Friday, August 19, 2011

Passive cooling. The sun shades keep the sun from penetrating into the house now that it is moving lower in the sky. In the winter it will keep the earthship toasty but now, in August, with outside temps of 90 degrees we can do without the heat. The shades hang on cuphooks and will be taken down as soon as it starts getting chilly.

Sun shades and zuchinni.

Very Cool Solar

A thirteen-year-old used Fibonacci sequence to optimize a solar array. Very cool.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Great Walk

Left the earthship with Chaco at 9:30 this morning for a walk and walked up the road. Round trip walk was a little over an hour. In that time I passed no houses and saw 6 people, 4 dogs, and 2 trucks. All the people I saw were people I like, all neighbors, the dogs, too. Life on the edge is grand.

We are now in the cold season in the earthship. As the sun is higher in the sky it doesn't penetrate further than the gray water planters so  the house doesn't heat up. Nice in July but chilly in April. We are trying to get the in-floor solar powered radiant heat to work but having pump issues.

All in all life is good.