Non-electric alternatives to electric things

Discussion in 'Alternative Energy' started by mad_misky, Jan 10, 2007.

  1. mad_misky

    mad_misky Well-Known Member

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    As the title implies, I'm looking for non-electric alternatives to electric things! Preferrably, they would be totally manual or non-energy consuming. Here are the things I've come up with:

    lights: kerosene lamps
    alarm clock: wind-up clock
    washing machine: James hand washer
    dryer: drying rack
    fridge: root cellar (at least for some things)
    stove: wood stove
    water pump: pump by hand

    You get the idea... anyway, tell me all the ones you can think of. I'm trying to go as non-electric as possible.
     
  2. Fire-Man

    Fire-Man Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Chainsaw----AX
    circular saw---handsaw
    drill--hand drill
    lights--candles
    TV---drag up a chair and watch your animals
    meat grinder---hand model

    Really there is alot of things that you can get now that is non-electric--Example I love my Coffee maker---It sits over my gas stove burner and works just like a electric one. They cost about $40 at Wal*Marts in the camping section, but then---they would not work on a wood stove----have to get out the metal perculator coffee pot. Have Fun!! Randy
     

  3. Cabin Fever

    Cabin Fever Life NRA Member since 1976 Supporter

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    Year-around shower: Modify a garden sprayer by removing the wand and replace it with a dish rinsing nozzle. Pour water warmed on the woodstove into the garden sprayer. Pressurize the sprayer by pumping it up by hand. Shower in basin, tub or outdoors.
     
  4. beowoulf90

    beowoulf90 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    If it's small enough, items can be forged welded, instead of arc welded. Use hand tools for wood working instead of power tools.
     
  5. KenPerry

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    For a fridge, a non electric alternative are the ammonia fridges commonly seen in RV's.
     
  6. CatsPaw

    CatsPaw Who...me?

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    ah....amonia frig. = propane = by-product of gasoline......bad....bad....

    I'm not a tree hugger....just trying to get technical. Of course, actual subject wasn't green, but, rather non-electric for those of you way out on the fringe.

    hand saw...you better look like popeye. Battery power charger can/could be rigged to recharge off the vehicle while using it for necessary vehicular travel (or possibly solar).

    ah! grandfather clock.....still like the sound of chimes.

    Often wondered about using a windmill to pump rainwater and such up to a water tower to provide gravity pressure.

    digital camera = paper and pencil and yer five digits

    garage door opener = yer wife
     
  7. Runners

    Runners A real Quack!

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    You can run an ammonia fridge with a candle or kerosene lamp. No joke!

    How about a pump-shower? A foot pump gives you water pressure to the shower head (saw one in a Jackie Chan movie)

    On the second thought, skip the heated shower & fridge - suffer a little, "it builds character!" - my dad would say... he also said, "It'll put HAIR on your chest"... but you might not want that!
     
  8. burroak

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    Just google "Amish hardware".
     
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    my cream separator is dual fuel---- electric and armstrong :baby04:
     
  10. sisterpine

    sisterpine Goshen Farm Supporter

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    heating pad = hot water bottle...we have 2 and you would not believe all the use they get!
     
  11. mightybooboo

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    You can also run that fridge with solar.My Hippie cousins did that 30+ years ago,using prisms and magnifying glasses,they were able to direct the sunlight and concentrate it onto the heat pipe.It was on the porch.

    Worked like a champ.
    The prism was like a bar curved into a semi circle,cousin wasnt too clear on it,I was a kid sooo........
    Point is,they did it,amazing!

    BooBoo :gromit: <----"It'll never Work"
     
  12. mightybooboo

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    Way OT but.....

    Same cousins had a well drilling rig on the commune.They would drill you a well for beer,food and a few bucks.

    Where are they now when I could really use a dirt cheap well?

    BooBoo :gromit: <----"It'll never Work"
     
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    Runners A real Quack!

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    Wish I could have seen it! I got an old 3 cubic ft I'd like to experiment with.
     
  14. uncle Will in In.

    uncle Will in In. Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I was in am Amish hardware Wed that had a hand cranked blender. All for the paultry sum of $79.99.

    I also read an ad from an Amish dealer who had 6hp propane engines with automatic starters used to run non electric water pumps for the Amish. it had a low oil saftey switch, and charged the starter battery.
     
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    Propane lights
    pressurized water via windmill and resavoir in the attic
    care stereo runs nicly on any 12volt bateer system
    radio via hand crank
    Freezer used to be known as the ice house.
    there used to ba a small furnace that was actually a diesal generater and the heat was routed to warm the house.
     
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    I once saw a dog powered washing machine at an Amish farm. It had a little treadmill that the dog walked on.
     
  18. mightybooboo

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    How many Shih Tzu's would that take ????

    I can see it now....20 Shih Tzu's on a treadmill,'chasing' a squeaky toy on the front.....

    BooBoo :gromit:
     
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    Hand crank grain grinder. The big old antique ones make grinding very easy.

    Grind your own cornmeal & flours. You can make flour out of lots of things. I want to try walnut flour, hickory flour, pecan flour, and several others.
     
  20. tinknal

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    With a Great Dane you could prolly power a generator................