Self sufficient living promises long-lasting freedom from inflation, joblessness and crippling debt

Are you prepared for an economic crisis? Have you given any thought into what you could do to be more self-sufficient to support your family if the economy were to really crash? Have you ever found yourself unable to provide basic necessities for your family because of lack of employment or other economic issues? What happens when the basic qualities of life cannot be given to your family?In the past several years the economies in the United States, as well as areas of Europe, have greatly fallen. This downfall has affected almost every American citizen out there. With everything that has already happened in the economy and things that are beginning to happen, it is important to learn how to provide basic needs without being completely dependent on the economy.

Using Solar Panels on Economic CrisisBecoming self-sufficient for yourself and your family can provide you with a form of insurance, meaning you will be protected in more ways than one in the occurrence of an economic crash, or in the event a providing family member loses their income. In any way an economic crash could affect you, you will be able to bring food to the table and still provide the necessary basics your family needs to survive.

Self-sufficiency will protect you in several ways ranging from going hungry by managing your own garden to keeping warm in the winter with solar energy. Bills you once had before self-sufficiency will no longer be there to worry about nor will any slight inclination of not being able to feed your children/family members. Following steps to becoming self-sufficient will make you and your family less dependent on the economy and stress free in the event of a harsh economic crash.

There is no time like the present to become self-sufficient. Getting a head start will ensure that in the occurrence of an economic crash you are more than prepared to still provide and support yourself and your families. Do not waste any time. Get self-sufficient before it is too late.

How being self sufficient can help the environment

How being self sufficient can help the environment foodAlthough our planet is sending out clear signals for help, we continue to take its resources for granted. Our continued dependence on non-renewable fossil fuels is hurting the very environment we live in and enjoy. By being self sufficient, we can help the environment by providing for the basic necessities of food, shelter and water without any outside aid. Our ancestors, at one point, were totally self sufficient, living off the earth’s natural resources. We can learn to live this way again by changing the way we think and live, if we are willing to learn new skills. Being self sufficient can help the environment, if we focus on the five basic criteria mentioned below.  

Food: Being self sufficient, by growing your own food, can help the environment by eliminating the need for transporting food from other locations, which helps to save on the use of fuel and the resulting pollution from vehicle emissions. It also saves our planet from the air and water pollution that results from large scale use of herbicides and pesticides in food farming. If you don’t own land, a community garden is a great way to grow and harvest your own food. Composting is a great way to convert green and food waste into fertilizer that can be used to grow more food and reduces contribution to land fills.

How being self sufficient can help the environment shelterShelter: Being self sufficient by building your own home out of locally available materials like wood or clay can greatly reduce your carbon footprint on the environment, by saving on transportation and the resources utilized in the mining of exotic materials from far away places. Even if you do not have all the necessary skills to construct your own home, enlist the help of those in your neighborhood who have the required expertise.

Water: A rainwater catchment system is a great way to collect water from your roof into a storage tank that can supply water for all your household needs. In most places, rain water is in abundant supply, is relatively clean and can be used to wash the driveway or car, water gardens and supply water for toilets and clothes washers. Rainwater can also be used for drinking, but will need to be purified first. Being self sufficient in collecting and using rainwater can help the environment by reducing the pollution of seas and rivers that results from stormwater runoff into the urban drainage systems.

How being self sufficient can help the environment energyEnergy: Although installing solar panels can be an investment, they can help eliminate dependence on non-renewable fuels such as coal, and provide all the energy you will need for cooking, lighting, heating and providing electricity for your appliances. There are many other things you can do as well to conserve energy like using a clothesline instead of a dryer, switching to fluorescent, energy-saving light bulbs, switching off appliances when not in use and using cold water instead of heated water when possible.

Transportation: This is one of the biggest culprits in polluting our environment, but is also one of the easiest to resolve. If possible live close to your work place so that you can walk or bike to work instead of driving. If you do live far away, choose public transport or try car pooling. Other green options are Biodiesel, Ethanol, EV car, Hydrogen generator, Running your car on water, etc.

How being self sufficient can help the environment transportation

There are many advantages to self sufficient living, but none is greater than the benefits to the environment. Living independently in today’s world is not only possible but also necessary, as every individual contribution helps to reduce the human carbon footprint.

