Posts by — Nick Rosen

A tale of two smallholdings
by NICK ROSEN on APRIL 24, 2014 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY, FOOD

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East Ruston – Growing together

The contrasting fortunes of two British smallholdings are a useful guide on how to succeed, and what NOT to do, if you are planning to grow your own food. (more…)

Why we oppose Wind Farms
by NICK ROSEN on APRIL 21, 2014 - 2 Comments in ENERGY

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Wind farms owners are rarely eco-friendly

For some politicians it is a badge of honor to come out in favor of wind farms. It allows them to suck up to green voters, while at the same time keeping in with big energy producers.

At off-grid.net we like wind turbines and solar panels, but we oppose large arrays of them. We believe in distributed power – consumed at the place of production.

Big wind farms attract big government subsidies, paid for out of taxes. Spending large amounts of public money adds to politicians sense of self-importance but in the case of solar or wind farms this money goes straight into the coffers of large companies, (more…)

Its not selfish to live off-grid
by NICK ROSEN on APRIL 21, 2014 - 1 Comment in COMMUNITY

The Arizona Daily Wildcat carries an article this morning questioning the whole idea of living off-grid. The author says it is selfish and ineffectual, that it would be far better to stay inside mainstream society and try to change it.

Leaving aside the question of whether the current celebrity obsessed, materialistic society is worth trying to change, its easy to understand why many prefer to BE the change, rather than merely argue for it.

Here are three reasons why its NOT selfish to live off-grid: (more…)

Building an off-grid village
by NICK ROSEN on APRIL 11, 2014 - 3 Comments in COMMUNITY

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I had an article on the Guardian web site today about a plan to build an off-grid village. It’s a very difficult thing to do in the UK because the powers-that-be are dead against it. But we have found a possible site in South Wales and we are looking for finance, and for pro bono help from lawyers, architects and housebuilders. (Contact nick@off-grid.net)
IF we do not succeed in raising finance for this project I will be trying to build an off-grid township in the USA where far more people live off grid already and there are fewer obstacles. (more…)

Regulator control of Banks weakens sharply
by NICK ROSEN on MARCH 29, 2014 - 0 Comments in EVENTS

Every bank should have one

Every bank should have one

The financial system is at even greater risk of crashing now that it was in the lead-up to the collapse of Lehman’s bank in 2008.

That is the conclusion of TWO separate reports issued in the past 24 hours, one from the Bank of England and the other from the US Federal Reserve.

The crisis is looming because Western banks have quietly expanded their lending in the less regulated Asian markets. And regulatory changes brought in amidst intense lobbying by the banks themselves, have made matters WORSE, by blurring the lines of oversight.

Six years after the crash, the financial system is no nearer to a transparent system whereby every transaction between banks can be traced and tracked, so that a dollar which goes into Citibank in New York, and then re-emerges out of the Caymans into UBS Zurich can be identified.

Scandalous but hardly surprising. (more…)

Home Disaster Preparedness Guide – Part 2
by NICK ROSEN on MARCH 24, 2014 - 0 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY

Thanks to Jessica Merritt for this fascinating guide In part 2 – surviving Earthquakes, Floods and Volcanoes.

Protect Your Home and Family from an Earthquake

More than three million earthquakes both small and large happen each year. On average, that’s an earthquake every 11 seconds. Though most are too weak to notice or take place in uninhabited areas, earthquakes in populated areas can be dangerous and destructive, causing property damage and injuries, even death.

It is impossible to predict when or where an earthquake will occur, so it’s best to be prepared ahead of time with adequate planning, supplies, and the knowledge you’ll need to protect your home and family. Taking small steps for earthquake home safety today can prevent injuries, death, and costly repairs later.

Preparing for an Earthquake

Know your risk: (more…)

Prepping for an Emergency – Home Disaster Guide
by NICK ROSEN on MARCH 23, 2014 - 0 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY

Survive floods, earthquakes, hurrricanes and  violence with this handy guide

Disaster expert Jessica Merritt

Thanks to Jessica Merritt for this comprehensive guide to surviving natural disasters. This is Part 1 -part 2 tomorrow.

Natural disasters affect every area of America, and no home is immune to the threat of emergencies. These disasters can threaten your property, even your life. And there are simple steps you can take to protect your home and family in the event of an emergency. We’ll share expert tips for preparing your home to survive tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, and floods. Being prepared for natural disasters and emergencies can protect your property — and it just might save your life. Be ready by following our guide to natural disaster preparedness.

Emergency Preparedness Basics

For any emergency, you’ll need the basics: a plan and an emergency kit. Be ready for natural disasters with these tips that apply for any emergency.

Home emergency plan: (more…)

Send us your Off-grid Selfies
by NICK ROSEN on MARCH 21, 2014 - 1 Comment in EVENTS, SELF-SUFFICIENCY

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Selfies round the world

Its time to put your head above the parapet – stand up for what you believe – let others know how GREAT it is to live off the grid and SHOW people the beauty of the life we have chosen to lead. SEND YOUR SELFIES to nick@0off-gird.net.

There are so many who doubt that off-grid community even exists, and who doubt that it is a viable lifestyle and doubt that they could do it themselves – even if the do believe in the viability of living off the grid.

PLEASE lets show the grid what we do, how we do it and who we are – - send us your selfies and we will showcase your lifestyle online – nick@off-grid.net. (more…)

Electricity disintermediated
by NICK ROSEN on MARCH 7, 2014 - 1 Comment in ENERGY

The Economist report on off-grid power

Energy Bunny, Happy Bunny

Economist newspaper runs a story today on off-grid power – saying its the future and the old utility model is dying.

Utilities’ profits are under threat as never before says The Economist – bible of the financial community in London and New York.

“Who needs the power grid when you can generate and store your own electricity cheaply and reliably?”

General Electric has recently opened an off-grid division bringing together parts of its transport, aviation and engines divisions, to meet what it calls a “$100 billion opportunity”. GE recently installed 24 lorry-engine power generators in Algeria, providing 30MW of power. It took six months, “but we could have done it in ten days,” claimed Lorraine Bolsinger, the corporate bullshit artist who heads GE’s new division.

Morgan Stanley predicts that ever-cheaper solar and other renewable-energy sources, combined with better and more plentiful batteries, will allow businesses and homes to cut out the middle man — the electricity providers. (more…)


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