Make a wish, believe in it
by WRETHAOFFGRID on SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 - 1 Comment in SPIRIT, WRETHA

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As the end of summer slides past us, the days are getting shorter and cooler. Our rainy season has all but ended,  the last few days has been almost dreamy, with low hanging clouds and ground fog rolling through, cool and damp, the smell of wood smoke in the air from the first warming fires of the season tickle my nose, we settle into the end of our 7th year living off grid, this December will start our 8th year, time has flown by so quickly, sometimes I have a hard time remembering my life before moving off grid, and that is just fine with me. (more…)

Looking for Real Families living off the grid
by NICK ROSEN on SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 - 3 Comments in OFF-GRID 101

alaska bush peopleThe success of Alaska Bush people on Discovery TV has pushed off-grid living up the agenda. But its another example of choosing off-grid people because they are half-crazed and will say things the media love.

We are looking for Real families – who do not talk like Jess Ventura – who live TOTALLY off the grid – away from the system – using guns rather than washing machines, solar panels and not cellphones.

Please send photos now – contact nick@off-grid.net

Small budget, big dream, small home
by WRETHAOFFGRID on SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 - 0 Comments in PEOPLE, WRETHA

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After graduating from college, Dave Herrle got a desk job. He hated every minute of it. But in 2007, while hiking along the Appalachian Trail, Dave got a whole new perspective on the benefits of living a simple life. There in the woods, he promised himself that he wouldn’t spend anymore of his life doing a job that he didn’t enjoy. He also decided to build the home of his dreams. (more…)

National Grid condemns NY families to cold winter
by SUPERJOE on SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 - 0 Comments in ENERGY

ShiveringThe effects of the polar vortex last winter are still lingering in Upstate New York, where 24,000 households had their power shut off in June and July due to unpaid bills, reports Syracuse.com.

The utility National Grid terminated “more accounts in both June and July than it has in any month for at least nine years,” reports Syracuse.com. The recent spike in terminations comes as more people are unable to pay for gas and electricity this year in the wake of one of the coldest winters in recent memory. The electrical grid and gas pipeline system in New York and New England was on the verge of failing last winter due to frigid temperatures and inadequate pipeline infrastructure. Natural gas prices skyrocketed as there wasn’t enough pipeline capacity to get to fuel in the region. Syracuse.com reports that National Grid customers paid $316 million for power in March 2014, up from $203 million in Month 2013. (more…)

London party for Finding Infinity
by SPY_VONDEGA on SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 - 0 Comments in EVENTS, SOLAR

Vivienne-Westwood-UK-in-France-via-Flickr-260x173London, 4 September 2014 – Fashion Designer Vivienne Westwood held the first of a series of solar-powered parties to promote the use of renewable energy.

The designer teamed with Ross Harding of a social enterprise that promotes renewable energy, Finding Infinity, and a U.K. crowdfunding platform, Trillion Fund, for a party called Off the Grid, which took place in east London at Snap Studios. (more…)

Fermented foods
by WRETHAOFFGRID on SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 - 1 Comment in FOOD, WRETHA
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Earlier today, after church, I was getting ready to lay down to take a nap, the radio was playing softly in the background, I typically don’t care for what is played on the only local radio station we can get, it’s a bit too liberal for my tastes, but they were playing a show that I enjoy, it was America’s Test Kitchen, a show I used to watch on TV and am still getting used to listening to it on the radio.

Today’s show was all about fermented foods, something that I am getting more and more interested in, fermenting takes ordinary foods and turns them into super foods as well as helping them store for longer periods of time-preserving food. Fermentation has been something that has done for generations, from creating wine, spirits and beer, to pickles, sauerkraut, yogurt, kimchi, and many other foods & drink. (more…)

Invisible Woman re-elected
by NICK ROSEN on SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 - 1 Comment in EVENTS

Media conspiracy  - or are the Green just so boring they send everyone to sleep

Green gathering – Natalie who?

They just don’t get it do they?

The Green Party, once the repository for the hopes and dreams of UK environmentalists, continues to do everything it can to make itself unelectable.

The party conference currently being held somewhere in the UK just announced they re-elected the existing leader to be leader again. In a tacit recognition that nobody had noticed, the press release reminds us that the Invisible Woman is named Natalie Bennet and she has two other equally invisible deputies.

Ms Bennet has the added feature of speaking in an Australian accent – which most voters find incredibly confusing. To lead a British political party is to apply to lead the British nation. On the Today programme this morning listeners were asking – “why is some Ozzie lecturing us about the environment? – They can’t even keep their own country clean.” (more…)

Now I’m a working gal – blog post
by WRETHAOFFGRID on SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 - 0 Comments in WORK, WRETHA
Long stretches of lonely west Texas roads...

Long stretches of lonely west Texas roads…

We have been living 100% off grid since December ’07, before leaving our old life, we both worked jobs, he had his restaurant equipment repair business, I was employed by Best Buy as a merchandiser and worked at Curves (a gym for women) on a very part time basis. Now I’m sitting here in my off grid sky castle, getting ready to go to bed, sipping on sweet hot caramel flavored coffee. I look forward to going to work early in the morning, something I haven’t done in 7 years. (more…)

Building up
by WRETHAOFFGRID on AUGUST 31, 2014 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY, WRETHA

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This young family lives in Portland Oregon on a half lot, their home is very small by most standards, preferring to build UP instead of spreading around. They took a 407 square foot-print, made it 3 levels, they combine some living areas and omitted others.
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