yes, I agree. You sleep somewhere over Lapland and wake up over Sikhote Alin mountains
by the way, I have a friend there in Sikhote Alin mountains
he is a monk and lives in the forest
once he called me to his house deep in the forest, showed the nature around
absolutely unforgettable experience. There are actually people who are sort of hermits in the forest, live without much contact with the outer world and make their living off forest and selling wild ginseng roots sometimes
@andy256, rode a bus from Narita to home today and was overwhelmed by the whole shower of contrasts around. It is so weird - huge city, monstrous concrete giant, wild, subtropical vegetation directly on this concrete, old woman in kimono walking on the street, 1970-ties taxis around, super modern structures just next to it all.
Also, if you're not in the ATA now, joining gets you access to back issues of Renew magazine which has quite a few articles on conversions. But mostly I'd say find the car nuts and talk to them. Well, let them talk to you.
they do useful stuff, they have a lot of consumer magazine style reviews and dirty great spreadsheets for various sustainable technology things. So if you're looking at a new fridge it's worth checking their reviews and charts as well as your local consumer organisation, because ATA will tell you more about power consumption and performance
also, you being in the USA you can get a SunFrost fridge much more cheaply than we can.
it's kind of sad that in the whole world there is only one company making domestic fridges designed primarily for efficiency. Sad because there's only one, and because so few people buy fridges with that criteria.
Part of the problem here is they don't meet the Australian standard "cool a car load of groceries from 30°C to 4°C in 4 hours", because they have a tiny little compressor that's ridiculously efficient but is designed to work with the very insulated box so its peak power output is low. But that means they can't be sold here, each buyer has to import their own.
so renters have to shift those things round. Which is not good for the machines, and is also a PITA. But then, rental property whitegoods tend to be very low quality. We even have special "rental grade" hot water heaters... cheap to buy, reliable, but very inefficient so they cost a bomb to run.
A dishwasher and on-site laundry are pretty much dealbreakers for me. Laundry doesn't have to be in the unit, but I'm not loading all my clothes on my bike and galavanting around town anytime I need clean clothes.
@Mσᶎ are there seriously rentals that don't even come with a water heater??
Around here an increasing number of landlords get good efficient appliances, then advertise "energy efficient home" and charge way more on the rent. They probably end up more than making their money back on the initial investments, and there's enough of us sustainability types that there's a market for it.
@Mσᶎ see just use cold or warm water instead of hot for laundry. Works fine.
we had a big win in Melbourne when we rented a house that had decent insulation and thermal drapes, but horrid coloured carpet... so the rent was cheap. Now we're trying to buy, it seems to be the same. People will pay extra for built in air conditioning, but not for the insulation that makes air conditioning unnecessary.
Unfortunately that makes it very hard to find a house with decent insulation.
Usually little 20-50W panels with SLA's to do lighting and phone charging.
But increasingly bigger systems to run laptops and low-power electronics for community services.
It's as much about providing expertise as the hardware, Timor is third world but not abject poverty. The problem is that there's not enough money to make an import business profitable (little country). We shall not discuss foreign aid.
I am looking at our ecohutch being off grid, because I expect we will use less than 10kWh/day, making a 3kW system quite usable and that's about $10k all up. Or about $4k for grid-interactive with no storage. Feed-in tarrif here is 8c/kWh and falling, so it's arguable whether it's worth doing at all. Luckily no "you must grid connect" laws here (yet?).
When we're looking at over $1/day in connection charges plus $500-odd to get the connection certified, connecting starts to look less attractive. There will be much mathematics done before we get to that point, though.