Horrible, horrible images are coming out of Moore, Oklahoma. The devastation is as though an atom bomb hit the town.
I’ve been thinking, and I may have blogged about it before, but people living in Tornado Alley should think about building Underground Malls complete with hardware stores and food courts and all the other goodies shops that malls tend to contain. You never know when you’re in a mall what time of day it is, anyway. It could also have an arcade and a big Rent a Cot Shop that only opens during a tornado warning. An underground mall would have to have its own power supply, vented generators, wind turbines and even solar panels for all the days there is no tornado, which would in most years, be three hundred and sixty-five days. Battery banks and positioning of the electricity could be worked out with experts, but the mall could run all year without ever being hooked up to electricity! Malls are a huge power suck. They’re one of our nation’s biggest polluters. The money they save on electricity would more than pay for the extra equipment they would need to buy to run without it.
I know if I saw a tornado coming, I would go to that mall. I think I tend to think like most people and so I think it would be a huge hit. A mall that uses no electricity and has no carbon foot print?! That’s pretty mind-boggling. All malls should do that.
Underground parking might work. On that note, more parking lots should be mall garages covered in solar panels so when you go to the mall, you’d plug in your car, shop, and when you get back to your car it would be charged. This would work during daylight hours in pretty much any area of any country, except possibly Vancouver and Seattle, and in those cities solar panels that track the sun might work very nicely.
I was reading about China and how they’re spending billions of dollars to bring electricity to certain parts of the country. That’s so inefficient. Whenever I pass a power transfer station I think – what a waste of money, resources and electricity. Those things lose more electricity than they send.
Every town could have its own power supply. I’m hoping every house will one day have its own power supply. Solar panels for houses are cheaper than those built for RVs.
What I use in my RV is two 130 watt panels and four deep-cycle, six volt batteries. Nowadays, the whole system with wiring would cost less than a thousand dollars. With that system I can camp anywhere – a lot of times for free. I’ve been traveling for six years with no TV and just bought one a few weeks ago so I can watch The Voice, and the News. I’d love to watch The Daily Show, too, but I can only afford an antenna so I watch that online.) I bought an LED 21 inch TV; it uses very little power. Using just 260 Watts of electricity and 24 Volts worth of batteries and I get all the power I need. My refrigerator, stove and water heater run on propane. I have half-gallon water jugs that I’ve painted navy blue to collect heat. (Black may work better, but I don’t like black) If I set them in the sun for an hour or two I can take a nice hot shower with no power at all. If everyone put a black fifty gallon water jug on their roof, they could take showers and do dishes all day long and never use an ounce of fuel.
It’s oil, and nothing more, that keeps us in the Middle East.
I want to have a pool of knowledge on the Internet with an exchange of ideas on how to be self-sufficient. A few people have figured out how to make a water pump for a well that runs on solar power. That way they have fresh water with no money at all.