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Episode-1040- Steven Harris on Battery Back Up Systems Part 2 of 2

Steven Harris – CEO of Knowledge Publications

Special Note – Steve put all of the info in these two shows and more into over 5 Hours of professionally produced HD Video that walks you though every single thing about batteries and back up systems you could even want to know. For all TSP Members these videos are available for only 24.95 at Battery1234.com.

Steven Harris returns to TSP this time to discuss battery back up systems. As is typical with Steven he did so much research and prep that we had to break this into two episodes. Today we cover everything you will need to know to build a battery back up system from the most basic to a highly powerful vehicle mounted mobile system.

Steven Harris is a consultant and expert in the field of energy. He is the founder and CEO of Knowledge Publications, the largest energy only publishing company in the USA.

Mr. Harris came to his current position to do full time work on the development and implementation of hydrogen, biomass and solar related energy systems after spending 10 years in the Aero-Thermal Dynamics department of the Scientific Labs of Chrysler Corporation.

Steve is always full of great ideas, knowledge and projects we can use to improve our personal energy independence and today is no exception. The work that went into these two shows took over a month of work and an investment of over 3,000 dollars. Every item mentioned was purchased, tested and personally used by Steve to insure all the systems he teaches you about will preform as expected.

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Episode-987- Jeffery Yago of DTI Solar

Jeffrey Yago, P.E., CEMj

Jeffrey Yago, P.E., CEMj

Jeff Yago P.E., CEMj is a licensed professional engineer and certified energy manager with over 25-years experience in the energy conservation field. He is also certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners as a licensed solar installer and a licensed journeyman electrician.

He has extensive solar, thermal and solar photovoltaic system design experience and has authored numerous articles in magazines including Backwoods Home, HomePower, Mother Earth News, Solar Engineering Magazine, Energy Users News and Engineered Systems Magazine. He is also the author of a book “Achieving Energy Independence – One Step at a Time“.

Jeff joins us today to discuss the role of solar energy, battery back ups and generator systems should play for the prepper lifestyle.

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-859- Jack Dody on Off Grid Homesteading

Jack Dody of christianhomesteaders.org

Jack Dody of ChristianHomesteaders.org

Jack and Marilou Dody live on a homestead on the plains of Colorado, within sight of Pikes Peak. Jack has been designing and building “alternative” housing since the late sixties.

His workbook entitled Abundaculture gives the details of his homestead construction, including solar and wind power, a rainwater catch system, indoor garden, passive solar, and a composting toilet.

Jack runs workshops to train missionaries, homesteaders and homeschoolers on the knowledge he has gain in his years of actually living the life of a truly off grid homesteader.   His work has prepared many for trips to remote ares of the world on aid missions along with helping others realize their own dream of homestead life.

Jack joins Jack today to discuss…

  • The challenges of true off grid living
  • Using a sawdust toilet
  • Using gray water for irrigation
  • Using SIP containers in dry climates
  • The value of kids growing up on the homestead
  • How you can  make solar and wind affordable
  • Why most homesteaders need at least some off homestead income
  • Common mistakes of new homesteaders
  • Why homesteaders are generally the first to know about threats to liberty

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-566- Cam Mather on Off Grid Living

Cam Mather who originally appeared in Episode 364 is back to share another round of wisdom about living off grid.

Cam and his family unplugged from the grid about 14 years ago, today they are continuing their journey by expanding agricultural production, expanding their solar arrays and more.

His first book “Thriving During Challenging Times, The Energy, Food and Financial Independence Handbook” provides a road map for readers to deal with the converging challenges of climate change, peak oil and resource depletion and the economic crisis.

His second book “The All You Can Eat Gardening Handbook” shows how to turn your back yard into your own “One-Hundred-Foot-Diet Produce Department” with minimal fossil inputs.

Join us today to learn…

  • The real joy of living the “unplugged life”
  • Why unplugged doesn’t mean dark ages or low tech
  • How you can begin your own journey to energy independence
  • Why efficiency is the cheapest form of alternative energy
  • Growing your own food
  • Storing your surplus production
  • Surviving ice storms in style
  • Inexpensive ways to build your soil with things others throw away
  • Staying in touch with satellite internet and TV options

Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-493- Listener Feedback 8-16-10

It is Monday and I am back with another round of your feedback, suggestions, article and questions.  To send in feedback for a show like this one just email jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com and you might here your question or comment on the air.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Can you make money doing solar “farming” on cheap waste land
  • A real world account on the importance of back up documentation
  • Brought to us by GMO the glow in the dark pig and other wonderful ideas
  • When you build a solar system at home do you think beyond ROI and payback periods
  • Well you can relax the Swine Flu Level Six pandemic is over, IDIOTS!
  • Why do I say no credit cards vs. just don’t carry a balance
  • A new super bug arrives from India, oh wonderful!
  • Homemade pepper spray for garden pest repellent

