Portable tiny house and airstream-ish office
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 24, 2014 - 1 Comment in MOBILE, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, URBAN, WRETHA

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Ann Holley wanted to create an off-grid, transportable tiny house that would be technically an RV, but with an aesthetic that wouldn’t feel like living in an RV. What she created with her partner Darren Macca is a 125-square-foot “stick built” home with a cedar exterior and a refreshing and expanding all-white interior. “Living in something the size of an RV doesn’t actually have to be like living in an RV,” explains Holley. (more…)

Clearing Weeds Without Chemicals
by NICOLA on JULY 22, 2014 - 0 Comments in SELF-SUFFICIENCY

The pathways at my off-grid home are overgrown with weeds, so one of my biggest projects is clearing space.

First, I look at what the plants are, and determine whether it’s truly a weed or if it’s a food or medicine plant. If the plant is food or medicine, I think about whether the plant is truly in my way. Can I go around it? Is it going to grow to be very large? Are there more of this plant nearby? If the plant doesn’t have a negative impact on the space, I leave it alone. If there is only one, I might move it instead of kill it.

The big clumps of grass taking over the driveway and the trail to the outdoor bathroom have to go. (more…)

Local pols nix home in a field
by SUPERJOE on JULY 22, 2014 - 1 Comment in COMMUNITY, EVENTS

A dead Bat will not save him from eviction

Jonathan HIll -hopes have died

A man who built a straw bale house in his own field without planning permission has been ordered to tear it down and become homeless

Jonathan Martin, 51, of Waterbrook, Limeburn Hill, Chew Magna, was taken to court by Bath and North East Somerset Council for the second time in seven months because he had failed to act on an enforcement order to demolish the house and return the land to its original state.
He branded the second court by the local authority “absolutely ridiculous” and said he had told the council that the presence of roosting bats had delayed removing the structure. (more…)

Total Luxury with no Utilities
by SALLY BUCHAN on JULY 22, 2014 - 0 Comments in EVENTS

Zanzibar, Tanzania new hotelA luxury hotel with no mains utilities is being built on the island of Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania.

The Uzuri Hotel Resort, anticipated to open in early 2016, will be a village resort including 60 individual cabanas and five larger villas, together with restaurants, bars, yoga, meditation spaces and massage cabanas.

The cabanas will make use of shade and sea breeze to help create a natural ventilation system within the hotel interiors. Rain water will be harvested and two wells will be built on site to pump salty water into a desalination plant, supplying clean, fresh water to the whole resort. (more…)

Delivery Van to RV for £6000
by VEG-HEAD on JULY 22, 2014 - 0 Comments in MOBILE

RV conversionThe ordinary-looking blue van has a chimney protruding from the roof.
This leads down to a wood burner in the former window-glazing truck, which a pair of university graduates have converted into an RV.

Stuart Humphreys, 24, and Claire Bragg, 25, from Leeds spent just over £6,000 and two years transforming their second-hand van into what will be their home while they travel around Europe.

FROM TRANSIT VAN TO RV – COST (more…)

UK industry weaning itself from the grid
by TECHSTAR on JULY 22, 2014 - 0 Comments in ENERGY

British business lobby group Confederation of British Industry says UK manufacturers are looking to generate their own power to sidestep fears of rising energy prices and threats to supply security.

Nicola Walker, director of business environment at the CBI said more and more firms are going off-grid, especially in energy intensive industries.

A CBI survey showed over half of businesses believed the UK’s energy security has declined over the past five years, reflecting a 2013 report by Ofgem that showed capacity margins would be at a historic low next winter. (more…)

A bridge to Bobbage
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 20, 2014 - 1 Comment in OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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Living here going on 7 years and we still have to hike up to the sky castle, the reason is because of a seasonal creek that runs in front of the property near the road, it can be navigated if you have 4 wheel drive and the creek isn’t running (which it isn’t most of the year). It isn’t the water that makes it difficult though, it’s the depth of the creek bed. (more…)

Off the Grid and On the Cloud
by NICK ROSEN on JULY 16, 2014 - 0 Comments in MOBILE

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Why do we have the slogan “off the grid and on the cloud?”

Because we advocate combining ancient wisdom with the latest technology.

It’s great to be on your mountain hauling your own water to your homestead and chopping logs. Its also good to be able to earn a living on the net to support your eco-lifestyle. (more…)

30 signs that you’re one of those “Crazy Preppers”
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 16, 2014 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY, SPIRIT, WRETHA

Crazy-Preppers

With all the recent talk in the news about “Doomsday Preppers” and the demonization in the media, you have to be aware that you’re considered a little….different. The fact that you are self-reliant is such an oddity to most that, frankly, they find you to be either nuts, a little bit scary, or both. According to the US government, we are all extremists on the verge of committing depraved acts of terrorism.

 

Here are the top 30 signs, should you ever be the subject of a nationwide manhunt, that you too will be considered a “Crazy Prepper on the Loose“:

  1. Pantries are so mainstream…you have food stashed in strange places in every room of the house.
  2. You have enough toilet paper to get through a year of uncomfortable digestive upsets…occurring with 6 people simultaneously
  3. Speaking of which, you possess at least 3 different ways to use the bathroom, only one of which is an actual bathroom.

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