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Heading Back to Eden

Diverging from the Going Off-Grid series, I thought an update on what I've been doing would be in order. I call it, "heading back to Eden". Show Notes: https://higher-octave.com/16

25 MIN2018 JAN 3
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Heading Back to Eden

Going Off-Grid – Reduce Electricity Needs 1

The costs of off-grid systems have come down over the years. However, solar power is still no small investment. But there are significant savings to be had by reducing our electric energy footprint. So, to put first things first, we’ll take a look at ways we can reduce electricity needs. This is the sixth episode of the Going Off-Grid series. To start at the beginning, go to episode 9,Going Off-Grid – Introduction. Show notes: https://higher-octave.com/15 Listen to the Podcast Replace Electrical Devices With More Energy Efficient Ones Lights One of the simplest and quickest ways to reduce electricity needs is to replace the old-style incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs with light emitting diodes (LEDs). LEDs have the following benefits: * Maximum Light Efficiency: In the last 5 years alone, LEDs have jumped from around 60 lumens per watt (lm/W) to certain products getting close to 150 lumens per watt. (Lumens per watt is a measure of efficiency, like miles per gallon in a car...

-1 s2017 OCT 18
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Going Off-Grid – Overview of My Home Solar System

In order to build more familiarity with off-grid solar systems, we take a high-level overview of my home solar system. House Cleaning Blog Subscription & Contact Forms Now Fixed You can subscribe to the Higher Octave blog -> HERE. You can contact me via the form -> HERE. Selecting a Homestead Location It’s been requested that I organize all the Selecting a Homestead Location episodes into one sweet little bundle of info. You can view that page -> HERE. This is the fifth episode in the Going Off-Grid series. To start at the beginning, go to episode 9,Going Off-Grid – Introduction. Show notes: https://higher-octave.com/14 Warning!!! All content of this podcast and/or blog is for educational purposes only. Use at your own risk. Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects involving electricity, construction and associated tools can damage equipment, void property insurance & product warranties, be dangerous and even fatal to yourself and others. Proper safety procedures should be followed at all ti...

-1 s2017 AUG 21
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Going Off-Grid – Overview of My Home Solar System

A Cord of Three Strands is Not Easily Broken

Much of the Higher Octave audience would consider themselves “self-reliant” or “self-sufficient”, or at least striving to be so. I, too, am in that camp. But a series of recent personal events has caused me to consider a balance to this approach to life. This episode is quite “off the cuff” and interrupts the Going Off-Grid series. But I felt compelled to share. Listen to the Podcast Show notes: https://higher-octave.com/13 And if someone overpowers one person, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not easily broken. ~Ecclesiastes 4:12,Holman Christian Standard Bible I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor? ~Mother Teresa There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother. ~Proverbs 18:24,New Living Translation All will concede that in order to have good neighbors, we must also be good neighbors. That applies in every field of human endeavor. ~Harry S. Truman Pride makes us...

-1 s2017 AUG 15
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A Cord of Three Strands is Not Easily Broken

Going Off-Grid – Simple Inverted System

How do we get our typical household 120 VAC current from a 12-volt battery? Let’s take a look at a simple inverted system which provides that function. Warning!!! All content of this podcast and/or blog is for educational purposes only. Use at your own risk. Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects involving electricity, construction and associated tools can damage equipment, void property insurance & product warranties, be dangerous and even fatal to yourself and others. Proper safety procedures should be followed at all times. YOU take full responsibility for your actions. I take NO responsibility for any results of your actions or lack thereof. Do your own due diligence! Listen to the Podcast In the previous episode, Basic System with a Battery,there were a few limitations/problems: * It required a voltage-matched solar module * With a larger solar panel, it was subject to overcharging the battery once the battery was fully charged * A higher-voltage PV module would over charge the battery...

-1 s2017 AUG 10
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Going Off-Grid – Simple Inverted System

Going Off-Grid – Basic System with a Battery

When we rely on solar power for our off-grid system, how can we have power when the sun isn’t shining? Let’s take a look at a very basic system with a battery. This is the third episode in the Going Off-Grid series. To start at the beginning, go to episode 9,Going Off-Grid – Introduction. Listen to the Podcast Let’s jump right into the video… Going Off-Grid – Basic System with a Battery – Video Portion Our New Configuration Now we add a 12-volt deep cycle battery to our previous setup, which included a small 12-volt nominal (18.8 volt maximum) solar panel trickle charger directly connected to a 12-volt fan. Diagram The schematic for this configuration is still very simple: In the last episode I oversimplified the concept of “pushing” electrons by the solar panel into the battery. Now that I’ve separated the negative and positive cables, we can now see a more accurate description of the charging process: The solar panel “sucks” electrons from the positive terminal of the ...

