THE ALTERNATIVE HOME PACKAGE
The following independent home package is designed for the billions of people who make up the third world where the average income is a dollar or two a day.
This basic package can also provide a foundation to which many modifications can be added to meet the needs of any climate or economic level, such as retirement communities.
To start with, most of the world's poverty live in hot dry climates where there's an abundance of solar heat but a shortage of water. Therefore the goal is to show how to create simple manually operated solar collector dishes which can be used to purify water and cook meals. Also large manually operated solar dishes can be created to produce enough heat for recycling water operating solar refrigeration or solar electrical generation and more.
By adding a verity of low cost plans, mold's, kit's and materials, much can be done to raise anyone's standard of living and help others to do the same.
Through the power of the internet many great projects and ideas are already taking root and soon many of these kits, molds and materials will be available through this website.
There are many great low cost home designs and systems that are ideal for different climates, but in this case let's start by taking a look at the home as shown in the first picture. In this case adobe is a good choice, considering that most of the world's poor live in warm climates. To improve this structure, molds can be used to create better windows and doors for more comfortable climate control and keeping the bugs out. Also some cement and re-bar along the top edge could save many lives in case of an earthquake. Along with this, as shown in the bottom left corner, of the top picture, are some simple natural heating and cooling systems that require no fans and can easily be added to any home.
THE GREEN HOUSE
The green house is built halfway into the ground with an over head cement framework created from molds. Then the openings can be filled in with hand blown glass disk. Plastic might seem more logical but this system is designed for years of service using common, fordable materials and means which the people can do them self's. Such as solar for melting glass and rubber molds that can be used for generations.
One of the main reasons for this greenhouse is that much of the world's population live in dry climates where they may need to carry water for miles. Also worldwide there is a growing need for water. So by creating a greenhouse with a closed water system where all the water can be recycled, this would solve many problems. Also keep in mind that these systems as perfected, can be adapted to many climates and economic levels, offering real independence.
This may be the future in a world of ever increasing automation and the need for more independence.
FOOD AND WATER RECYCLING
Raising fish is a good source of food. In this system, the waste water from the bottom of the fish tanks is dripped over beds of gravel where bacteria living on gravel convert the waste to plant food.
For every pound of fish raised, 35 pounds of greens can also be raised.
For fish food, there's no shortage of algae and bugs, and the bugs can be attracted using a submerged light.
For purifying the water, a combination of sand, plants, charcoal and UV LED lights can be used.
$80,000 dollars. That would be your yearly bill, if you had to pay for the solar energy that falls on the average city lot. That's a lot of free energy which could be converted using solar cells, stirling heat engines or steam engines all made form simple kits and plans. Methods could also be provided for cooking meals, boiling water, heating or cooling, melting metals, glass, plastics, processing cement and more.
Consider this: what if you had to walk between one to seven hours a day and spend half your income just to buy firewood? Millions of people do that every day and even worse, this gathering of wood causes the deforestation of our planet at a rate of some 4 million tons of wood daily. It only takes a few good ideas to solve many of the world's problems.
In the desert's dry air, evaporative cooling can even be used to make ice.
Another system from the 1800's used ammonia and water in sealed tanks. I tried this a few years ago and it works and is easy to adapt to solar. The day and night cycle then becomes the off and on switch. This system could last forever.
Ammonia is the world's most efficient refrigeration gas, and it is completely natural and can be distilled from any cat litter box and other methods. Check out "mae solar" on the web. They are creating 14 lbs of ice per day using a simple 4'x8' unit, which is exciting.
This solar still for purifying water can be made from plastic pipe. It uses some vacuum on the system, which enables the water to evaporate at a much lower temperature.
By making pipe from low cost recycled plastics, we could convert a lot of salt water into fresh water worldwide.
This gas production system has been a real success around the world. A plunger is used to push waste down a tube into the water. The waste then produces gas for cooking or running a gas engine. Plus the waste makes a rich fertilizer.
Note on Google video's "bio gas generator (s)".
In Helping Others, We Help Ourselves.
This project started years ago, playing with solar energy, collecting ideas and experimenting with many projects.
Back in the 60's it was clear that we could solve the world's problems and that the best thing I could do was use my skills to create what was needed to help folks help themselves. As laid out on this page, plus many other ideas.
Along the way working with radio waves, I started wondering how are Creators communication system operated. That was some 40 years ago. But it was not until just the last few years that the internet has made it possible to share many ideas at low cost. Also I wanted to get the "Mysteries of the Universe" (page 3) completed and packaged before changing projects because those new insights into the mysteries of the ages could go along ways toward bring peace worldwide.
Now that I have reached that goal I have been able to shift my thinking back to the sort of projects as laid out on this page.
My plan, as one means of getting many ideas into production is to set up a small retirement community built around a number of my favorite ideas, using very simple low cost home building systems, closed water systems, nature heating and cooling and so forth, thereby keeping ones cost low.
To start the project, there are thousands of missionaries retiring every year and many need affordable retirement, plus they bring with them years of experiences that can be used to help build new ideas and share with others considering going into the mission field.
Also this retirement community would be a model for many other communities to come.
Many of these ideas will need production which could be done by Mom's who would like to stay at home with their children and each project will then help everyone to become more independent. Today's cell phones with cameras open up all sorts of possibilities to share ideas and help get new ideas up and running in real time.
On today's best sellers list is a book entitled "The three cups of Tea" about a fellow rescued by a small village and in gratitude built a school for the girls of that village. Going back some years later he discovered that by educating the women, they in turn raised healthier families with visions of getting ahead instead fighting and creating wars.
The churches can help by working with these ideas and at the same time gain hands-on experience that can be taken into the mission field. Also these sort of projects will draw many young people to church.
Their are many economic potentials in helping others to help themselves and generate income for further advancement. For example, a simple solar dish made of cement and covered with mirrors could save the cost of buying firewood. If you multiply that saving by half the world's population, then every year a 1/2 trillion dollars is saved which could be spent toward education and other means of eliminating poverty. The need for firewood not only creates deserts but also changes the world's weather patterns, creating even more problems.
The reason this project is called SANDBOX AND MUD PIE TECHNOLOGY is that many of the items can be made from simple, low cost kits, plans and reusable molds.
OTHER ITEMS THAT CAN BE ADDED TO THE PACKAGE
Communications links for education and more job opportunities.
Cottage built electric cars and air powered cars.
Kit windmills for generating electric power or pumping water, air or more.
Systems for collecting and storing water.
Systems for reclaiming the deserts.
Solar washer, dryer and much more.
See page 9 and the other web pages for more ideas.