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7/9/2012 2:11:00 PM
Saving money ... and the earth
CSL manís book details how to become 100% utility independent
Kyle Loshure holds the book he authored that he hopes will help others go green and become utility independent. The coverís background is a solar panel pattern.
Kyle Loshure holds the book he authored that he hopes will help others go green and become utility independent. The coverís background is a solar panel pattern.
At his family home, Kyle William Loshure saves on utilities like few others ever have. He estimates he spends $4,000 less per year than the average home owner on electricity, heating and water.

"It's insane what we spend on utilities," said the Country Squire Lakes man. "That's around a quarter million dollars in a lifetime. I want to help people so they don't have to do that and to make this a greener world."

Loshure, 39, wrote a book, "Solar Independent Utility Systems Manual (A Greener Way of Living)" that explains how people can become 100 percent utility independent. Based on his own experience, common sense and pure science, the work details how homeowners can go nearly totally green.

Released a year ago, the book is being sold by its publisher, AuthorHouse of Bloomington, Ind., in hardback, softback and e-editions at prices ranging from $19.95 to $29.95.

In addition, "Solar Independent Utility Systems Manual" is available for loan at the Jennings County Public Library as well as many other library systems throughout the country, according to Loshure. It is also in the Library of Congress, Loshure proudly added.

"It's a short book, only 107 pages not including the glossary and index," Loshure noted. "It contains general information on a conglomeration of many technologies that is fully cited. Someone who is mechanically inclined almost to the engineering level could use the information to do what I have done. Others could get some help to incorporate the information to make their own systems."

Utility independence is not a pipe dream, according to Loshure. He uses propane as a backup to his home heating system "which I'm not proud of" and sometimes purchases bottled water for his family of five. His home is also on a sewer system, but for brown water only. Otherwise, Loshure says, his house is 100 percent utility independent.

Loshure has invested around $2,500 in solar panels and a battery system to provide the electricity in his house, where he says he has not had an electrical bill for 10 years. Hot air panels and wood are used for heat, with occasional propane; with wood also used for cooking.

Water is collected from rain and and underground spring. A geothermal system provides cooling.

"During this heat wave, my geothermal system has kept our home 20 degrees cooler than it is outside," Loshure said. "It's not as cool as conventional air conditioning, but it's still much more comfortable than no air conditioning at all. It's not perfect yet, but I'm still working on it."

The book is subject specific so people can key on the technology that they want to.

"I did that for a reason," Loshure explained. "Time is money and people have short attention spans."

Much of the book concentrates on solar energy, or sun electricity as Loshure sometimes calls it. With his system, he has no power failures like those on electrical grids often have to endure, sometimes for days.

"Electrical outages are a terrible inconvenience that can be avoided," Loshure said. "My grandfather suffered a stroke because of a power failure, for example, and died five years later."

Loshure completed solar energy certification schools in Florida (at a University of Florida session affiliated with NASA), Colorado and Minnesota. He also learned from the school of hard knocks

"Failures have been some of my greatest learning experiences," Loshure said. "When you're learning, you're living."

The inventors and scientists Loshure briefly writes about in his book - Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein - also learned from failures, he noted.

Loshure grew up in Ellettsville, graduated from Brown County High School and is an Army National Guard veteran. He has lived in Jennings County for 21 years. He and his wife, Amber Nicole Smith-Loshure, who helped him write the book, have three boys.

"I have severe dyslexia, so my wife made this book possible," Kyle Loshure said. "I gave her the information and she wrote it. She made it all very simple for people to understand."

Because of the dyslexia, Loshure qualifies for disability benefits, he said. His full-time job is working on his "green" systems at his home and, for the past few years, formulating and writing his book.

So far, Loshure said he has barely broken even on the tome.

"I think I've made 13 bucks on the book to date," he laughed. "Sure, I'd like to make more money, but that's not why I wrote this book. I did it because I don't want my knowledge lost when I'm gone and I want to help people."

The book is dedicated to "the cause of a moneyless society and to all who want to save our planet."

That, according to Loshure, says it all.

Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Article comment by: Guy Quate

If our government really cared, we would all have solar panels on our roof tops to supply our homes with electricity. That is the last thing the want us to have. If we had that, they would lose billions of dollars. We can't have that, now can we? They want us all to keep paying them money. They're all crooks. The banks, the courthouse, the judges, the lawyers, the cops all should be in jail for racketeering. They are no better than the mob. They are the mob!

Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2012
Article comment by: Andrew Rodriguez

I appreciate this article and Mr. Loshure's efforts. This type of thinking will only become more and more relevant as we move into the future. One possible explanation for his current dearth of sales is the yawn-worthy title of his book. It both sounds and looks like a dry college engineering textbook (something most people try to avoid). Why not a title like "Energy Independence for the Green Age" or "The Solar Solution--One Man's Green Energy Crusade". I commend Mr. Loshure's work and his passion. It would be a shame for it to be sullied by subpar packaging.

Posted: Monday, July 9, 2012
Article comment by: Chris Swygart

He estimates he spends $4,000 less per year than the average home owner on electricity, heating and water.

That is funny because my total electric, heat and water is only $3,600 a year. I think his estimates are high.

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