Secure your Future and Retirement. Be Self Sufficient.

solar panels secures your retirementLearning to be self-sufficient before retirement is a goal that many people have in mind. There are many different ways that a person can be self-sufficient.  One of the most popular ways to achieve this is by converting your house from electric to solar energy. While this may seem like a huge dent in your wallet at first, you will soon begin to see the savings add up monthly from not paying an electric bill. In time you will have more money then you did prior to converting. You can also achieve this by doing it your self. You can build your own solar panels and install your solar electric system which will save you hundreds of dollars.

Another way to become self-sufficient is to invest in starting a small animal farm. Having animals such as goats and cows are a great way to receive your milk while saving money in the future. Eggs, cheese, butter and honey are just some of the foods that are obtainable by owning your own animals that produce them. Taking the time and a little chunk of change can prove to significantly make your life as well as that of surrounding family members easier in the future.

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One of the most common methods of self-sufficiency today is simply growing your own garden. To start, seeds and other garden essentials are available in stores for just a few dollars each. At such a small cost you can grow hundreds of dollars’ worth of fruits and vegetables that is guaranteed to keep your family supplied for several months and sometimes longer if preserved. Once a fruit or vegetable has grown, simply save the seeds for the following season and replant for another year of bountiful fruits/veggies or better yet, clone your own plants which will make the growing process faster. There are many different vegetables that can be grown that you are likely to be using items from your garden everyday such as: potatoes, corn, tomatoes and many other food staples. You can also rely on sprouts.  By continuously maintaining a garden every year there is hundreds of dollars that will be saved by not having to purchase these items at a grocery store. If you are worry about space or extreme weather where you live, hydroponics it's the best answer to still grow your own food no matter the season neither if you have outdoor space for a garden or not.

While the idea of learning to be self-sufficient may seem terrifyingly costly, thinking about the money you won’t be spending in the years to come is enough to influence many people to jump on this train. Thinking about retirement you will find that you will be more at ease once the time comes knowing that you are readily prepared for keeping your families fed and warm all year round with self-sufficiency.

What Your Disaster Preparedness Emergency Kit can’t Miss

Food preparedness is something that many people do not know a lot about. In case of an emergency, (i.e. natural disaster) it can be handy to be prepared. A simple backpack stocked with key foods is the first step to achieving emergency preparedness.

Preparedness Food

An example to a key food that should be a staple in everyone’s emergency bag is the ER Food Bar. This bar will provide you with the minimum recommended calories that you need to survive if eaten according to package directions. These ER Food Bars are easy to store in even the smallest of places including a glove box of a car, backpacks and many other places. They are sustainable in extreme weather. These bars have a shelf life of 5 years and also come sealed in an airtight, watertight package to ensure optimal life expectancy.

This ER Bar can be eaten alone and does not give you the feeling of being thirsty upon consumption. Water does not need to be added to this meal to consume. One package of these bars is enough meals for three days. There are no added cholesterol or Trans Fats in these bars and each and every one contains vitamins and minerals recommended by the FDA. The taste of these bars is amazing as well, not that those other flavorless brands out there. Let us not forget the very affordable price tag on these amazing bars. There is not one reason why these bars should not be included in everyone’s survival kit.

Need more recommendation? These ER Food Bars are also one of the types used by the US Coast Guard! With that being said whether you are a newbie to emergency preparedness or are a harnessed veteran, you will quickly realize that ER Bars are the most important part of anyone’s emergency survival kit.

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Top 5 Reasons to be Self Sufficient

self sufficient livingA self sufficient existence is one that does not rely on any outside resources to provide for the needs of an individual or his family.

Self sufficient living is not just empowering for those who practice this kind of life style, but has far reaching benefits for future generations, as well as the environment we live in.

Here it's a list for the Top 5 reasons to live Self Sufficient:

#5 Securing your future

By being dependent on your own capabilities, you no longer have to worry about how you will pay the bills once you stop working. Self sufficient practices such as food farming, raising your own animals and generating your own power through wind and solar equipment, can help you to secure your future and lead a fulfilling retired life.

