Monday, February 20, 2012

Heating Micro Spaces by Walt Barrett

   Yesterday out of curiosity, my son John and I performed some quick space heating tests using a $30.00 electric cube heater in our test bed micro home.  Its maximum output is 1500 watts and we set it on high to see how fast that we could raise the inside temperature from 40 degrees F to 70 degrees F.  The outside ambient temperature was 40 degrees as was the interior of the cube.
   The space on the first floor of our micro home is only 448 cubic feet and we closed the ceiling hatch to seal off the full sleeping loft on the second floor to save time heating that space.
   Because the Micro has not been heated, or used all winter it took us 1.5 hours to raise the temperature to 70 degrees. Once the electric  heater  heater achieved 70 degrees it just throttled back automatically and and barely ran for a couple of hours turning itself on and off as needed while we had a couple of cool ones and discussed the new composting toilet and shower module that we will be starting to build in a few more weeks.
   This was by no means a very scientific test, but it did give us a rough idea of the electrical cost in 40 degree weather from a cold start up. We will get a watt meter for our next tests. We estimated that we used about 2250 watts to go from 40 degrees to 70 degrees judging by the rating of the heater.  I have not had time to figure the heat loss of the building as we are extremely busy running our other successful green businesses.  I can tell you the the space is 8' X 8" X 7" and that because it is basically a summer camp and our solar test bed that it only has four inch fiberglass insulated walls, and five windows on the first level.  You can refer to our well known film on You Tube for construction details. How to build a micro home
   This informal test also tells me that even the tiniest of wood stoves, or vegetable oil heaters etc. would drive you out of the cube if you let them.  We have developed some very effective vegetable oil heaters and stove using used vegetable oil.
   Just as a reminder, we are using the profits from our very green products and
We are developing methods to mass produce micro homes and the related off the power grid operating systems.
We need your support in this research.  Please tell your friends about our products.
Walt Barrett

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Starting A Green Business On Your Own by Walt Barrett

   The only employer that you can ever really depend on is yourself with a few caveats that you must consider first. Do you have the required skills and horse sense to run a business?  
They say to " Stay with what you know."  If you are doubtful and lack the confidence then you must fix that problem first, or not run a business.  Do you have enough money to start even a small part time business, which I feel is the best way to start?  Like, don't quit your day job.  That can be a huge problem!  Do you have the ability to hang onto the profits and reinvest them properly into the expansion of the business?  This is done by keeping the overhead down and doing most of the work required yourself in the beginning.
 Can you take the heat when people criticize you and try to ruin, or steal your dream?
 Now I'm going to tell you about an interesting green business experiment that I started in November just to give you an example of what is possible with virtually no money.  I wanted to do something green and simple so anyone could do it. I also want to make jobs for Americans and encourage the unemployed to become self employed. 
    I have always liked green products because I have lived in the woods and have been a wildlife photographer my entire life.  So I decided to make a green liquid laundry detergent that contained natural ingredients with no scents, or dyes in it, and would not harm your septic system, or the environment.  The next thing I did was to select some all natural mineral products that are mined in the USA and I mixed up my formula.  Then we did our own test loads at home and tweaked up the formula until we were satisfied.  The next thing we did was to make up many free test samples and hand them out to all our friends and many strangers too.  Each sample was in our new dry simply add water kit form and made a gallon of liquid detergent.  We told everyone to show no mercy and not to indulge us. The results were excellent!  Many people with skin allergies love scent free, all natural non allergic detergent.
    By January we had a web page up and running with a description of our product and a very reasonable price because the dry pack makes 5 gallons of green detergent and ships in a kit that is 20 ounces.  We opted for the dry kit form because of the extremely low shipping weight thus making the product even more affordable and desirable.  We then made a calculation that we could sell the kit delivered in the lower 48 USA for only $10.95.  You can't beat the price even in the local supermarket.  We have eliminated the middleman entirely and we are creating more jobs for Americans by mining and mixing the ingredients right here in the USA.
   We started selling with our new web page in January and the sales are gradually building.  It looks very promising.  We are using Pay Pal and our credit card setup to take the orders.  I believe it will take about a year to really develop into a fully successful business.  I will continue to report - good or bad.
   Each $10.95 delivered kit contains 5 packages and each package makes a gallon of liquid detergent.  We recommend 1/3 to 1/2 a cup per load.  The new HE machines use 1/4 to 1/3 cup per load.
Like most other products, serious oil and grease stains etc. require pre-treating the stains with some of the straight liquid.  To be very honest with you I couldn't believe hoe it to the grease and oil out of the work clothes that we tested.  They looked new!
This has turned out to be a huge money saving green product that will put Americans to work and also save them a great deal of money.
   I strongly suggest that you research out a green product that you can make yourself and start your own business to gain financial security and a better income.  
Please visit our web site at:Green Heron Detergent


