AIR 403 + small is beautiful
Wisdom demands a new orientation of science and technology toward the organic, the gentle, the elegant and beautiful.”
This is our AIR 403 wind-generator. Producing 400 Watts @ peak wind, that is small indeed. However, along with solar and water power, it is (was) well matched to help run our 14 – 2 watt LEDs lights, numerous older 13 watt CFL’s, and the computer and satellite dish I’m writing from.
We are electrically independent from the power grid, and on the stormy days I head to town I’m surprised if I come upon no lights and power. On my previous post entitled Believe love relax live – and climate change? (click here) I wrote about a weather event where we became stranded, and other folk around the North Island became powerless.
What I didn’t tell you is what lead me to link that event, to my photo story of our rustic stay in Billingsly Lodge and Retreat, Idaho.
I now confess that it was my reading of another bloggers description of her families experiencing a recent snowstorm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the USA . . .
As the old adage says, give credit where credit is due.
The blogger I refer to, Jackie, has achieved a B.A. in Geology from Yale and a M.S in Natural Resources Planning. She lives on “ten acres” with “four chickens, two kids, and one (really) old house.” The cast also includes her husband “the outdoor and home renovation guru.” – (paraphrased from Jackie’s about page).
Growing Our Green Beans is a wonderful and practical blog, and the recent post of March 21 entitled Power Outage; Water, Heat, Food, Light (click here), outlines what to do and what you need when the power goes out . A particular tip unknown to many people is #2) Have a non-cordless phone (the old-style) to plug in that doesn’t need electricity. The March 20th post details Power Outage Living: Using a Small Generator (click here). The March 19th post which originally inspired and reminded me of some of our own weird weather events, was 5 Days Without Power (click here).
Thanks for some great posts, Jackie! A recent gem discovery & one of the “Blogs I’m Inspired By”.
This was a sad day – March 4th – 2011
After crucifixion in a recent violent windstorm, the Air 403 now lays (on a shelf on our shop), waiting for resurrection.