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#4 Preserving our environment

This is a great motivating factor for many people who choose self sufficient living over traditional lifestyles. Modern living is unnecessarily extravagant, and some wasteful lifestyles are destroying the very environment that we enjoy and take for granted. Self sufficiency in heating and cooling our home naturally, composting, reducing our dependence on coal, raising your own food, conserving water and relying on local community resources, can reduce our carbon footprint and help preserve our planet for future generations to enjoy.

#3 Economic crisis

As the earth’s population becomes increasingly dependent on limited resources, a large percentage of the population is migrating to bigger cities in search of  better opportunities. Overcrowding, poor access to amenities and increased competition for employment is leading to increased crime, pollution and the imminent threat of an economic collapse. Self sufficient living promises long-lasting freedom from inflation, joblessness and crippling debt.

#2 Preparedness in the event of a disaster

As climate changes poses serious threat to our planet and causes massive variations in weather cycles, an increasing number of people are choosing to lead self sufficient lives to help survive impending cataclysmic events. By being self sufficient and relying on our own capabilities, we can be prepared to protect ourselves and our loved ones in the event of a natural disaster such as an earthquake or a hurricane. Being self sufficient can also help us to survive other types of disruptive events such as terrorist attacks, military coups, war or any other global crisis.

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#1 CUTTING LIVING EXPENSES : SAVe MONEY!!!

This is one of the greatest benefits to self sufficient living and is relatively easy to incorporate into daily life. Living costs are affected by so many economic and social factors, that we are constantly fighting to try and save money in every aspect of our lives. Simple changes such as growing some of your own food, brew your own beer, using energy efficient light bulbs, repairing, reusing items of clothing and reducing dependence on non-renewable energy sources such as oil (bike or walk to work whenever possible) or using alternative fuel such as biodigestors, biodiesel , solar water heaters, can help save a considerable amount of money. Installing solar panels to reduce dependence on electricity, might be over your budget initially, but can result in huge energy savings in the long run.

How-To DIY: Natural/Passive Heating & Cooling Part 3

How-To DIY: Natural/Passive Heating & Cooling Part 3

The following how to overview on natural/passive heating and cooling is taken right from a guide I wrote on the subject available at www.agua-luna.com.

The History of Air-Conditioning

The Romans were the first that we know of to take advantage of the earth’s ability to heat and cool through its difference in temperatures. They built massive underground passive cooling aqueducts (today called Earth Tubes) by digging long trenches through their farm lands, lakes or ponds and barring or submerging clay pipes routed into the homes.

Most recently however, natural cooling was the norm for air-conditioning and refrigeration long before Freon was invented. Homes built in the Western United States for example, were specially located and constructed in micro climate locations with windows, doors and open spaces directed towards prevailing winds, made from high thermal mass earth elements such as brick, adobe, mud and rock. High rises and sky scrapers in major city’s such as New York, Chicago and San Francisco were originally built with deep windows preventing sun from directly shinning into the buildings as well as again taking advantage of high thermal mass materials, building walls thick.

Pioneers also took advantage of leathers natural ability to soak, hold and even wick water away, draping hides over windows and doors or flapped over an enclosed rock area. Kept moist with a slow drip, the leather would cause evaporative cooling to take place, creating air-conditioning and early refrigerators.

Quick note here, evaporative cooling is the tendency of the hotter dry air molecules to attach themselves to the wet cooler water molecules, instantly separating themselves from their liquid surroundings and releasing their heat while transforming to gas form cooling the environment.

During Egyptian times, springs, large indoor pools and fountains were used for both evaporative cooling and thermal mass collection cooling, not to mention the popular building style that we all know utilizing large blocks stacked in pyramids, which had incredible thermal mass properties; never mind how they moved the blocks during construction.

If we venture even further back through human history, we all know humans took up residency in climate controlled underground dwellings like caves and mounds. I get many clients and customers that want to become self sufficient and move off the grid, but “don’t want to live in a cave”. The fact is that if built correctly, cave or underground homes are more comfortable and cheaper to heat and cool then most cookie cutter homes that exist in suburbia today.

