Category Archives: sustainability

Testing today

So last night I upgraded my inverter, a change I had to make due to my refrigerator change. So let me back up a bit. I had a dorm size mini fridge I had bought off Craigslist. The fridge worked fine when I used it in the van, but the compressor never stopped running. It was just really old. So I replaced it with a newer more efficient refrigerator. I choose the BLACK+DECKER BCRK25V Compact Refrigerator Energy Star Single Door Mini Fridge with Freezer, 2.5 Cubic Ft., VCM – https://amzn.to/2syL6pH. It is running great, but I ran into one problem when I got it. My inverter was under powered to run it. I ordered a new inverter, the Cobra CPI 880 800 Watt 12 Volt DC to 120 Volt AC Power Inverter with 5 Volt USB output – https://amzn.to/2xLws3d. I got a deal on a refurbished one. I last night I had a chance to switch out the inverter, I plugged the fridge in and it ran great. So I shut it down and planned to do some testing today. My house battery bank was at 13.1 volts when I parked here at work this morning. Just took a walk out to van over lunch, the house batteries are now at 13.7 and the fridge is ice cold. Everything is running on the solar panels and a surplus of energy is being produced.

Next round of testing will be to see how long the inverter and fridge and run with now power being supplied by the solar panels.

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Solar Panel Wiring (so easy)

I know it has been a long time coming, but here it is. The wiring video of the WindyNation 200 watt solar panel kit is done and up on YouTube. The process really was pretty straight forward and easy. The hardest part really was waiting on the warm Wisconsin weather. Coming soon will be the really cool windy screens I made for the CamperVan and the second day of our Key West trip (Greenville and our drive there).

Solar Finally Going On!

Over the weekend, we got a ton of stuff done and it was warm enough to wire in the solar panels. That video will be coming soon. But here is the video for installing the WindyNation 200 watt solar panel kit. Sorry, it took so long I had some camera issues to over come.

You can find it on my YouTube channel.

WindyNation 200 Watt 12V or 24V Solar Panel Kit w/ Adjustable Solar Mount Rack and LCD Charge Controller RV, Cabin, Off-Grid Battery

Such a nice day out!

I can’t believe it has been more than a year since I have posted. So much has happened and I didn’t even share. For those that don’t know I have been building out a CamperVan. I got a Dodge B3500 Cargo van, it is rough, but getting there. I did quite a bit last spring and summer with the conversion. You can find those videos on my YouTube channel. And I have taken it to Nashville, Chattanooga, and New Orleans. Lots planned for the up coming year. Soon I will be off to the Florida keys. But much to do in getting ready.

Here in Wisconsin it has been so cold and my project list is full. My solar panels are here and ready to go on the van as soon as it is warm, I also want to put a new deck on top and a camp storage box, so look for those videos coming soon.

First thoughts on Abundance: The future is better than you think

Book by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler

Today I stated reading “Abundance: The future is better than you think”. It has been on my reading list for awhile.  As I read through this book, I will post some of my thoughts and take a ways. As I began reading about the possibilities of a planet where there is an abundance of resources for everyone, it was the mental hurdles we face that struck me. It seems that the same things that hold us back on believing in an abundant society are the same hurdles we face daily when dealing with all kinds of situations.

Heuristics are cognitive shortcuts, time saving, energy saving rules of thumb that allow us to simplify the decision making process. In social psychology these show up when we assign probabilities like evaluating the possibility that a suspect is armed. The first thing the brain does is check it’s database for known situations and examples. The ease of access of this information is known as the availability heuristic and leads to increased perception of the probability.

Heuristics are an essential tool in decision making when we have limited information, limited time to respond and limited mental resources available. Although on average this process of decision making can be very effective, there are times when it can lead to severe errors in judgment. There are a number of cognitive biases that can impact our decisions. Among the most powerful is the conformation bias. This is the bias where we unconsciously search out information that tends to confirm or support what we already think or believe. Then there are biases like anchoring, where we tend to focus too much on one piece of information.

These biases and others work in tandem to affect our decisions and thoughts. When combined with our tendencies to be local optimists and global pessimists this can lead to even bigger problems. This means we tend to seriously overestimate our abilities and significantly under estimate the world at large.

Molly Winter: The taboo secret to healthier plants and people

Our poop and pee have superpowers, but for the most part we don’t harness them. Molly Winter faces down our squeamishness and asks us to see what goes down the toilet as a resource, one that can help fight climate change, spur innovation and even save us money.