Affordable Solar Power Systems and Micro Homes by Walt Barrett

   I have been following the growing market for micro homes world wide for several years now and have even built a "test bed" 128 square foot model with the help of my son John who is now the CEO of our companies.  Many of these homes will be built in remote areas and will require the use of solar electric systems to provide a decent level of convenience and communications  required in this day and age.
   I listened to a report on this morning's CBS news and they were talking about how the solar module prices are dropping right now and how people in California are saving several thousand dollars on whole house solar electric systems at the present time.  This is especially good news for micro home builders because with a couple of 200 watt solar modules and a modest battery pack a person can have LED lighting, water pumping, computers and a TV easily with power to spare.  We have been testing an 800 to 1500 watt tiny electric space heater that can be used in a well designed 200 square foot micro home and it looks very promising depending on the climate.  It only costs us $30.00 to purchase.  Also the heat loss/gain number (BTU/hour) of the micro home will be a major factor.  For up to two people I favor designs up to 250 square feet on one level for convenience, especially for the elderly who use them for retirement, or vacation homes. Well designed homes in those sizes require very little energy for heating and cooling. 
   Our best selling solar product is our very low cost deep well (230 feet depth) solar water pumping system at $849.00 including the American made water pump , solar panel and Canadian made controller. Some people charge that much just for the pump!  You might ask how we can afford to sell that low, and the answer is that we own Battery Chem which is a very green battery reconditioning chemical company operating world wide and frankly we don't need the money from the solar that badly, so we have made a commitment to the solar and micro home industry to make it affordable.
   For several years we have considered mass producing a solar off grid micro home but do not see the market there yet.  We are sitting on plans for a semi automated manufacturing facility that will use new technology that we have developed, but it is too soon.  We are too far ahead of the market at this time and there is too much resistance from local governments who are seeking new ways to collect and spend more tax money and not ways to lower tax collections.  Of course, they could try spending less, but that would be unthinkable, oh horrors!
   This spring we are going to add a bathroom module to our current test bed home.  The module will include a solar power management system and a new solar battery pack with 120 volt inverter.
The lighting system uses 3 watt LED light bulbs.  We have all of the components in stock.
   We will open our solar micro home for inspection early this summer when the modifications are finished, but have no plans to mass produce it at this time. I have a feeling that many people will want to use our type of design. Our goal is to get the price of micro homes down to the level of a mid sized new automobile. Currently, most micro homes are dramatically over priced.  We have a solution for that problem.  Now if we could only solve the problem of finding inexpensive build-able land.  If a person works at home the land problem is much more solvable and I  intend to write a full report on that subject and why you should do it very soon now that I am feeling much better now as 2011 was a very tough year for my health.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Fighting The Rising Fuel Costs by Walt Barrett

   I am well and writing again.  
If you are concerned about the rising fuel prices please consider this.  Fuel prices are governed by consumption and speculators are cleaning up at our expense. There are about 300 million motor vehicles on the road, not counting trains, tractors, airplanes, power generation, ships and other equipment.  Then there is also the heating oil and chemical industry.  At three to four dollars a gallon  If every consumer could save only three gallons a week the monetary savings would be astronomical, and imagine the loss to the suppliers. Suppliers really understand about losing a billion or so dollars a week and might look for ways to be more fair with their customers.  I remember that during WWII fuel prices were controlled and in spite of the shortages speculation was not allowed and the prices were fair.  
How many gallons of fuel a week can you save?  Even a gallon would help.  And why are we not using more domestic oil and increasing our refining capacity?  If our leaders (Both parties) were legitimately concerned about our welfare they would be doing something about it and the rest of our serious domestic problems!   I don't see it coming up at the debates either.  They are too busy trying to control women and what they do with their bodies!
Try to save at least three gallons of fuel a week.  It will put money in your pockets too!  Try to plan your trips, ride share, walk, bike, and use public transportation. It's going to pay off for you in the long run.  Remember, the consumer is king and we have to fight back!