 23
Views: 1789

Re: Doom. Doooom, we're all doomed

Imagine that cities do fail, where does that mass group of people go to get food? If they come knocking on your front door, hungry, angry thet you have and they dont, and quite prepared to take from you and you family, do you defend yourstockpile then or happily give it away? That's why survivalism...
by KathyLauren
Thu Aug 20, 2009 7:13 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Doom. Doooom, we're all doomed
Replies: 23
Views: 1789

Re: Doom. Doooom, we're all doomed

I think more people are becoming aware that the road our society is on is heading for a train wreck. This awareness is probably a good thing, if it can motivate people to make significant lifestyle changes. 1. Has eviromental/population/resources based doom gone mainstream? It might be starting to. ...
by KathyLauren
Tue Aug 18, 2009 6:52 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Starting small
Replies: 24
Views: 4259

Re: Starting small

Did that link for the LED lights in Canada work for you ? Yes, it did, thanks. Being able to order them is nice, but what I discovered that is even more interesting is that WalMart ( :evil2: ) has them. Not that I am a big fan of WalMart, but it appears to be the first retail store that carries LED...
by KathyLauren
Tue Aug 18, 2009 3:36 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Starting small
Replies: 24
Views: 4259

Re: Starting small

I always get these things mixed up. If you discharge it deeply in that you use 80% of it's power the battery will generally only last a 100 charges etc. Where as if you discharge the battery by 20% in that leaving 80% of it's power in the battery it will recharge 1000's of times. That's what I thou...
by KathyLauren
Mon Aug 17, 2009 3:26 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Starting small
Replies: 24
Views: 4259

Re: Starting small

if you run the batteries down to 20% of their capacity they will only last about 100 charges ( estimate IIRC) where as if you only discharge them to 20% of their capacity then they will recharge thousands of times Something not quite right about the percentages, methinks. :scratch: It depends on th...
by KathyLauren
Sun Aug 16, 2009 3:27 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: energy saving
Replies: 12
Views: 1552

Re: energy saving

juperwort wrote:
ina wrote: Where's "here"?
Somewhere over "there" I guess :)
Good guess. :) Funny, I was sure I entered my location when I joined. Well, it's there now. Thanks for pointing that out.
by KathyLauren
Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:50 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: energy saving
Replies: 12
Views: 1552

Re: energy saving

I wish it were easier to get LED light bulbs here. They are just about impossible to find. We use mostly CFLs, but I am not impressed with their longevity - better than incandescent, but they still burn out fairly often. And then there is the fact that you have to dispose of them as toxic waste. LED...
by KathyLauren
Sat Aug 15, 2009 11:17 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Meteor shower, tonight 12/8/09
Replies: 20
Views: 1538

Re: Meteor shower, tonight 12/8/09

Also had a beautiful harvest moon, so a very red/orange sky Not strictly true I'm afraid, the Harvest Moon is not for another 2 months, then followed by Hunter's Moon. Sorry just going by what the old guy standing in the field taking photos of it said it was, so what does a harvest moon look like s...
by KathyLauren
Sat Aug 15, 2009 10:34 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Rainwater collection
Replies: 7
Views: 1830

Re: Rainwater collection

Update... Yesterday, I finished digging the trench and made the final connection to the third tank. I gave it its first test as soon as it was connected. It fills at about 8-10 gallons per minute by gravity from the upper tanks, which is all I need. When full, it will feed by gravity to the garden, ...
by KathyLauren
Sat Aug 15, 2009 1:46 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: I sooooo want to be debt free, and we're sooooo nearly there
Replies: 16
Views: 840

Re: I sooooo want to be debt free, and we're sooooo nearly there

Way to go! :cheers: Paying off your debts is a huge, huge step towards self-sufficiency. You are almost there!
by KathyLauren
Wed Aug 12, 2009 12:10 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: self sufficiency an expensive hobby #2 ,or what do you do
Replies: 12
Views: 1287

Re: self sufficiency an expensive hobby #2 ,or what do you do

We are not nearly as self-sufficient as we want to be. We are starting to grow our own veggies. We did pretty well this season, and plan to expand the garden next year. We are vegan, which reduces our environmental footprint and makes food self-sufficiency more practical. We buy locally when we can....