-1 s2017 AUG 9
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Going Off-Grid – Basic System with a Battery

Going Off-Grid – Most Basic Example

What is the simplest solar system? Let’s take a look at one. Though it will not take our entire house off-grid, we can get our feet wet as we work towards understanding off-grid systems. This is the second episode of the Going Off-Grid series. To start at the beginning, see the Introduction. Listen to the Podcast I’m anxious to dive into a very simple PV system, but first… How I Use Podcasts I’m a huge consumer of podcasts. They are an efficient way of utilizing some of the time I spend throughout the day. I can be mowing the lawn, gardening or building a solar array and still keep up with current events, educate myself on some new topic or just be entertained. However, podcasts have their limitations. They are largely audio-only. Though iTunes and other podcast directories support video files, it is still not practical to do video podcasts. And I Also Use YouTube If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth millions. That’s why I’m also a big user of YouTube. So, ...

-1 s2017 JUL 30
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Going Off-Grid – Most Basic Example

Going Off-Grid – Introduction

One of the most frequent questions I get is, “How do I go off-grid?”This is the first episode in a new series that will help YOU answer that question. Listen to the Podcast I’m no renewable energy expert. I’m not a certified electrician. I don’t even play one on TV. Does that seem like an odd way to start out a series that claims to help you to go off-grid? Well, I’ve taken two of my homes entirely off the electrical grid and built a few smaller systems. As a layperson, if I can do it, maybe you can do it, too. That being said… Warning!!! All content of this podcast and/or blog is for educational purposes only. Use at your own risk. Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects involving electricity, construction and associated tools can damage equipment, void property insurance and product warranties, be dangerous and even fatal to yourself and others. Proper safety procedures should be followed at all times. YOU take full responsibility for your actions. I take NO responsibility for any re...

-1 s2017 JUL 19
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Going Off-Grid – Introduction

Selecting a Homestead Location – Evaluating a Specific Property 2/2

This episode wraps up the series on Selecting a Homestead Location. Evaluating a specific property is key to getting your ideal homestead location. To get the most out of this episode or others in this series, I suggest you go back and start at the beginning, Core Values. Listen to the Podcast Evaluating a Specific Property’s Utilities * Water rights. Some states and localities greatly restrict your ability to collect water from creaks, ponds, wells and even rainwater. Here’s an example: State Rainwater Harvesting Laws & Legislation * Water * Sewer * Electric * Phone: If you are in a remote area and mobile service is weak or seemingly non-existent, Wilson makes a number of different boosters that can dramatically improve your reception. I used one in Idaho and currently use one here in the Talladega National Forrest. Make sure you select one that is suitable for your service provider and situation: Wilson Mobile Signal Boosters. * Internet: In remote areas, satellite may be your o...

-1 s2017 JUL 8
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Selecting a Homestead Location – Evaluating a Specific Property 2/2

Selecting a Homestead Location – Evaluating a Specific Property 1/2

When selecting a homestead, evaluating a specific property is where the rubber meets the road. So far, you have invested time and effort into: * Core Values * Counting the Costs * Choosing a Region * Finding Your Property When evaluating a specific property, that work can now begin to pay off. Listen to the Podcast Good, but inexpensive property goes fast. If you have applied the steps provided in this series, you should be familiar enough with the market to recognize an opportunity. This will enable you to move on it quickly before your competition snatches it up. Tools for Evaluating a Specific Property * GPS – Here’s my favorite on Amazon:Garmin Nuvi 67LM 6-Inch GPS Navigator * Pen, paper & folder * Camera – Not the cheapest, but awesome:Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera * Compass – This cheap one works just fine:Levenhuk DC45 Compass * Measuring tapes (100’ & 16/25’) – This is the handiest tape measure:Komelon SL2825 Self Lock 25-Foot Power Tape. And this is my goto 1...

