Posts from — June 2010

Thinking about it for years now.
by XINAMARIE on JUNE 29, 2010 - 0 Comments in I WANT TO GO OFF GRID

One day, maybe….

Water price gouging in Queensland
by NICK ROSEN on JUNE 29, 2010 - 0 Comments in WATER

The cost for water and sewerage in Brisbane for the average household is now AU$2.59 a day. If you lived off the grid getting water trucked in could cost $2.23 to $2.30 a day.

Residents in the Moreton Bay Regional Council area were facing a rise of between 27 and 66 per cent from July 1 until the local council stepped in to subsidise it. (more…)

Seeing it first hand
by XINAMARIE on JUNE 28, 2010 - 2 Comments in I WANT TO GO OFF GRID

I have thought about going off grid for years but would like to see a successful model of it myself. Anyone nearby that would like to share?

Killed by the Grid
by VEG-HEAD on JUNE 26, 2010 - 2 Comments in EVENTS

Errr, sorry?

In New Hampshire, the big power companies had the regulator in their pockets for a long time.  Not any more.

National Grid said this week it followed proper procedures when it shut off the power of a Salem woman who depended on an oxygen machine to breathe. That woman, Kay Phaneuf, died Thursday night. And those procedures that National Grid is so proud of, they may have been watered down after industry lobbying of the state regulators. Now the Governor of New Hampshire is finally forcing the Utilites to act. (more…)
Escaping the rat race
by NICK ROSEN on JUNE 25, 2010 - 6 Comments in COMMUNITY

Vonnie Mallon used to be Visual Director at Urban Outfitters. Now she lives in an Earthship in New Mexico. “They knew how to take more than you can give,” says Vonnie of her old employer.
But Vonnie was not forced out – she left while her career trajectory was still on the up. She had realized that if she wanted her marriage to work then she had to be home more, and that the money and stuff she got from working was worse than useless if she did not have a happy relationship. (more…)

Off Grid in BC
by ROB CHIPMAN on JUNE 25, 2010 - 5 Comments in I WANT TO HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE OFF-GRID

I want to help people find off the grid homesites in BC, especially cool and remote ones in the Cariboo/Chilcotin.

I know a lot about buying and selling real estate in British Columbia, and I know the Chilcotin/Cariboo quite well. Check out www.bushpilotproperties.com for properties I’m selling.

Australia comes around to composting
by JULIENNE DOLPHIN WIL on JUNE 24, 2010 - 0 Comments in ENERGY

Power to the poople (sic)

From the Sydney Morning Herald:

Sanitation professionals – says Rose George in The Big Necessity; the Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why it Matters – divide cultures into the faeco-philiac and the faeco-phobic. India, excepting cow-dung, is the latter. China is the former. China has fertilised with human excrement for 4000 years.

This regard for excrement as treasure no doubt explains the dearth of scatological swear words in Chinese languages. (more…)

Green UK bank nears launch
by ROSARIO on JUNE 24, 2010 - 0 Comments in WORK

Ingrid Holmes

As we forecast last month, plans for the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) are gathering momentum.

GIB is shaping up to be a “Super-quango” spearheading one trillion British pounds of investment in the green infrastructure. The US could learn from the plan — it will have a clear remit to focus on investments that grow the green economy, and is less likely to fall for greenwash proposals. (more…)

London Mayor – from hogwash to greenwash
by NICK ROSEN on JUNE 23, 2010 - 0 Comments in ENERGY, PEOPLE

Boris - don't believe a word this man says

London’s chatterbox Mayor, Boris Johnson has announced he will run for a second term, but he will have a disappointed electorate to deal with.  Boris has failed to make an impact on London life in anything except PR coverage.  His most lasting memorial will be the stone ping-pong tables erected in many of London’s parks.

Others will comment on his failures in housing, transport and business. This web site was excited by his promise, when he was running for office, that he would “take London off grid.”

Indeed there were plans already afoot to do just that, (more…)


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