[permaculture] 'Can someone turn the heat down' of Greece ;-)
kfinigan at spots.ca
Mon Jan 26 18:55:59 EST 2004
Glad to hear you are warm and safe!
A few ideas (may not apply because of your site / slope, etc):
- first: finish weatherproofing /insulating the building...less heat loss
means less heat to generate - build a second "skin" for the house if you
- attach an animal shelter to the north side of the building, providing an
additional "air lock" from the wind and a source of body heat for the house;
- I second Sharon's wind-to-energy idea...it may be possible to
use the wind for a mechanical purpose as well(e.g. grain milling, water
pumping) with a residual "waste heat" for the house...
- air source or ground source heat pump (of course, these rely on
electricity, but they leverage the electrical power into more heat
than an electric resistance heater can provide generally about a factor of
5 to 6);
- use white reflective surfaces / a pond on the ground to the south of the
building to "concentrate" as much winter sunlight as possible;
- coppice fast growing trees/shrubs for wood supply;
- use a "Russian stove" or "Kacheloffen" (large thermal mass stove with long
internal exhaust flue from the fire). I know a house here (winter design
temperature -33 celsius, -28 celsius as I type) of about 2400 sq ft that is
heated by solar gain and one small fire per day in an oven like this - you
can also use it to bake;
- recover any heat leaving your building including from bathwater drains;
- for cooking, use a haybox to preserve heat.
- if none of this is workable, start looking further from the house:
is there a stream nearby to make electricity to bring back to the house?
is there a sunny place where you can put tubing with glycol inside and have
the heated glycol rise by gravity (or a small solar pump) to the house where
you can use the heat?
- as a last resort, consider bringing in a propane cylinder and stove for
I hope these help/make sense (if I saw the land, I might not even mention
some of these but alas I cannot see it, so...)
Kelly Finigan, M.Sc. P.Eng. Permaculture Designer
~ Sustainability consultant & ecological designer ~
744 - 4 Street NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1P2
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