Oasis Montana Inc.
Renewable Energy Supply and Design
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e-mail: info@oasismontana.com
Home Page: www.oasismontana.com

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Non-electric gas appliances, www.LPappliances.com
Efficient and DC appliances, www.eco-fridge.com
And our main page at www.oasismontana.com


Oasis Montana Fall 2006 Newsletter
page 3 - gas freezers, stocking stuffers

 

Propane Freezers made by the Amish in the Midwest: Blizzard 10 and 15 cu.ft. Capacity

THIS CHEST FREEZER IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE.  PLEASE SEE OUR LP UPRIGHT MODELS AND OUR DC CHEST FREEZERS.

Blizzard 10 cu. ft. propane gas chest freezerThe Blizzard 10 cu.ft. propane chest freezer is currently the largest LP gas chest freezer of its kind. It’s totally non-electric and quite efficient in its propane usage, and this can be converted to natural gas at the factory for an additional $50. Here are the specifications:

Outside dimensions: 43.5”W x 45”H x 33”D; interior, 34.25”W x 30”H x 16”D

Available in white only; has a stainless steel burner with push button igniter and flame indicator; has casters for easy moving.

Has top-mounted controls, weighs 220 lbs. (shipping weight 260 lbs.)

Fuel consumption: 1.25 lbs./24 hours, 1750 BTU/hr.

Warranty: one year parts; three year extended warranty available on the absorption system. These are manufactured in the USA and factory tested.
 


The Blizzard 15 cu.ft. capacity upright freezer is theBlizzard 15 cu. ft. propane gas freezer
largest LP freezer made; this model actually has two gas absorption units to keep your food COLD. Conversion to natural gas is $100 extra and done at the factory. Do let us know at what elevation you will be using these—at over 10,000 feet there may need to be some adjustments.

Outside dimensions: 40”W x 61”H x 28.5”D; interior, 23”W x 46”H x 23.75”D

Color: white only—right hinge only, with stainless steel burners.

Shelving: offers five deep interior shelves, three quick-freeze interior shelves.

Totally non-electric with push-button igniter, front-mounted controls.

Weight: 324 lbs. Shipping weight: 360 lbs.

Fuel consumption: 2.5 lbs./24 hrs., 3000 BTU/hr.


NO POWER IS NO PROBLEM with these clean, efficient propane models; for other refrigeration ideas visit www.LPappliances.com. NOTE: these do not generally require ventilation unless your house is really tight. It’s not carbon monoxide that’s a problem, but the flame using up all the oxygen in your cabin. Call or e-mail us if you have any questions.

October 2006 newsletter index
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Oasis Montana site map

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Kill A Watt Meter: The Electricity Detector and Monitor can reduce your monthly electric bill and help you save a lot of money. You can now be a ’detective’ and ascertain what machines are actually worth keeping plugged in. Simply plug in the Kill A Watt meter, connect your appliances to it and Kill a Watt will assess how efficient they really are, showing you the watt-hours used.
Kill a Watt with large LCD display will count consumption by the kilowatt-hour, same as your local utility. With the help of Kill a Watt you can figure out your electrical expenses by the day, week, month or year on a given device. Kill a Watt can check the quality of your power by monitoring Voltage, Line Frequency, and Power Factor.
Now you'll know if it is time for a new refrigerator or if that old air conditioner is saving you money—compared to a new one—or not.

Operating Voltage: 115VAC Max Voltage: 125VAC
Max Current: 15A Max Power: 1875W
Dimensions: 5 1/8” x 1 5/8” x 2 3/8”

October 2006 newsletter index
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Oasis Montana site map
 
 
Now in autumn, we are enjoying cool and wet (even snowy) conditions, but it was one hot and smoky summer and fall for many parts of the western U.S., and Montana was no exception. We were smug with our good snowpack, back in spring. Then our summer started with a week of 100+ degree weather, and continued to stay hot. We were blanketed in smoke from the horrific fires (1.3 million acres burned) until the middle of September, and unfortunately, many homes and a few lives have been lost. We have been able to help some people with water pumping to protect their properties, but our drought conditions and warm temps made for a very dry western tinderbox. If only those folks in Texas could’ve share perhaps 1/20th of their deluge from their state…

Even so, the garden and fruit trees kept us busy, and despite the smoke we still enjoyed camping, fishing, and canoeing in our local river (even though the water was quite low). We hope our legislators will work on commonsense future measures to mitigate the effects of warming temperatures and prolonged drought. One thought we have had (since we were less than a mile from our local small airport, a helibase that launched many helicopters and other aircraft for fighting fires) is that actual planning for these events would be a good idea (seeing as they are now part of our new normal)—how about reservoirs near these airports to make hauling the big buckets faster and more affordable? Here in Stevensville, we have several large irrigation ditches in close proximity to our airfield…. Well, it’s just my 2 cents worth!

