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Old 12-30-2014, 10:03 PM
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Don't forget that you would need a charge controller between the battery and the panels..

My calculations didn't include the well pump, just the freezer. To operate your well pump with solar would be a very expensive endeavor. I would consider an alternative way to get the water to ground level and store it underground in a cistern..
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We're thinking in opposite lines. To me, doing without the freezer (raising beef & pork) and well (350ft deep; can't manual pump it) would require major life style changes. I could easily live without electric lighting or TV-- and if TSHTF, there won't be any TV or internet anyways.
I didn't say to do without - just to find other means. We raised a beef cow and 5-6 piglets every year when we were off grid.

And also as I said - we had a deep well pump also - ran the pump with a generator for 5-10 minutes every other day.

15 cu ft freezer is plenty big enough -

http://www.bensdiscountsupply.com/EZ...e-Freezer.aspx
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I'm thinking smaller freezer by doing more canning & if possible a cold cellar.
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Thanks for reminding me about that: six replacement cycles in 2 decades would add another $3000 to total out around $3400 extra for the security: that's ~ $14/month. Inflation over 20 yrs will make the cost of grid power go up, but also the price of batteries. But still, that gives us a general idea of what's involved to guarantee my food security.
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I'm thinking smaller freezer by doing more canning & if possible a cold cellar.
Right - we did can some of our meat also.
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