Welcome to our Website!
Don & Sue Watkins
If the title is a bit misleading eventually we will offer
some ideas for saving energy. I designed and built my own solar
passive home in 1981 and I used every method and idea I could to have a
home that would consume the least amount of energy.
Our home has saved us enormously over the years by simply being well insulated and situated in a woodsy area. Our own land provides us
with plenty of wood to burn in both our upstairs and downstairs
stoves. We have an oil furnace for backup on only the coldest winter
days consuming less than 100 gallons of fuel oil per year. Although we do
burn wood the house is also heated by the sun on clear days. The
south side faces 10 degrees west of south and at Christmas last year the
temperature inside the house was 78 degrees and the wood stoves were not
burning. Last year we also started to use 100 % Bio-diesel in our
furnace and it worked perfectly. I cut the line from the outside
tank and introduced the bio-diesel from a 30 gallon heavy duty barrel to
the pump on the burner. From what I had read I thought I might have
a problem with the seals on the pump, and I even bought a new Webster pump
to be safe, but not one single problem appeared. Incidentally, I
produced the bio-diesel we used in our furnace myself. The furnace
burned so clean it even got rid of the soot from the petroleum oil that was in the
I have been retired now since March 09, so I will have a little more time to spend on new or old
Check in from time to time. I hope I won't disappoint!
Our boat "Ruby
Slipper" now floats from her mooring in North Cove in Old Saybrook.
41 17.338N, 72 21.904W
The boat is a Cal 25, and was
manufactured by Jensen Marine from California in 1973. We have been
racing her this year and have already completed several at the time of
Wish us luck!
Thanks for visiting.