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-437- The Road to Individual Energy Independence

Today we discuss “alternative energy”, not always “green energy” as a path to energy independence.  Like many topics that involve “independence” it is not an all or nothing concept, unlike death, independence does come in degrees.  So what we cover today ranges from initial baby steps to full tilt off grid life.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • The why’s behind the quest energy independence
    • Alternative vs. green energy
    • Polar bears vs. practicality
    • Peak oil?   May be.  Peak expense?  Inevitable.
    • Taxation
    • Disaster
    • Liberty
  • Steps on the route to independence
    • Start with efficiency
    • Identify reality (lights aren’t that big a deal)
    • Building a back up system
    • Adding a small generator
    • Adding solar/wind to your back up system
    • Adding a large generator
    • Building a passive solar heater
    • Building a solar hot water heater
    • Going full tilt with solar and wind

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-419- Feedback, Articles and Commentary for 4-19-10

I am going to try to start making the feedback shows more engaging with a lot of different sources.  So today we have your questions by email, your feedback by phone, some interesting news stories and even some audio off of Youtube on money creation to help answer one of your questions.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • What about making your own solar panels
  • Should a young grad buy land even if they are not ready to build
  • How do you set priorities and “pull it all together”
  • Exactly how is money created by “lending it into existence”
  • CITI Pays back the loans to the government, what does it mean
  • Are you contributing to “the systems” with credit cards if you pay your balance in full
  • A simple additive to improve the life of your vehicle
  • A Icelandic volcano disrupts Europe’s food chain
  • Who feeds the world, industrial agriculture of peasant farmers
  • How do you transport silver & gold long distances
  • Window Farms – and idea who’s time has come
  • Can you grow guavas in New Mexico

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-409- The Value of Rural Land

Today we do sort of a two part show.  I start out with a bit of commentary of a few stories, two actually related to land values and dependence on city based economies.  I then move onto todays main subject, the value of rural land.  I will also cover a lot of buying and negociating advice and give you some actual market prices of what is available right now.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • A great post and video on ITS Tactical
  • Marlin Firearms is closing their North Haven, CT plant
  • Detroit is dying and the lesson we learn from it
  • Why rural land has not fallen in value the way most real estate has
  • Really considering the decision to go “off grid”
  • Why rural land offers stability in value (monetary and lifestyle wise as well)
  • Getting quotes and expert advice BEFORE you buy or even make an offer
  • Having “vision” for what a property can become matched to reality of the cost and effort required
  • Seeing solutions where others see problems
  • Some actual prices of land in AR, MO, NM, ME, WA and CO right now
  • Final thoughts on the true wealth of land ownership

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-357- Call in Friday 1-15-10

Today we do our second edition of call in Friday where I take listener calls and comments on the air.  To call in an leave your own question for me just dial 866-65-THINK and leave a message and you might hear yourself on the air.

Join me today as we discuss

  • Where to find chickens for your homestead
  • How many eggs does an average hen lay
  • What protection do chickens need in winter
  • What about filtering water during a city water contamination
  • What is a good book for your BOB
  • If you are buying your first two guns, should both be handguns
  • What is the purpose of a handgun
  • What can people in very cold climates do to be able to grow food
  • Is liberty given as a gift not understood and valued the way liberty fought for is
  • What can we learn from the earthquake in Haiti
  • What would Jefferson say if he was around today
  • Why are three Navy Seals in trouble because a terrorist got a bloody lip
  • Is a solar rebate “taking the governments money”
  • How do you store food long term with Mylar, buckets and O2 Absorbers

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-346- Listener Questions and Events for 12-30-09

Well after yesterdays technology failure I redid the show for today from the home office.  Join me today as we discuss concepts such as mass production solar power, permaculture, our incompetent TSA, Monsanto and more.

Tune in today as we discuss…

  • Mass produced snap together solar power is on the way
  • Get ready to remove your underwear at the airport (virtually anyway)
  • TSA leaked its’ secrete screening processes
  • How do you find land that is usable and affordable and not to far away
  • Can you freeze dry food at home
  • What do I think of Tom Brown’s Tracker Knife and what are some alternatives
  • Is Tuberculosis the new big pandemic threat and what about pandemic threats in general
  • Monsanto now controls 90% of the global seed supply
  • How to pattern and plan permaculture in a northern climate

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show.  Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.