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When I was a kid, my grandparent's farm out by Fay, OK had nothing but a swamp cooler for summertime. It had a hose connected to a water line that kept dripping cold well water down the outside radiator of the unit. Actually was quite cool inside with that thing blowing.
Living off the grid might sound great, even romantic, and idealistic - but from first hand experience of having visited "off the gridders" out there in the HOT DESERT - you can't run a chilled air unit AKA air conditioning. It gets bloody damn hot out there as most can testify and even with insulation, fans, etc. - it's still damn hot. It is expensive living off the grid and a lot of maintenance - things break - especially when there are wild fluctuations with extreme temperatures. Off the grid appliances, typically DC units, are expensive. Batteries, solar panels, water catchment systems, etc. I for one appreciate the modern conveniences of the 21st century - especially chilled air. Best invention ever made. I'd rather live on the grid and consume power that was generated responsibly and greenly from wind, nuke, thermal, hydroelectric, etc.
He is still in process of building up his water catchment. He has another dam to build to capture more water He recently bought more tanks to hold water. It is coming together about as fast as one man in terribly hot weather can get it. Earlier on he had to purchase drinking water for consumption. He and I have had a few emails and follow each others blog. It is fun watching him build from in my air conditioned trailer from reading his blog.
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