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Solar Harvest Farm     Steve & Michelle Heyer  Richie, Sheri & Sarah   7432 Marsh Road, Waterford, WI 53185
Phone: 262-662-5278  ·   Email: solarharvestfarm@yahoo.com
   Website: www.solarharvestfarm.com
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Living & Farming With Energy Produced Onsite
Using our example as an introduction
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Year Home Built
1996
Home Heating System
Solar/Geothermal
Home Electrical System
Solar/Wind Hybrid
PV Array Peak KW
1.3 KW
Wind Generator Peak KW
1.0 KW
Conventional Furnace
None
Backup Heat
Wood  Parlor Stove
Hot Water
Instantaneous LP
Avg Monthly Home & Farm Elec Bill
$19
Avg Monthly Home  LP Bill
$18
Avg Monthly Farm LP Bill
$23
Home Occupants
2 adults, 3 Teens
Farm Energy Demand - # Beef
45 - 55 Head
Farm Energy Demand - # Hogs
100 Hogs
Farm Energy Demand - # Chickens
3000
South Glass Btu gain/sunny day
732,000 Btu’s
Summary:  The energy demands of 2 adults, 3 teens, 50 beef, 100 hogs and 3000 chickens, (including energy required to  brood and process these chickens) equates to an average monthly expenditure of $60. For the sake of comparison to non-farm households, segregating farm from household , our combined household electric/LP expense is $20/month. Energy efficient design, conservation, solar electric, wind energy, passive solar, geothermal and wood backup heat are the  factors which have been combined to make this happen.  
This home  design can be left unattended indefinitely in the coldest winters of Wisconsin with no solar or backup heat. The interior temperature will not drop below 50 degrees F (typically 56-60F) as it moderates to the geothermal temperature of the soil below it.  
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