PICOCELL controller inverter for array-direct water pumping for your 240VAC AC pump
In this issue we have some new products to share; one is an exciting new AC pump controller/inverter that can run your 240VAC (or 120V, or 3 phase, or 230VAC 50 hz) 1/3 to 2 horsepower pump directly off of a solar array – click here for more information on the PICOCELL controller/inverter (cost: $1220 plus shipping). This exciting new technology is designed for off-grid use, or emergency back-up. We have installation manuals, spec sheets, and pump kit information on our water pumping site.  Call or e-mail for more information.

New, small Energy Star rated AC refrigerator
We also have a new, small AC refrigerator, 7.1 cu.ft. for your home or cabin, the CP972SS. It’s a great size for space-limited kitchens, only 22”W x 22”D x 57”H and will sell at the great price of $459 plus shipping. With its lean size, the CP972SS is the ideal refrigerator for studio apartments, yachts, offices, and other settings in need of reliable cooling in a slim-fitting footprint. Visit here for more information on this and other (larger) refrigerators.

The best nuclear generating station is 93 million miles away, and is available for pretty much everyone!
Thomas Edison quote on Solar Energy

Iron Edison Batteries
We also have a new line of batteries to offer, manufactured by Iron Edison;
visit our information on this exciting new product line.

WHY IS THE PRICE OF SOLAR MODULES LIKELY TO INCREASE?

The International Trade Commission (ITC) is responding to a lawsuit brought about by SolarWorld and Suniva (U.S. module manufacturers) that low cost imported (i.e. Chinese) solar modules have hurt their competitiveness, so they are asking for a tariff on imported solar panels to ‘level the playing field’. Many pro-solar groups are opposing these tariffs, as they will increase the dollar-per-watt cost of installed solar power systems, and very negatively impact job growth in the solar sector – which had been bourgeoning in the past few years. In fact, it is estimated that 1 out of 50 new jobs is in the renewable energy sector. The ITC has approved tariffs, but it will be up the President Trump to set the rate; those of us in the industry are waiting to see what will happen, and many jobs are on hold pending the decision. It sounds like costs may go up 10% to as much as 40%. For more information visit:  https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2017/10/31/breaking-usitc-recommends-quotas-tariffs-on-crystalline-silicon-solar-imports/  

Renewable Energy (and related) news bites

             1912 Warning on coal cuasing climate change

 

QUOTABLE QUOTES:

  • When autumn darkness falls, what we will remember are the small acts of kindness: a cake, a hug, an invitation to talk, and every single rose. These are all expressions of a nation coming together and caring about its people.
    --Jens Stoltenberg
  • Designers want me to dress like Spring, in billowing things. I don't feel like Spring. I feel like a warm red Autumn.
    --Marilyn Monroe
  • The cost of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.
    –Ralph Nader
  • The spring, summer, is quite a hectic time for people in their lives, but then it comes to autumn, and to winter, and you can't but help think back to the year that was, and then hopefully looking forward to the year that is approaching.
    –Enya
  • A kestrel can and does hover in the dead calm of summer days, when there is not the faintest breath of wind. He will, and does, hover in the still, soft atmosphere of early autumn, when the gossamer falls in showers, coming straight down as if it were raining silk.
    --Richard Jefferies
  • I love nuclear energy! It's just that I prefer fusion to fission. And it just so happens that there's an enormous fusion reactor safely banked a few million miles from us. It delivers more than we could ever use in just about 8 minutes. And it's wireless!
    --Unknown
  • I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show.
    -- Andrew Wyeth
  • There has been a systematic repression of solar energy. It seems pretty funny to me that the government, if it is completely neutral--why wouldn't they pursue this far safer alternative of solar energy with the same intent that they pursue nuclear energy? Solar power is the last energy resource that isn't owned yet--nobody taxes the sun yet.
    --Bonnie Raitt
  • The problem with winter sports is that--follow me closely here--they generally take place in winter.
    --Dave Barry
  • If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
    --Anne Bradstreet