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Modern Prefab Home Weighs In On Water

Living off grid in the modern prefab home, I think about water, a lot. It's seems like it's been weeks since it's last rained, so I was grateful this weekend brought intermittent showers. I was starting to wonder about what our cistern level might be like...!

I am now happily listening to the pitter patter on the south galvalume roof of our modern prefab home- pitter patter/ pitter patter- OH JOY the sweet song of rain sings to me!  It might be messy outside, but I'm inside, cozy in my energy efficient prefab home.
Our rainwater cistern holds 1,700 gallons. That sounds like a lot, and our family is extremely water conscious; but the average family 'round here uses a lot of water:

Pie chart showing indoor water usage. Shower: 16.8% Toilet: 26.7% Faucet: 15.7% Clothes washer: 21.7% Leaks: 13.7% Other: 5.3%
Pie chart showing indoor water usage.
Shower: 16.8% Toilet: 26.7

"Americans use large quantities of water inside their homes. The average family of four can use 400 gallons of water every day, and, on average, approximately 70 percent of that water is used indoors.

The bathroom is the largest consumer of indoor water. The toilet alone can use 27 percent of household water. Almost every activity or daily routine that happens in the home bathroom uses a large quantity of water."

So the average family would run through our cistern within the week!

Growing up a sailor, we had mandatory 5 minute showers when we showered at the sailing club.  You learned to turn the shower on... and promptly off. On, then off to soap up, then on for a quick but thorough wash.

Looking back, I think that my childhood sailing on the Chesapeake Bay prepared me well for living off grid...
Free range chickens photobombing the prefab...

But most people were not raised wild, pirating the bay, unattended.
Here's a neat gadget I saw this week that might prove useful for those not so aware of  their water:

With our composting toilet, we also eliminated a large portion of average water waste, 26.7%. But the composting toilet is not an *ideal* solution- it's so fickle in its functionality... and not ideal for tight envelope homes.  But it works, and we've learned tons of tricks to make it as invisible as possible.

As... possible.

Diiiiiiinner tiiiiiime!
Interior shot of the off grid prefab home.

Focusing on the bathroom, Handsome Husband got busy and installed an on-demand heater to boost the solar hot water temperatures in winter this weekend. Yessssssssssssss.

This might not seem a big deal to you. But when you live off grid, on minimal systems, and your solar hot water in a cold, overcast week falls to about 70 degrees, that boost in temperature is critical, while being energy efficient!

November continues, interestingly.
The weather was cold, then warm. I appreciated the wood cook stove when it was cold and in the 20s- the energy efficient SIP of the prefab kept us warm, warm, warm.

Some of our family do not live indoors, however, and blankets were donned:

And then, warm again suddenly, blankets undonned. : )
L.C. giving a "thumbs up" on a great lesson.

Preparing dinner with local food.
Scaffolding mess in the background. Ignore it.

And at the off grid modern prefab house, rifle season began.

This is good, and bad. Bad because there are reckless hunters here who give hunters a bad name, and good because the deer population is carefully thinned by those who are responsible, know their particular deer herd, and, while benefiting the ecosystem, also thus help fill their family's freezer.

In this case, M. had studied the herd, noted that a young buck had genetic issues, and with one careful shot, as it should always be, took him out.  
She said she was grateful to, as a teen, start helping fill her family's freezer while culling the herd responsibly.
Pipsqueak 2, practicing her archery...
It's their thing, along with play acting,
drawing, chicken hugging,
dog "training," and bb guns.
I just let them outside and they do... whatever.
Speaking of activities, Pipsqueak 2 has begun a comic and named it Bad Pony.
It's all about an ill-behaved cartoon pony who is always fighting with its author and creator, the illustrator, who then foils the bad pony's demeanor.
I present: Baaaaaaad pony.
In this episode, a demanding pony gets, er, hitched by the author.

Pop whole apples into that cookstove oven. Let 'em rest, slow cooked, until they're baked, then you can easily now peel off the skin (tough and unflavorful, yet the skin held the moistness within as it baked), sprinkle lightly with cinnamon, and serve hot and comforting to the childrenz. Mmmmm that's some comforting goodness.

Reading Club:
    • Science for kids, by kids! (Thanks to my friend Bonnie for sending this in!)

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