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Compost gives us so much. It’s amazing that every American doesn’t have a compost heap in their yard. You can literally transform your soil by amending it with compost. If you do this for 5 years you will see a tremendous change in the quality of your soil.
It’s basically a matter of grass, leaves, and turning in food scraps. The more you turn the pile the quicker you will get that great compost.
Compost as Heat
The microbiome inside a compost pile is actively working, all the time. Its bacteria eating at the pile and worms eating at the pile and animals living in the pile. All of this creates heat. Your compost pile should be warm to the touch.
Some people even build greenhouses and surround those with compost. The heat from the compost warms the greenhouse. It’s a brilliant idea but it speaks to the heat that is generated from compost. You see you can apply that to the heating of your water.
Heating Water with Compost
To create a hot water station you are going to build a shell of hay bales. These hay bales are then run through with a water pipe. The water pipe is then covered with wood chips and compost. You close the whole thing off with more hay bales and it will create a closed system that heats the water.
This system is effective and while you won’t get the scorching hot water you are used to, it will be nice. This system really shines in the winter. When you take that terribly cold shower in the winter you will be quickly trying to build your own hot water system using compost.
Now it’s time to start thinking about power outside of the major current of the power grid. Off-grid living in some sense is going to be a much bigger part of life in our nation.