In our Mexico Hacienda we have a 10,000sqft underground home that maintains a constant 75ºF year round temperature, regardless of the fact that it’s above 110ºF everyday outside in the summer and 20ºF in the winter. This climate control is achieve for absolutely free, without the need for additional heating or cooling of any kind, natural or manmade, just by tapping into the earth’s thermal mass. $0 monthly fuel and utility costs, what could be better? Then there’s the earth’s insulation factor. With 300 foot thick walls, that’s like R19,000.

So why then did we abandon such extremely efficient methods?

Well, as our society “evolves” it feels the need to “improve” on old ways. We, as humans, think we can always build a better mousetrap then our predecessors. Strangely enough, history always repeats itself also, so we really only loop back on ourselves, merely reinventing the same mousetrap over and over again in the end.

We invent something, make it better, make it still better, replace that with a new invention, make that invention better, then realize that the first basic way was the best and go back to using it.

Where old practices such as bleeding or leeching patients were later thought as barbaric, doctors are now realizing to be more successful then “modern medicine”. They’re even starting to perform Shock Treatment (electroconvulsive theory) again. “Milk is good for you!” – “Milk is bad for you!” – “Milk is good for you!” “Alcohol is good for you!” – “Alcohol is bad for you!” – “Alcohol is good for you!” “Fats are good for you!” – “Fats are bad for you!” – “Fats are good for you!” “Red meat is good for you!” – “Red meat is bad for you!” – “Red meat is good for you!”

You see my point.

The “back to basic” movement always repeats itself, and the trendy term is currently experiencing an explosion of popularity in western countries, especially in countries such as Holland and Japan whom are simply just running out of farming land and thereby food supplies. Agricultural land used to grow crops to sustain the masses are being taken over by the growth of Super Cities, creating a need to go back to earlier times, acknowledging and incorporating old methods, again completing the loop. This means that many eastern and third world countries are finding themselves all of a sudden back in the trend, having never abandoned there traditional lifestyles all along.

Unfortunately the “advancement” of these technologies and the “evolution” of these humans only occur when there’s a problem such as high gas prices (the only time when renewable fuel interest grows, when gas prices drop so does the public talk on renewable fuels.) and don’t always come without their lessons, sacrifices and permanent scars.

When Freon was invented as a toxin substitute by Thomas Midgley, Jr in the 20th century, toxic gases such as ammonia, chloromethane and sulfur dioxide were then used as refrigerant. At the time Midgley and his peers weren’t aware that Freon itself was a toxin to our ozone layer, helping to eat an enormous hole into it. A nice gift from our predecessors for the generations to come.

On a side note, Freon also becomes a chemical weapon when heated to 400ºF. It converts to Phosgene gas commonly known as suffocating gas, made famous in World War I for its nostalgic smell of freshly cut grass, released just before killing its victims. Freon was later replaced with other “less harmful” hydrofluorocarbon based coolants such as R-134a in the 80’s which do not destroy the ozone, however they DO cause climate change by creating a haze like layer around the planet (the greenhouse effect), blocking the suns rays from shooting back out into space after bouncing off the earth, further heating the planet unnaturally (global warming).

Now let me address the people that like to call themselves Global Warming Non-believers. You’ve taken a stance based on a controversy that doesn’t exists or rather is non-debatable. Global Warming exists whether you believe in it or not, regardless of what Al Gore or The Inconvenient Truth says or doesn’t say. The difference is that we did not create Global Warming, but we are a rather large contributor to it. The fact is that the polar bear, whale, cute bunny rabbit, even the tree’s that you’re trying to save; all contribute to Global Warming. You see when everything dies, it releasing carbons and methane, both major causes of the greenhouse affect and Global Warming. So with or without humans Global Warming will exist. It’s a natural cycle and every planet goes through it into Global Cooling.

So again we must ask the question, “Why are we not abandoning these new “better” methods when there are older, and in fact better ways?”

The answer I believe lies in some of Darwin’s terms like “advancement” and “evolution”. I believe Darwin only had half the story right though (in this case the first half). Better fit is the theory of Human Deevolution.

