The more I look at using swamp coolers rather than Air conditioner units the more impressed I am about the cost benefit ratio. The energy savings of a swamp cooler looks to be about 1/3rd the cost or less compared to using window/ portable Air Conditioners for cooling. I have been doing some research and it seems a swamp cooler needs a bit of fresh air to work best. Rather than an Air conditioner that works best with very little outside airflow in a well insulated home. I think the total cost of my plan adding swamp coolers will cost about $500.00 but that is adding window fans, insulation strips and hoses for feeding the swamp cooler with water over night if needed. Can you add a pump and a 5 gallon bucket to get an 8 hour run time to a portable swamp cooler?
I don’t expect a perfect solution to cooling in summer with a swamp cooler. I know swamp coolers use less energy compared to a small Air Conditioner. So I could run a swamp cooler via a generator or even a solar setup that would be almost impossible running a couple of Air Conditioners. I think with using the swamp cooler during part of the summer I will pay off the investment in 3 months due to electric energy cost, and I live in a cheap electricity state. Home depot has a lot of swamp coolers and window fans for a great price now and they are not on sale, because winter. Free shipping on the window box fans that cost about $33.00. Home depot usually does not give free shipping until you spend at least $50.00. I’m not saying you have to buy now but if a swamp cooler could save money next summer you might look into it while prices are low.
I can’t install a whole home heat pump. Tax breaks don’t work for me as I don’t pay income taxes because my income is so low. If I installed an approved green energy “whatever item” approved for tax breaks. It would mean nothing as I don’t pay income tax. People living below the Poverty line/ don’t pay income tax don’t get any benefit from tax breaks. I make enough not to get all the government goodies like food stamps or energy subsidies but nothing for electrical efficiency and using less power.
Net zero/Green energy is a scam via the government. Local energy co-ops could work at a town block level might work for Homes. A top down wanna-be industrial scale Solar/wind energy system is doomed to fail at this time. Idaho power is building a battery farm that might power about 14,000 homes for 4 hours. No business, not a metro area, or a small town will accept an energy black out 4 hours after the sun goes down. I think solar has a lot of potential but it is no where close to ready to power any industrial nation.
On to the energy I can control. I cut up the last of the split wood for kindling. Depending on the wood box for kindling for an average it lasts 1-2 weeks based on temp. outdoors and if I have leftover coals overnight. We have wet, cold rainy weather incoming. I don’t mind snow but working in a cold rain sucks! I prefer to avoid that if possible. I have filled up 3 kindling boxes and had Mom grab one when she was a bit short. Overall the kindling box idea has been a winner!
Oh I did buy buy some bacon I like on sale for $2.88 per pound. I like the taste but there is no way I’m shopping until the second of January.
I picked up the yard Xmas lights and they are a bit of mess right now but I’ll store them away for next year. I think it was last year that having Xmas lights was white supremacy because not every person had Xmas lights. I walk my dog around the neighborhood and never thought Xmas lights was “White Supremacy” . Heck I don’t know or care about the race of a person that put’s up Xmas lights. I just like the xmas lights. It must be fatiguing for those folks to find reasons to be out raged daily and no one cares about their outrage. Dude it is just Xmas lights. As Freud said some time a cigar is just a cigar.