-1 s2017 JUN 13
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Selecting a Homestead Location – Evaluating a Specific Property 1/2

Latest Episodes

Heading Back to Eden

Diverging from the Going Off-Grid series, I thought an update on what I've been doing would be in order. I call it, "heading back to Eden". Show Notes: https://higher-octave.com/16

25 MIN2018 JAN 3
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Heading Back to Eden

Going Off-Grid – Reduce Electricity Needs 1

The costs of off-grid systems have come down over the years. However, solar power is still no small investment. But there are significant savings to be had by reducing our electric energy footprint. So, to put first things first, we’ll take a look at ways we can reduce electricity needs. This is the sixth episode of the Going Off-Grid series. To start at the beginning, go to episode 9,Going Off-Grid – Introduction. Show notes: https://higher-octave.com/15 Listen to the Podcast Replace Electrical Devices With More Energy Efficient Ones Lights One of the simplest and quickest ways to reduce electricity needs is to replace the old-style incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs with light emitting diodes (LEDs). LEDs have the following benefits: * Maximum Light Efficiency: In the last 5 years alone, LEDs have jumped from around 60 lumens per watt (lm/W) to certain products getting close to 150 lumens per watt. (Lumens per watt is a measure of efficiency, like miles per gallon in a car...

-1 s2017 OCT 18
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Going Off-Grid – Reduce Electricity Needs 1

Going Off-Grid – Overview of My Home Solar System

In order to build more familiarity with off-grid solar systems, we take a high-level overview of my home solar system. House Cleaning Blog Subscription & Contact Forms Now Fixed You can subscribe to the Higher Octave blog -> HERE. You can contact me via the form -> HERE. Selecting a Homestead Location It’s been requested that I organize all the Selecting a Homestead Location episodes into one sweet little bundle of info. You can view that page -> HERE. This is the fifth episode in the Going Off-Grid series. To start at the beginning, go to episode 9,Going Off-Grid – Introduction. Show notes: https://higher-octave.com/14 Warning!!! All content of this podcast and/or blog is for educational purposes only. Use at your own risk. Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects involving electricity, construction and associated tools can damage equipment, void property insurance & product warranties, be dangerous and even fatal to yourself and others. Proper safety procedures should be followed at all ti...

-1 s2017 AUG 21
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Going Off-Grid – Overview of My Home Solar System

A Cord of Three Strands is Not Easily Broken

Much of the Higher Octave audience would consider themselves “self-reliant” or “self-sufficient”, or at least striving to be so. I, too, am in that camp. But a series of recent personal events has caused me to consider a balance to this approach to life. This episode is quite “off the cuff” and interrupts the Going Off-Grid series. But I felt compelled to share. Listen to the Podcast Show notes: https://higher-octave.com/13 And if someone overpowers one person, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not easily broken. ~Ecclesiastes 4:12,Holman Christian Standard Bible I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor? ~Mother Teresa There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother. ~Proverbs 18:24,New Living Translation All will concede that in order to have good neighbors, we must also be good neighbors. That applies in every field of human endeavor. ~Harry S. Truman Pride makes us...

-1 s2017 AUG 15
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A Cord of Three Strands is Not Easily Broken

Going Off-Grid – Simple Inverted System

How do we get our typical household 120 VAC current from a 12-volt battery? Let’s take a look at a simple inverted system which provides that function. Warning!!! All content of this podcast and/or blog is for educational purposes only. Use at your own risk. Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects involving electricity, construction and associated tools can damage equipment, void property insurance & product warranties, be dangerous and even fatal to yourself and others. Proper safety procedures should be followed at all times. YOU take full responsibility for your actions. I take NO responsibility for any results of your actions or lack thereof. Do your own due diligence! Listen to the Podcast In the previous episode, Basic System with a Battery,there were a few limitations/problems: * It required a voltage-matched solar module * With a larger solar panel, it was subject to overcharging the battery once the battery was fully charged * A higher-voltage PV module would over charge the battery...

-1 s2017 AUG 10
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Going Off-Grid – Simple Inverted System

Going Off-Grid – Basic System with a Battery

When we rely on solar power for our off-grid system, how can we have power when the sun isn’t shining? Let’s take a look at a very basic system with a battery. This is the third episode in the Going Off-Grid series. To start at the beginning, go to episode 9,Going Off-Grid – Introduction. Listen to the Podcast Let’s jump right into the video… Going Off-Grid – Basic System with a Battery – Video Portion Our New Configuration Now we add a 12-volt deep cycle battery to our previous setup, which included a small 12-volt nominal (18.8 volt maximum) solar panel trickle charger directly connected to a 12-volt fan. Diagram The schematic for this configuration is still very simple: In the last episode I oversimplified the concept of “pushing” electrons by the solar panel into the battery. Now that I’ve separated the negative and positive cables, we can now see a more accurate description of the charging process: The solar panel “sucks” electrons from the positive terminal of the ...