Michael Cremo’s HUMAN DEVOLUTION: A VEDIC ALTERNATIVE TO DARWIN'S THEORY as well as Mike Judge’s Idiocracy both show overwhelming support for the theory that we’re in fact now evolving in reverse becoming dumber and dummer and domer (spelling intended).

In fact evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry from the London School of Economics says: “The human race will one day split into two separate species, an attractive, intelligent ruling elite and an underclass of dim-witted, ugly goblin-like creatures.”

To put my two cents in, I think that the goblin like underclass will dwarf the intelligent elite vastly in numbers. My theory seems to fit with what’s accruing today:

First off intelligent people tend to only mate with other intelligent people and the same with the ignorant or non intelligent people who tend to only I should say reproduce with other non intelligent people. Which they do greatly, bringing me to my second point:

Non intelligent people tend to have babies in AND out of wedlock. The promise of devotion seems to have no comprehensible meaning to them. While intelligent people to cheat as well seem to be a bit more careful in having offspring with their brother in laws, bubba down the street and their husband’s best friend.

Intelligent people also usually wait to have children in their life, always making excuses like when we finally own the house, or you just got the new job, or after we take that trip we’ve always wanted to take; always pushing it off, while the ignorant don’t care one way or the other whether they can afford children or even if they’re married or even know the other person.

Quantity is another issue; intelligent people tend to only have 1 or 2 kids, barley replacing their own numbers, while the “dim-witted” tend to have several, they just keep popping them out, 3, 4, 5, 6 it doesn’t much matter.

When will this happen? Curry says that the human race will have reached its physical peak by the year 3000 and begin its decent once again, completing the loop yet another time. So you still have ‘some’ time, but we’re not going to be getting any smarter unless things are changed.

Now since I’ve just insulted all of my readers intelligent or not in this lengthy explanation of why we abandon such extremely efficient methods, let’s get to taking the firs step in re-implementing them.

Check out the next part of the guide next week.

And don’t forget to pick up a copy Dan Martin’s newest book: Apocalypse, How to Survive a Global Crisis, available in bookstores now.

How-To DIY: Natural/Passive Heating & Cooling Part 2

How-To DIY: Natural/Passive Heating & Cooling Part 2

The following how to overview on natural/passive heating and cooling is taken right from a guide I wrote on the subject available at www.agua-luna.com.

How to Measure Hot and Cold

To be technically precise, I should mention upfront that the term “cold” has no definition of its own and is a truly false notion in the mind of all humans as well as the English language. The thought that cold is an object or a condition of the state of an object is in fact fake. For example, to say that you are cold is not true at all because cold is only the lack or loss of heat. So then in the strictest sense of the term, you can’t actually be cold, you’re just not warm.

Now most of you will swear that this isn’t right, that you ARE indeed cold, or something IS cold to the touch, especially those of you who hate the ‘cold’. Yet I assure you, all there is is heat. You in fact do have heat in your body when you profess to be cold, though it may be low. So you can’t say you’re cold, but I COULD say you’re warm. The object you’re touching also has heat, so you can’t say it’s cold, but again I could say it’s warm and I could then measure the heat in it with a thermometer, but you could not measure the cold. If you or it truly was cold and did not have any heat, you wouldn’t be alive or be able to touch it without loosing your entire hand.

Let me explain...

We measure and define cold as how much or rather how much an object lacks heat (how fast the atoms are moving) in any given space. For example if it’s 50ºF outside, one may say it’s cold outside, but this isn’t actually true. It’s actually 50ºF warm outside as 50º indicates that there is actually heat in the air, 50º worth. Personally if one really must prove that ‘cold’ does exists, I would say that anything at or below -459.67ºF (-273.15ºC) could be defined as cold, or rather heat is non existent. This is referred to as Absolute 0 or 0º Kelvin and in fact at this temperature there is still minute traces of heat present, however this heat is too small to continue molecular motion. In other words, all things stop at 0ºK. Now That’s Cold!

Humans on the other hand, feel or refer to being hot or cold based on temperate differences up or down from their base body core temperature of 98.7ºF. So if the outside ambient air temp is 99ºF we feel warm, if it’s 97ºF, we feel cool. Now you may say you still feel warm at 97ºF, and you may, but the body doesn’t feel warm, it’s just the mind, a personal preference if you will or it may also be that your clothes are insulating you and actually driving up your body temperature above 98.7ºF, creating a false notion.

