5 MORE AWESOME ENERGY SAVING TRICKS WORTH SHARING!
As promised from yesterday’s post, here are 5 more Cool Energy Hacks for Off Grid Living or for whenever you simply need to unplug and enjoy nature. For even more energy saving tips, visit our page: http://www.electricsaver1200.com/bills/how-to-reduce-electric-bill/
Just because you’re roughing it doesn’t mean that you need to smell like a caveman. Washing clothes isn’t impossible by hand, but this electricity-free machine makes it much easier.
A new electricity-free washer that is powered by a foot pedal could be just what people wanting to move farther off the grid have been looking for.
The Yirego Drumi is 22 inches tall and spins a small load of clothing, water and detergent in the interior ball drum when the pedal is pumped. It can accommodate six to seven pieces, or 5 pounds, of clothing at a time, which keeps it from being a good substitute for a family of four, but it would be suitable for a couple living in a tiny home, camping trips, college students or anyone looking to run their machine less.
It would also come in handy during power outages or when you’re trying to avoid running a load until you have enough to fill your machine.
Need something more portable? No problem. The Scrubba wash bag can easily clean your clothes on the go.
Weighing less than 145g (5 oz.), the Scrubba wash bag is the lightest and most compact “washing machine” in the world.
With about 2 gallons of water and 5 minutes of your time, you can have clean clothes without using a single ounce of electricity. It’s brilliantly simple and effective.
Lighting usually isn’t all that hard to manage. But what if you ran out of batteries? Well, there are plenty of hand-powered flashlights, but there is a more clever solution to the problem.
In a lot of ways, the GravityLight’s elaborate system of pulleys and weights do the same job as an old timey water wheel: harness the power of something up high moving downward. Users start by hoisting a 25-pound weight into the air by pulling on a cord. When released, this weight slowly descends back to the ground. “This movement powers a drive sprocket,” the company’s website explains, “which rotates very slowly with high torque (force). A polymer geartrain running through the product turns this input into a high speed, low torque output that drives a DC generator at thousands of rotations per minute.”
DIY Portable Solar Charger
When you’re living off grid, at some point you’ll need to be able to generate your own electricity (unless you really enjoy roughing it). Here’s a great and economical solution for solar power that allows you to have access to electricity even while on the move.
Want to build your own portable solar power generator to take with you on camping trips or for use in an emergency? It’s easier than you think. Goal Zero’s version of this cost over $400 and doesn’t include any solar panels! Depending on what you include yours will cost under $150 by buying inexpensive parts from Amazon.com.
DIY Wind Generator
While solar is the “go-to” for most off grid electricity needs, some areas don’t have a whole lot of direct sunlight. Wind power is a good alternative that can produce just as much electricity as solar. Professional wind turbine installations can cost thousands of dollars, but with a little handiwork, you can have your own, effective installation on the cheap.
The turbine uses the ~40% mechanically efficient Lenz2 lift+drag design. It is made entirely from scrap materials except for the bolts and pop rivets, and should cost about $15-$30 for the three vane version, which can be made by one person in six hours without much effort.
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