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Free calls and wi-fi – forever

00   If you are not paying rent or a mortgage then your cellphone bill is your biggest expense, right? Wrong. Remember the early days of Internet wi-fi? You could go just about anywhere with your laptop and find a wi-fi … Continued

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Water and Energy shedding

00   We know all about load shedding and we’ve been warned about water shedding. So what do we do about it? According to rainwater harvesting specialist Patrick Rosslee, a good idea is to have your own tank – the biggest … Continued

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In UK and US – fears of winter blackouts

00   PANAPRESS & D Tel: – What does New York City have in common with London? They are both threatened by ageing power plants and failing Nuclear reactors that might plunge the world’s twin financial centres into darkness if there … Continued

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America’s Fugitive Family star on UK TV

00   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 … Continued

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Living in a Fire Truck

0-1    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.

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Great Autos for the Boonies

00   Getting away from it all – really away – is harder than most would like to think. I went to an off-grid festival last month at Thoulestone Park, and all I could hear was the hum of the nearby … Continued

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Water-cooled solar panel

00   A new solar harvester that can provide power and clean water is in the works. Its hardly suprising that panels can overheat in the very sun that powers them, and the innovation is a way of cooling the panels. … Continued

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Greedy power companies in Queensland

00   By David French – journalist on the Queensland Times (a greedy newspaper) RATHER than embracing change, the owner-custodians of Queensland’s power industry have treated it as a cash cow. They have milked the assets for cash, failing to invest … Continued

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What do you miss about living off-grid?

00   A BBC pop-up asks folks living in Colorado what they miss about leaving the grid behind. Its a nice compilation of radio voices, with scenic Colorado mountain views and a jaunty sound track – find the link on the … Continued

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Looking for Real Families living off the grid

00   The 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 … Continued

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Off the Grid and On the Cloud

00    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 … Continued