You’ll know when the body feels warm or cool, when it initiates or stops the body’s cooling and warming process. This is triggered by any fluctuations of a fraction of a degree up or down from 98.7ºF, causing the speed at which calories are destroyed in order to raise body temperatures or to open sweat glands in the skin releasing water through the pores, cooling the skin down via evaporative cooling (Natural Cooling).

The human body is actually designed for colder temperatures more so then hotter. When ever I mention this fact in seminars, folks residing in cold climates or states that are currently experiencing their winter, rumble and moan, obviously sick of the cold; which is funny in itself… Have you ever noticed that during the winter everyone complains that it’s too cold and that they can’t wait until summer arrives? Then when the hot summer months come, they say it’s too hot and can’t wait until the winter comes. Back and forth back and forth. But to stop from being sidetracked, to prove the above statement is correct, we can conduct a simple verbal experiment:

Since the human body operates most comfortably at 98.7ºF, if a human was placed in say a 10ºF lower air temperature (90ºF) it wouldn’t feel too uncomfortable, some may even say ‘pleasant’, even though it’s ‘colder’ then our core temp.

Now say that same person was placed in 110ºF air temps (10ºF higher), he/she would start feeling very uncomfortable right off the bat.

20º differences? That would be 80ºF on the down side, which is very nice, we actually prefer 80ºF to our own warmer body temperature, which in itself should say something for how the body is designed for cooler temps, but let’s continue anyway…

120ºF on the up side? Not good. Organs inside the body actually start shutting down and we haven’t even gotten started yet.

30º? Which is 70ºF on the down side. Excellent, very comfortable indeed, but at 130ºF on the up side, the water in the body actually starts boiling, slow cooking the meat like a turkey in its own skin. Mmm Yummy!

For the sake of time let’s jump a bit to 50º differences. That would be 50ºF on the down side, a little cool but still not to bad, jacket time for most as opposed to immediate 3rd degree burns at 150ºF on the up side.

We can continue on down to 32ºF on the down side, where the skin experiences no real physical problem exposed in short durations, but on the high side of the spectrum, at 164ºF (65º fluctuations from body temp) the body is really really bad off now if you’re not already dead.

At 0ºF on the low side we can still survive with only 3rd and 4th degree frost bite. At 200ºF on the high side the human would die within seconds of exposure. See below table.

We’ve gone from minimal hot and cold fluctuations of body temperature to 100º differences in this verbal exercise and at each step of the it has been shown that the human body prefers the cold side above the hotter side when compared side by side.

So let’s here no more complaining about 50º temperatures, would you rather be in 150º weather?

So what can we do then naturally, to transform the outside ambient air temperatures to well below 98.7ºF in our home, in order to maintain the same comfort level as our reverse ATM machine (the AC) provides for us?

Actually, we don’t need to do anything. Miraculously enough the earth has already done everything for us, but most westerners don’t incorporate the earth into their homes and ignorantly think it’s crazy to do so. We’re always trying to fix something that isn’t broke and are arrogant enough to think that we know more then the earth or the creator do. For example, digging down just a few feet into the earth, provides temperature differences up or down of 10 degree from the outside ambient air and evaporative cooling accurse everyday all over the planet.

THIS is called passive heating and cooling and if you live in northern United States or Canada where winter temps get down to 0, you’d want to tap into the earths natural thermal warmth by installing a passive heating/cooling system a few meters down, bringing your homes temperature to a nice 70ºF. In Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, where temps average around 100ºF daily, we’d need only to install our passive heating/cooling system a few feet down to get our homes temp to around 70ºF.

Confused Yet?

Heat is transferred in 3 ways:

  1. Conduction, Is similar to radiation, where hot or cold atoms heat or cool other hotter or colder similar atoms, like rock to rock, however, the difference is that the atoms or objects need to be touching.
  2. Radiation, Or thermal radiation is an electromagnetic transfer of energy from one atom to another or one object to another. The 2 objects don’t need to be touching but rather travel on a wave as seen in microwaves, infrared waves or even light waves radiating from a light bulb.
  3. Convection, Is the transfer of heat by moving the heated molecules from one area to another, as seen when replacing cold water with hot water or by replacing the cold air in the room with hot.

