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This web site was created with
solar and wind power

(last revision: February 1, 2014)



 

BUILDING PROJECTS

how to build your own load-bearing straw bale house in images
adobe and lime plastering - greenhouse - hot-water radiant
floor heating -
building a privacy wall with corn-stalk bales (video)
- retrofitting an old tin shed
into a guest house
- how to retrofit a moblie home - polyurethane roofing -
staining lime plaster and concrete with ferrous/iron sulfate -
starter-straw bale house plans - earthbag construction - building a Rocket Stove


RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS

installing your own solar electric system - rain water harvesting system-
small wind generator
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solar hot water and heating system -
the basics of solar cooking


RESOURCES AND GOOD IDEAS

Mindy's tips on saving energy - inspiring quotes -
good books and magazines/important web sites -
global climate change films - "Achieving Self-sufficiecy"
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"Why Use Renewable Energy?"


GRAB BAG SURPRISES

articles by Jim Phypers - Sonoran Desert wildlife -
raising African Pygmy Goats - Commander Ghost Cat of the Solar Haven PackRat Patrole
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listen to our "theme song

WHO WE ARE

a little about us - Jim's "Recorder Music Listening Page"
picture gallery of our volunteers - comments in the media about Solar Haven -
a personal
statement from our hearts - SolarHaven2 in Veracruz, Mexico
write us

NEWS - SOLAR HAVEN IS RELOCATING ON UNDEVELOPED LAND IN THE YUCATAN PENINSULA, MEXICO -
VOLUNTEER TO HELP US BUILD A NEW MODEL OFF-GRID ECO-COMMUNITY, CONSIDER JOINING US!



"The Phypers Family"


"Five Dog Circus" -- Jim and Mindy -- "Security Cats"

 

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"HOW It ALL HAPPENED"

(the story of the creation of Solar Haven in Arizona)

 

PERSONAL INSPIRATIONS...

Here are some very special
QUOTES

that have been a great inspiration to us...


Please let us tell you about three recent films on

GLORBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
that have opened our eyes... and point the need more then ever
to live sustainably and treat our planet with great care.



 


OUR FRIEND - THE SUN
THE GREATEST INSPIRATION OF ALL!


      1 - Generates electricity to light our house and run its many gadgets
      (stereo, computer, fans, microwave, power tools, etc.)

      2 -
      Powers our S.L.C.D.D. -- "Solar Linear Clothes Drying Device" (patent pending)



      3 - Keeps the air warm in our greenhouse to grow vegetables and herbs year round

      4 - Heats water in our "Thermomax" Hot Water Heating Unit to provide all the domestic hot water we need and also all the water needed for the radiant heating system in the floors to heat our house

      5 - Cooks our food using a "solar oven"


      6 - Heats water in the portable "solar shower"

      7 - Our friend the Sun also saves us a lot of money each month as we have no electric bills or gas bills.

       

      8 - And the sun makes us happy!


At the end of the day, and in the morning too,
the Arizona desert puts on a show
like nothing we have ever seen.


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Monsoon rain storms
during July and August can be awesome.



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"A MAJOR CHANGE IN DIRECTION"

For reasons primarily related to Jim's health but also for financial reasons, Jim and Mindy Phypers have moved permanently to southern Mexico, first in two small mountain villages in Veracruz, Mexico, and now relocating on undeveloped land outside their present village. The first Solar Haven in Arizona has been sold. Jim's health has improved and plans are underway to establish a model off-grid Eco-community in Veracruz. Consider volunteering and giving us a helping hand and perhaps even joining the community at a future date.

 

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