Australian Micro-Grids challenge Utilities
by TECHSTAR on NOVEMBER 23, 2014 - 0 Comments in ENERGY

comm-powera3The penetration of rooftop solar in Australia tells the story of just how keen consumers are to generate their own electricity. But some are going a step further by managing the flow of their own energy usage through microgrids and smart grids.

“Once a household or business has a solar panel on the roof, or a home storage battery, they are no longer a passive consumer,” says Mark Coughlin (more…)

‘Risking it All’ TV series sees families downshift
by SALLY BUCHAN on NOVEMBER 19, 2014 - 0 Comments in PEOPLE

A decent show about off-grid families, for once – started Tuesday at 10 p.m, TLC, in which three families sell virtually everything in their modern lives and move out where there’s no Internet, no technology, no nothing.

Some viewers may conclude that however annoying those junk emails may get and however much they hate the way their kids seem to be online 24/7, there’s a lot about the modern world we like. But others will be empowered to try it for themselves. (more…)

Waste oil heaters
by WRETHAOFFGRID on NOVEMBER 16, 2014 - 0 Comments in WRETHA

cold!Winter is here, all the way down here in far west Texas, tonight it will get down into the low 20s(F), definitely wood stove fire weather, along with some good warm gear to wear and sleep in. Thermal underwear is my constant companion day and night, well more night than day, we often get up to a comfortable temperature during the day as long as the sun is shining, but I must remember, before the sun goes down to change into my night clothes, for as soon as the sun sets, the temps drop like a rock into an ice bucket. (more…)

How to grow a Sky Castle
by WRETHAOFFGRID on NOVEMBER 13, 2014 - 0 Comments in WRETHA

Ever wonder how a sky castle grows? One room at a time :)
In this case, this “room” was a semi enclosed deck between the bedroom and the laundry room. Like many homes out in my neck of the woods, people will build a deck, then enclose it, creating a new room, them add another deck, and enclose it, that makes for some interestingly organic homes, I know, I’ve been in many of them.


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America’s Fugitive Family star on UK TV
by NICK ROSEN on NOVEMBER 12, 2014 - 0 Comments in PEOPLE

The Grays - Armed and Dangerous - to star on TV

Grandchildren – innocent victims

In another portrayal of off-gridders as Raving Monsters, British Channel 4 has secured access to controversial American family The Grays, who have spent the last 14 years living off-grid in a heavily armed compound in Texas.

The 60-minute doc includes exclusive access to the family, who live outside Gun Barrel City in Texas, and was filmed over several months. (more…)

It’s not too soon…
by WRETHAOFFGRID on NOVEMBER 8, 2014 - 0 Comments in WRETHA


October is gone, November is here, it’s getting dark earlier (for those of us in the Northern hemisphere), it’s getting cold…. it’s also getting closer to more of those holidays that call for gathering together and gifts. For us, the gatherings will not be so full of people, that’s one of the disadvantages (or some might call it an advantage) of living far from family. But with the various delivery options available to us, the gifts part is still a big part of the holidays. (more…)

Hawaii Electric takes control of Oahu solar panels
by TECHSTAR on NOVEMBER 5, 2014 - 0 Comments in SOLAR

Utility companies control access to solar feed-in to the grid

Salt Lake homes, Oahu – hostages of local Utility

A Hawaiian Electricity Company is putting up huge obstacles to individuals who want solar panels on their roofs, driving many of them to go completely off grid.

The company says it has a plan to interconnect thousands of rooftop solar energy systems on Oahu by December 2015. But that has been put on hold because of safety and reliability issues. (more…)

Buying your own land
by WRETHAOFFGRID on NOVEMBER 5, 2014 - 0 Comments in WRETHA

Buying land, it’s something you will be doing if you want to homestead or go off grid on your own. Personally I wouldn’t want to “go in” with other people, there are just to many potential issues with sharing property. I also understand that different people have different ideas on how they want to live, either way these videos have some great advice on buying your own land. I enjoy watching what LaMar Alexander has to say about living off grid and getting your own property. The great thing is LaMar actually LIVES the life, he speaks with authority and from experience.

Off grid guests
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The guys on the tower…

Moving to and setting up your off grid home, it’s most likely in an out of the way, rural, scenic spot, a place that is often seen as a good place to vacation, especially by your family and friends. Usually though, your setup tends to be sparse, spartan, utilitarian, rough, nonstandard, even primitive… and often rather small. More like camping than living, for you that is fine, even desirable, but for your potential guests, it can be daunting, the things you have gotten used to may be foreign to your visitors, but if you are patient, explain things well and consider it fun and unique, your visitors will have a good time and go home with great memories of their vacation. (more…)

Living in a Fire Truck
by NICK ROSEN on OCTOBER 31, 2014 - 1 Comment in PEOPLE


Forester Simon Danant started living in his 1980s Bedford truck last summer. Its a former Army fire engine.

He moves it around Cambridgeshire, living behind hedges or down green lanes for a week or two at a time. (more…)

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