Natural heating and cooling works well, because as mentioned in the above example, the soil or dirt reacts not only as an insulator, but as a thermal mass at the same time, continuously moving heat in or out (heating or cooling) in all 3 of the above listed ways.

Imagine an ice chest. The ice chest not only insulates itself, keeping heat or cold inside or outside of itself, but on a delay also absorbs heat and/or cold from the outside and storages it for several days for later use.

In this same way, the earth absorbs and storages the heat from the hottest part of the day and radiates it back out during the coolest part of the night with about a 12 hour delay. So if you were to dig down say a foot into the earth during the hottest hours of the day and measured the temperature with a thermometer, you’d actually be reading the temperature from the coldest hours of the previous night and vise versa.

All that’s left then is to (in its simplest form) turn on a fan and blow the cool air, for example, in during the hottest part of the day, while shutting the fan off at night, letting the earth dissipate its heat into the night sky during the coldest part of the night. In this way we get night time cold air, day and night for natural cooling or day time heat day or night, for natural heating. This process of incorporating the earths natural heating and cooling is called Thermal Mass Heating or Thermal Mass Cooling.

Before we start digging into the earth, designing and building passive systems, let’s discuss where these systems evolved from so we can understand their most basic functions as well as the physics behind them.

Check out the next part of the guide next week.

And don’t forget to pick up a copy Dan Martin’s newest book: Apocalypse, How to Survive a Global Crisis, available in bookstores now.

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How-To DIY: Natural/Passive Heating & Cooling

How-To DIY: Natural/Passive Heating & Cooling.

The following how to overview on natural/passive heating and cooling is taken right from a guide I wrote on the subject available at www.agua-luna.com.

Either you’ve just spent the last months constantly attempting to keep your home warm during the fridged winter months or you’ve battled endlessly trying to keep your home cool in this smoldering unending summer heat.

Or maybe still you’ve spent the last months be it summer or winter nice and comfortable, yet you’re dreading the end of the month when that $2,000.00 utility bill arrives. Either way one or the other is just around the bend and it’s now, once again, time to make the proper preparations to your new or existing home.

Why not stop the loosing battle now! Don’t repeat the endless mistakes of so many millions of Americans by simply adding more fuel to the furnace or burning more energy in that AC this year. Incorporate some form of FREE Natural or Passive Heating and Cooling in your home today!

Natural heating and cooling systems utilize Free passive and Natural methods in order to save YOU money and the planet heartache. In fact, it doesn’t really matter whether you are getting ready for winter or summer, since most of the natural heating and cooling systems I will be showing you how to build in the following chapters, not only protect your home from the upcoming heat, but the same methods will protect your home from the cold weather as well.

We all know that Air conditioners are probably the best method for keeping a home cool.  However we ALL also know that the quality and massive cooling properties of air-conditioning, doesn’t come without its downfalls… COST.

Air-conditioning units, especially central air-conditioners are VERY expensive to buy and install, and even cost more to maintain and run. Actually, most homes in the US don’t even have air-conditioning for this very reason and only a small percentage have central air-conditioning which come with a very large price tag indeed. It costs upwards above $20,000 to install central ACs in homes without existing central air conditioning installed.

Alternatively, folks that can’t afford such extravagant systems opt for window based models which are far cheaper, but lack greatly in their ability to cool large areas and require a much larger supply of electricity, resulting in skyrocketing monthly utility costs. Basically, what’s saved in the purchase and installation costs goes right out the window (literally) in utility bills.

Minisplit air-conditioning systems are a combination of central and window based technologies making a system more economic on the pocket book, while bringing the cooling power of a central system to the masses, however these products aren’t available widespread in the US as of yet.

Conversely, most homes do have heating systems, which is a problem within itself. Every year as coal, diesel, oil and wood are burned in home furnaces, millions of tons of Carbon Dioxide CO2 (which does not burn and is in fact a large percentage by weight of the fuel burnt) enters the earth’s atmosphere not only destroying the ozone layer but creating a greenhouse effect as well. This waste of resources is contributing to global climate change and you’re not only letting it, your paying for it as well. You’re actually paying for the majority of your heat (just like your cooling) to go right out the chimney, again literally.

