Shedding Dependency

I have been working on an amazing project this past year and a half. The goal is to reduce dependency on services, utilities, and any other regular expenses that we require to live.

My manual back up pump came for one of our wells today and I am so excited that it can pump water into my pressurized tank, providing running water for the entire house without electricity!  For less than $1000 I am free of dependency concerning plumbing for the rest of my life (even the septic tank is maintenance free!). The sense of freedom and empowerment is satisfying to say the least!

The next investment is an outdoor wood burning stove that can heat 3 separate buildings (house, garage, greenhouse.. perfect!) and it is able to heat our driveway in the winter so there will be no snow to shovel. It works by heating water and pumping that water into a radiator installed in a pre-existing furnace or by simply running the pipes where you want radiant heat. The water pump for the stove is small enough to be ran by battery (we are getting the best battery, can’t reveal the type because these batteries are already on backorder and I have to wait forever to get them) which charges by solar and anytime we turn on our regular electricity. Over time I want to modify the wood burning stove to be able to distill water and generate electricity by tapping into the temperature gradient using thermocouples.

Pave your own way, make your own system, do not assume that everybody has already figured out the best way or the right way. My life has been simplified and empowered tremendously just by not doing it the way everybody else does. They will fight you every time you challenge what they think is best, but the question is why would it threaten them?


-Travis The Traveler

  1. Hmmmmm.. Interesting!! Amazing stuff 😀

  2. They feel threatened because it challenges their world view. They think that the society has already got everything right and it’s best to just follow everyone else. By showing them that every individual should think about the best solutions for themselves and their particular unique situation, we make them feel guilty (subconsciously) for not spending more time consciously thinking about their actions. They don’t like that.

    • JJ
    • July 5th, 2014

    Well, as someone who is also on well water and a septic tank, I was interested in this. It’s rather alarming when the electricity goes off and the well stops working.

    • You might love this then. I first looked at Simple Pump. It is probably the best, but I found FloJak for half the price. After pressurizing my tank I am seeing that it will be best to have an extra water tank (non-pressurized) that gravity feeds into the house. That way you won’t have to pump as often.
      Water is the number 1 need. We can be perfectly fine without power now. In the summer we can heat the water in a solar tank. In the winter (most the year here in MI) our outdoor wood burning stove will be heating plenty of water. The outdoor stove only makes sense if you have plenty of wood to burn though.
      I will be excitedly posting more of these things as they are implemented!

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