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7/18/16

Net Zero Passive Solar Prefab House Is Hot When It's 106 But Solar Is Working Great!

At the off grid modern prefab house we employ passive solar design and basic cooling techniques but yes: welcome to the south! When it feels like 106 outside, yes, even in the well insulated modern prefab house it is, mid-afternoon, hot. 

That means activity is in the morning, naps in the afternoon, and cooling off with water- from the creeks deep in the woods, to a trip to Holliday Lake.

At the off grid prefab house, we love solar!

Locally, our rural county (which doesn't even have a traffic light! Not a one in the entire county!) is thinking on solar, and solar farms.
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Monday, July 11:  A joint public hearing regarding zoning for solar energy uses is scheduled for 7 pm on Monday, July 11th.

The current zoning ordinance has no section for solar energy.  Virginia has begun to encourage increased used of solar energy: specifically, the last legislative session made commercial solar locations property-tax-free.  With this incentive in place, there is increased commercial interest for solar locations in rural areas.  The Planning Commission has looked at other rural counties to see what regulations they are proposing."

Back on the bay, to my dismay, when the Middlesex Water Authority didn't get the number of water line subscribers they wanted, they are now "considering" taking out a TEN MILLION DOLLAR LOAN.
"The Water Authority has been offered an initial funding package from the Virginia Department of Health’s Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund consisting of a low interest loan in the amount of 10.2 million at 2.65% for 30 years and has until July 24th to accept the loan package."

In 30 years, where the average elevation on the point is 0'-10', where will these properties be? Is this a responsible economic decision (I'm assuming this ten MILLION dollar loan is being taken out on the entire county not just the few near-sea-level properties?)? I see no jobs created. I fear it will further burden and add risk to local families here, where the median household income is $36,000...
It's hot on the bay, too. I'm clearly cranky.
In the 150+ year old In-Town Ramshackle, we have one window unit to bring the edge off, and even then fear setting it below 80 as the electric wiring is almost as old as the house.

WELCOME TO THE SOUTH, The Ramshackle employs the same passive solar tricks for staying cool as the modern net zero prefab house.
Check out the 150+ year old passive solar features.
In the south, things sloooooow down in the afternoon in heat.

Reading Club:
  • Y'all. Yer eating phony food.
    "...Some of the most common additives to olive oil are soybean and peanut oils, which can prove fatal to anyone allergic — and you’ll never see those ingredients on a label. Beware, too, of olive oil labeled “pure” — that can mean the oil is the lowest grade possible.
    ...
    In terms of scope and scale, there’s an even greater level of fraud throughout the seafood industry. 'Imagine if half the time you pulled into a gas station, you were filling your tank with dirty water instead of gasoline,' Olmsted writes. 'That’s the story with seafood.'"
  • If you are in San Francisco, there is an opportunity to meet the amazing artist Tom Chambers and hear him talk! Aaaaaand you might recognize a certain Pip on that gallery wall...
P.s. I have a great new app. You might need it, too. 

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