FACT: The current heating and cooling systems in your home, uses far more energy than any other appliance in the building.

Air conditioners can use up to 1/6th of the electricity generated in the U.S. daily. On the hotter summer days, ACs actually consume over 43% of the United States peak power load and are frequently the cause of super grey or blackouts, often leaving not only entire cities but sometimes entire states or multiple states in the dark with not only no power but no type of cooling what’s so every.

Exactly like what occurred in 2003 in the north east United States. Refer to the below link and Image.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/08/15/national/main568422.shtml

Over 50 million people were left without electricity, and worse, without cooling systems of any kind when a single power plant experienced excessive draws due to air-conditioning overuse, triggering an overload shutdown process in itself starting a domino effect; which caused the shutdown of 265 additional power plants, 22 of which were nuclear. This in turn caused blackouts from New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio up into Canada. Street lights, all phone services including cell phones, TV, radio stations, internet, trolley’s, trains, airports, business, of course electricity, even water couldn’t be pumped to homes; all failed because of the blackout.

Funny outcome to this story though; for the first time since the East had become a major metropolitan area way back in the early 1900’s, residents were “surprised to see thousands of strange bright lights in the sky” (stars). Folks that had never left the city their entire life could, for the first time, see stars, only possible through the lack of light pollution in the region as well as air pollution and smog because the factories and power plants were offline as well.

According to the US Department of Energy, heating and cooling systems emit over a half billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year, contributing greatly to what we call for the lack of a better term, Global Warming or now referred to as Climate Change. They also generate about 24% of the nations' sulfur dioxide, a chief ingredient in acid rain. So it’s no wonder that having an entire region of one of the most densely populated and industrial countries in the world, shut down and offline for a week would clear up the night sky enough to give its inhabitants views of the celestial body’s.

We may laugh at the thought of people having never seen stars before in their life, but the story doesn’t have a great ending…

The blackout occurred on August 14th 2003 and lasted 5 days until August 19th when the last affected areas were back on the grid. Unfortunately because the temperature those days were over 95°F, and because the buildings were never built with natural heating or cooling in mind, in fact many buildings had windows that were designed to not open at all in the first place. This caused heat to build up quickly inside of these structures, turning bedrooms into instant furnaces, literally cooking many to death in their beds. Deaths were not only caused by cooling issues, several reports found deaths caused by fire due to the use of candles for lighting, heart attaches from having to climb several flights of stairs to reach apartments when elevators became non operational and food poisoning from rotten unrefrigerated meat. All of which could have been avoided with a few simple and cheap natural cooling fundamentals, added during the initial construction.

Natural cooling doesn’t need to cost a fortune, it doesn’t require any expensive retrofits or professionally installed systems what’s so ever, in fact, in most instances the consumer can implement natural heating and cooling modifications to their own home and cool or heat their home for free or very inexpensively, while causing less or no impact to the environment as well as their pocket books themselves.

You’re probably wondering now, ‘What exactly is natural heating and cooling anyway?

Natural or Passive heating and cooling methods employ the sun to work both as a heating agent warming your home during the cold months, eliminating the need for extra or traditional indoor heating; and a cooling agent during the warmer months, cooling the home drastically, when the sun is at it’s hottest.

Surprised? Sounds like a contradiction in physics right? Wrong, in fact physics, more specifically, thermal dynamics, is exactly what allows the sun to actually cool your home so much, that the need for additional cooling or air-conditioning isn’t needed at all. But we’ll talk more about that later.

Most folks think that the term ‘passive’ means or relates to solar power. Although some passive heating and cooling systems do and can incorporate direct solar interaction or gain, it’s not necessary to carry out passive or natural cooling and heating with direct sun light. Rather natural cooling and heating focuses more on how the building is designed, the direction it’s facing, its location, the material it’s made with, and the incorporation of indoor and outdoor heating or cooling blocking or reflecting medias and techniques.

Check out the next part of the guide next week.

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