of us just watched your DVD here at the office and these people
are on fire now! They were really excited with what they saw. Again,
thanks, this is going to change several peoples lives, especially
now that they can see that they can do it.
Mark and his friend Jim came to visit us recently to see what we
are doing here. They each bought one of our DVDs. When they got
home, they watched the DVD and then responded with the email shown
your presentation is educational and inspirational! It is thrilling
to see how the Lord provides, and how you effectively utilize His
resources. Thanks for opening my eyes!
Jeff Thomas, Executive Producer, The Derry Brownfield Show
That was nice of you to reply so quickly, .............Yes, your
DVD was wonderful, beyond helpful and entertaining as well,..I have
watched it about 8 times so far, I believe I got it through, or
heard about it through Derry
I will be doing what you did, all solar, with the Gen backup and
charging, so I am concerned as to the 12 (kw) being too small. I'm
leery of just about everyone until proven otherwise, hehehe, especially
In your case, the info I got out of your DVD was invaluable and
cheap, given the cost to buy the DVD, I may try to have our neighborhood
General Store carry it, so I may buy a few more to spread around
I have some experience with diesels, primarily backhoe and loaders,
Heavy Duty stuff, but this little engine may be something altogether
I'd love any feedback you have to give,
Thanks - Todd
Especially if you talk to the "experts." There is so much
misinformation out there it isn't funny. In fact, it's really sad
because there would be a lot more people with solar panels if they
knew they could do this by themselves. How many solar panels are
you going to be able to buy to start with? I am working on adding
more to my system. I wish I had 24! I wouldn't be concerned with
the 12kw being too small, especially if you are planning on doing
your house like we have done. How do you plan to cook, dry clothes,
heat water, and heat your house?]
DVD makes it look so easy. You really had no experience when you
D. Cook, Evansville, Indiana
We did not have any building, framing, electrical, plumbing or heating
experience when we started building here over 6 years ago. We have
done these things simply by reading books, watching videos and asking
knowledgeable people to explain the things we didn't understand.
It is amazing how many people are willing to share their knowledge
of how things work and how open they are to discussion.]
After watching the video, I came up with the following questions
to create a plan for myself.
Where did you find the outbuilding and plans for $6,000? What brand
is it? Does the outbuilding have metal siding/ roof?
[RESPONSE: The shop "plans" were
just my own plans. I used 4x6x10' oak studs for the load bearing
walls. Those studs were only 6.20 each. I put the studs on 6 foot
centers. The wood framing for the shop was very simple. I had less
than 1,500.00 in all of the wood. The metal sides, metal roof and
insulation was purchased from the local lumber yard. The cost was
around 4,000.00 for all of that. The plans were just simple designs.
Nothing fancy. The shop is just a giant box, basically. The guy
that works the lumber yard was a wealth of information and was very
open about giving me suggestions, etc.]
Also do you have building plans for the house?
[RESPONSE: The house plans were also just
simple plans drawn out on a piece of paper (I used my computer to
give me "cleaner" drawings). The costs of building start
to escalate as soon as you get the "professionals" involved.
I knew what I wanted, drew it out, then built it.]
Where can a person find a water tank that holds 800 gallons?
[RESPONSE: Tanks are readily available from
any farm supply store. Internet sources are abundant. Salvage yards
are a good source. They aren't hard to find.]
Is there a web site for Pex tubing?
[RESPONSE: Most plumbing supply houses carry
the Pex tubing. The brand name that I used was from a company called
Vanguard. You could find them easily on the Internet. If you have
trouble locating, I can help you get it. http://www.vanguardpipe.com]
Do you heat the outbuilding too with the boiler or how does the
outbuilding get heated?
[RESPONSE: The shop is not heated. As far
as metal buildings go, it is well insulated. It has never been so
cold inside the shop as to freeze any water that is inside.]
Does the cost ($60,000) of the house include any of the boiler/plumbing
costs or is it just the frame cost of the house and the $7,200 is
additional to the house?
[RESPONSE: The 60,000.00 included all of
my heating pipes, but did not include the 5,200.00 for the furnace
itself. The 60,000.00 DID include the nearly 6,000.00 for the cost
of the well. I went back and looked at my list of $ spent and noticed
that my figures included many things that were not directly house
related, such as tools, etc.]
Do you run any air-conditioning for summer cooling?
[RESPONSE: I am planning on installing a
geo-thermal based cooling system this spring that will not require
electricity to run. Hot air will be displaced with cool air through
the use of a solar fan assisted vacuum instead of condensing pumps
I find the video very interesting and would like to make a plan
for myself. But I really need info on the outbuilding as it would
be a quick building to start with and could live in it while the
house is being built. That is why I would like more info on what
outbuilding package you found or if you just got some materials
and made it. If it is your own creation, could you point me to where
I can find plans similar to it or email them to me?
[RESPONSE: I noticed that you really don't
live that far from us. Why don't you plan a trip down here to see
exactly what we are doing and how you can implement it. I wish that
I would have made the shop livable while we were building the house.
It wouldn't have taken that much to do it. It's a gret idea.]
Did you install a pipe under ground between buildings to run the
wires and pipes or are they just direct burial cables and pipes?
[RESPONSE: The pipes from the inverter room
to the house are all underground.]
Thanks so much for the information! I really liked your video and
look forward to starting my own independent trek towards energy
[RESPONSE: Awesome, Don! I hope that I can
be of more help to you. Would you mind if I posted your questions
and my responses on my website? I wouldn't use your full name on
Don S., Olathe, Kansas
just finished watching your video. I thoroughly enjoyed it. For
the last few months I've had the urge to learn more about energy
independence so I've been reading and watching everything I could
get my hands on. Your video was a great help. I've also been interested
in bio-diesel and have actually been successful in making and burning
it. You mentioned using old transmission fluid in your generator
and I just wondered if you could provide me with a little more info
in the area.