In winter, how does that work? I mean, how do you melt it, store it - the process? I assume it is automated? That's good looking green house! How far North are you? Is that Windmill in the back yours also? I assume it is active and generating power? Is that common now in the area? I did a bit of research on wind power in Alaska and remember it appears viable in a good portion of the state. "How much electricity do you think you really need? The human race did without it for many, many years...You will learn to conserve it.... And everything else..." Yes they did and duly noted but I lived too many damn years in third-world countries and like the fact of living in the 21st century again. LOL! Okay, I admit - I like spoiling myself and I like having excess electric, water and the rest... Call me spoiled but I have a 1500 gallon water cistern with water coming from a well that is ~425 feet deep and I like having that much clean water and not having to worry about it. Can I do it? Sure. Did it. We constantly planned on losing electric and water 2-5 times a week or doing without... I never knew or even thought that Alaska would have water issues. We have to drill deep here (as shown above) due to we are above (in altitude) a major lake area and some places in the area (North Idaho) do have real hard bedrock so difficult to get to water but as a norm its everywhere.