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One of the biggest challenges with buying an old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere is that it actually is in the middle of nowhere. Isolation is great for getting peace and quiet, but not so much for getting internet and the UPS truck.
When we bought the house, it was well and truly unplugged. Not just from internet and cable, but from absolutely everything. No electricity, no gas line, no nothing. There wasn’t even a water heater or a furnace. So, we had to get a loan, and start making some serious decisions. How to heat the place? How should we get hot water? gas or electric? How about electricity-on or off the grid? For power, the answer seemed fairly simple. We’ve always liked renewables, and it honestly seemed like more of a pain in the ass to get the utility people over here than to just tack up some solar panels and make sure to turn out the lights. This house gets so much natural light anyway, so we’ve found that we only really use bulbs for an hour or two in the evenings. We’re not big TV people, either.
The power turned out to be the easy part. Well, easy on the labor, not so much on the wallet. Heat was another story. We didn’t really realize this, but there are actually 1263926218 different options! I know! How can this be?!?! Anyway, nightmare to choose. Tankless vs. tankless? Gas vs. oil? On and on it goes. Well, we started with what we knew we wanted, which was a woodstove. There’s a ton of great wood around here, and it’s just so much more comforting than baseboards. Since that was done, it didn’t really make sense to get a huge water heater-after all, it was just gonna be for dishes and showers. We got a gas one, which was a bit counter-intuitive given our solar system. But, while we can both make do without much power, the one thing we both agreed on was that hot showers shouldn’t be dependent on the forecast.
Now, I’m not what you’d call a capable plumber. Far from it. I’m lucky at best, clumsy at worst. Anyway, we looked at the options, read lots of tankless.reviews and decided to go for a tankless water heater. Call me crazy, but a tank is just one more thing to deal with, right? So, we’ve hooked that up, with much trial and tribulation.
And it’s official! We’re on-
We’ve showered, we’ve washed dishes, and we’ve actually mopped the floors for what must be the first time in 10 years. God bless hot water. I’ll never go without you again.
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