Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Lightening our load
Nabbed from a website.
SO! We have successfully made it through a summer without air conditioning here at Old Vines. The a/c window units are still gathering dust on their shelves out in Tom's garage. I am glad. We've used the whole-house fan some, but in general, it's fortunately not been a really hot year. If we have felt the heat, a dip in our daughter's kiddie pool or a swim in the lake have helped us deal with it.
That said, when Canning Season rolls around, I am compelled to turn on the stove and heat up the place. We know this will just have to happen. The house came with an old cookstove that can be hooked up to a propane tank: I suppose I could resort to that with my canning madness. But general cooking? Hmm, we still need to do a lot of that.
SO, again! What can we do that's environmentally sound? How about a solar cooker? I married McGuyver, after all: I have sent him searching out this task. These things can be as simple as a cardboard box and tinfoil. He will most likely put something together that's far more elaborate than that. And the best place to put it? Atop the chicken coop! It's on a 35* angle facing south.
And then there's the idea of a bread oven. We're investigating a purchase of land adjacent to our house (mainly so no yahoo builds on it); this land is a woodland now. A wood lot. Wood. Oven. They go together. When I was a Minneapolitan, I helped a couple different friends build their own pizza ovens. I had friends who were chefs, and this was an obvious extension of their breadmaking abilities. We also plan on building one for my daughter's school here, too. So, why not one here? Why not. Let's just do it.
I'm sure I will keep you informed about all this nonsense.