-1 s2017 AUG 9
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Going Off-Grid – Basic System with a Battery

Going Off-Grid – Most Basic Example

What is the simplest solar system? Let’s take a look at one. Though it will not take our entire house off-grid, we can get our feet wet as we work towards understanding off-grid systems. This is the second episode of the Going Off-Grid series. To start at the beginning, see the Introduction. Listen to the Podcast I’m anxious to dive into a very simple PV system, but first… How I Use Podcasts I’m a huge consumer of podcasts. They are an efficient way of utilizing some of the time I spend throughout the day. I can be mowing the lawn, gardening or building a solar array and still keep up with current events, educate myself on some new topic or just be entertained. However, podcasts have their limitations. They are largely audio-only. Though iTunes and other podcast directories support video files, it is still not practical to do video podcasts. And I Also Use YouTube If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth millions. That’s why I’m also a big user of YouTube. So, ...

-1 s2017 JUL 30
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Going Off-Grid – Most Basic Example

Going Off-Grid – Introduction

One of the most frequent questions I get is, “How do I go off-grid?”This is the first episode in a new series that will help YOU answer that question. Listen to the Podcast I’m no renewable energy expert. I’m not a certified electrician. I don’t even play one on TV. Does that seem like an odd way to start out a series that claims to help you to go off-grid? Well, I’ve taken two of my homes entirely off the electrical grid and built a few smaller systems. As a layperson, if I can do it, maybe you can do it, too. That being said… Warning!!! All content of this podcast and/or blog is for educational purposes only. Use at your own risk. Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects involving electricity, construction and associated tools can damage equipment, void property insurance and product warranties, be dangerous and even fatal to yourself and others. Proper safety procedures should be followed at all times. YOU take full responsibility for your actions. I take NO responsibility for any re...

-1 s2017 JUL 19
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Going Off-Grid – Introduction

Selecting a Homestead Location – Evaluating a Specific Property 2/2

This episode wraps up the series on Selecting a Homestead Location. Evaluating a specific property is key to getting your ideal homestead location. To get the most out of this episode or others in this series, I suggest you go back and start at the beginning, Core Values. Listen to the Podcast Evaluating a Specific Property’s Utilities * Water rights. Some states and localities greatly restrict your ability to collect water from creaks, ponds, wells and even rainwater. Here’s an example: State Rainwater Harvesting Laws & Legislation * Water * Sewer * Electric * Phone: If you are in a remote area and mobile service is weak or seemingly non-existent, Wilson makes a number of different boosters that can dramatically improve your reception. I used one in Idaho and currently use one here in the Talladega National Forrest. Make sure you select one that is suitable for your service provider and situation: Wilson Mobile Signal Boosters. * Internet: In remote areas, satellite may be your o...

-1 s2017 JUL 8
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Selecting a Homestead Location – Evaluating a Specific Property 2/2

Selecting a Homestead Location – Evaluating a Specific Property 1/2

When selecting a homestead, evaluating a specific property is where the rubber meets the road. So far, you have invested time and effort into: * Core Values * Counting the Costs * Choosing a Region * Finding Your Property When evaluating a specific property, that work can now begin to pay off. Listen to the Podcast Good, but inexpensive property goes fast. If you have applied the steps provided in this series, you should be familiar enough with the market to recognize an opportunity. This will enable you to move on it quickly before your competition snatches it up. Tools for Evaluating a Specific Property * GPS – Here’s my favorite on Amazon:Garmin Nuvi 67LM 6-Inch GPS Navigator * Pen, paper & folder * Camera – Not the cheapest, but awesome:Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera * Compass – This cheap one works just fine:Levenhuk DC45 Compass * Measuring tapes (100’ & 16/25’) – This is the handiest tape measure:Komelon SL2825 Self Lock 25-Foot Power Tape. And this is my goto 1...

-1 s2017 JUN 13
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Selecting a Homestead Location – Evaluating a Specific Property 1/2
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