If you are like me, you may be a little intimidated by the prospect of shopping for and buying land. Unlike traditional homes, there isn’t much help out there for people hoping to buy rural off grid land. After my two years long search for my own land, let me help you through this by sharing what I have learned through the process.
One big mistake people commonly make when design and setting up their own off grid or on grid solar system is to not take in to account proper panel angle. It may seem simple at first glance, but facing your panels at the wrong tilt can cost you a lot in lost power if you aren’t careful.
The first thought that many conversation minded individuals have after taking a shower is often, “how can I reuse all that water?” Using ‘grey water’ like bath water to irrigate your garden may be a good alternative, if you know the right shampoos to use that won’t hurt your plants.
Shade is the enemy of solar panels, but common in lush green homesteads and farmsteads of the off grid community. Even small amounts can destroy power output of solar systems. Let me walk you through what shade does to your solar system.
Nickel iron batteries are a century old technology that has profound potential impact for off grid energy systems. The weakest point of renewable energy production, batteries systems are typically expensive, fragile, toxic, and fail relatively quickly. Iron batteries, however, once the darling of famous inventor Thomas Edison, solve many of these problems and seem to be prefect for off grid energy systems.
Although there are a number of option for low power consumption refrigeration technologies when going off grid, there are none that tick all the boxes of a low cost, sustainable solution. In this articles I’ll introduce my DIY ultra efficient refrigerator / freezer design.
Leaving your old range behind can seem like an adventure to some. But, when it comes to sustainable, low cost, off grid cooking options, there is a wide variety of tasty and fun options that will make you wonder why you ever cooked with electric at all.
Until now, advancement in the human race has been largely a haphazard collection of minor improvements, leading to ever increasing knowledge fragmentation and specialization. All of our technology, laws, and customs have become so complex that it is difficult for any to understand more than just a tiny fragment of what is going on.
To the uninitiated, there can be a bewildering amount of terminology surrounding electricity and electronics. Below I’m going to give a simple description of the most basic terms you need to know to understand and set up your off grid electrical system.
From the outset, it may seem that Off Grid or Permaculture is a regressive ideology, seeking out the past rather than the future. In reality, history teaches us that the methodologies of the “homesteader” or the only way to ensure that technology persists and grows in to the future. Lets take a walk though the past and dream of an amazing “off grid” future.
To some the idea of becoming self-sufficient seems silly, or even overly paranoid. But, only a bit of tentative research in to the topic shows that developing the ability to live without the grid is a prudent move. The expectation that our age of abundance can last indefinitely has been repeatedly proved foolish in the annals of history. But, beyond even that, the tonic of self-reliance and personal responsibility holds the promise of even greater years to come.
The first thing people think of when they consider going off grid is the cost of installing solar panels to meet their power needs. But, when budgeting for such a system, it can be hard figure out what you actually need, and how to save money. I’ve done the research for you, and give a plane answer to how much solar power will actually cost.
The dream of living off grid, cutting off the utility bills, and returning to a freedom rarely found in our generation is one that many people have. But, it can be daunting to get started. That’s why I wrote this simple guide to get you started.
For many off gridders, growing and hunting the food is the fun part but the real challenge begins when you try to store it for later. Nature dictates that food is much more plentiful part of the year, and so those who wish to live freely and independently from the industrial food system need to know how to stock up their pantry for good eating all year long.
When getting started with an off grid property, often the first question you might have is, “What do zoning laws allow me to do with my property.” Often, this questions can be hard to answer. Follow along and I’ll share everything I’ve learned about sleuthing out zoning ordinances over the years.
With living off the grid become more and more popular, you may be wondering exactly what an off grid home means. Although off grid homes can mean many things to many people, I’ll walk you through the simple definitions below.
Although you may not have heard the word Yurt before, you have probably seen these iconic round structures. They are increasingly popular as semi-permanent and permanent off grid structures, who’s low cost and DIY friendly construction mean that debt-free living is possible for anyone. Let me walk you through everything you need to know about yurts to get started.
For off grid and permaculturists, reusing mildly dirty water in a “grey water” systems is a no brainer since it saves money, conserves water, and finds a use for every waste. But, for the beginner it can be a little scary, because you don’t want to accidentally poison your plants in the process. Don’t worry, using grey water safely can be very simple, and I’ll walk you through what you need to know.
Off grid is a term that many people see now below pictures of quaint farm houses and cabins in the woods. But what exactly is off grid?
For those of us still paying for water to drink, wash in, and irregate our plants, the idea of collecting free rain water from our roofs seems naturally appealing. There is a lot of confusion out there about the best way to harvest and store the water that falls naturally on your roof. But it doesn’t have to be that hard.
For many the idea of going off grid seems like a unubtainable dream. But, let me be the first to tell you that going off grid can be obtained without owning land, and without having a lot of money in the bank. All you need is a few creative ideas to get started.