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Zimmy's grid tie solar and wind

Zimmy's off grid home in the snowSince our own solar experiments are so low-key at the moment, I thought you might enjoy hearing from one of our regular readers who has built an extensive grid tied solar and wind alternative power system.  Zimmy and his wife live in a 1974 mobile home (14 X 60 feet):

...but [it] is no longer mobile.  We had a basement built underneath and a gable roof put over the metal roof.  Like most older mobile homes, the insulation was 3 1/2" in the walls, 6" in the floor, and 6" of fiberglass in the roof.  So that would be R11 in the walls and R19 in the roof and floor.

Solar panel on Zimmy's homeI was intrigued to hear more about Zimmy's project since we live in a similar trailer (although ours is a third smaller and a decade older.)  We thoroughly approve of starting out with a living situation that is as cheap as possible, then improving the efficiency of your space over time.

Mobile homes are usually barely insulated, but Zimmy proved that you can turn even an old model into an efficient and beautiful living space.  This week's lunchtime series follow's Zimmy's journey to insulate his home and then provide a good proportion of his own power.

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This post is part of our Energy Efficient Mobile Home lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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