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“$1m” Tree House under threat
by AMY SUAREZ on MARCH 14, 2014 - 1 Comment in URBAN

Wenatchee Treehouse in danger of demolition by local council

The Treehouse that Zeb built

A family in Wenatchee, WA have been told they can only keep their tree house if they takes out a $1M insurance policy in case it falls down

Zeb Postelwait built a tree house for his young sons in the front yard but the council say it is a threat to public safety.
Postelwait disagrees, says it is secure and does not obstruct the sidewalk. The council says that if Postelwait does not remove it, they will have an engineer appraise it, obtain an order to remove it and tear it down – and send him the bill for all costs. (more…)

UK energy firms kept £400m when customers closed accounts
by AMY SUAREZ on FEBRUARY 28, 2014 - 0 Comments in ENERGY

Electriity companies are thieves

Big six thieves

The “big six” energy firms have been told to hand back more than £400m owed to customers when they switch accounts and forget to reclaim overpayments from regular monthly payments.

Credit left in customer accounts when people and businesses move or switch suppliers has accumulated over the last six years, energy regulator Ofgem said today on BBC Radio.

The energy regulator, which says its estimates are the minimum owed, has called the amount “unacceptably large”. Industry lobby group UK Energy claimed that it can be hard to trace customers who move, but did not deny that they never even try.

Ofgem thinks 3.5 million domestic and 300,000 business accounts are affected. (more…)

BBC- British Bullying Corporation
by AMY SUAREZ on FEBRUARY 6, 2014 - 0 Comments in PEOPLE, SPIRIT

Martin Davidson old fart, Lord Hall old fart

Martin Davidson’s BBC “output”

The BBC recently announced the sacking of one of its radio presenters and of channel boss Janice Hadlow. But her husband Martin Davidson remained in post despite presiding over decades of mediocre programming.

Now the full mediocrity of his work has been revealed — Davidson presided over the latest BBC season of films about the First World War, and they all bear the unmistakable tinge of old farts. This will have endeared him to biggest fart of all – Lord Tony Hall the BBC DG

Davidson has created a series of truly awful BBC dramas about WW1 – playing at prime time they are more suited to Open University than national TV.

Siberian hermit seeks a Christian friend with benefits
by AMY SUAREZ on JANUARY 24, 2014 - 6 Comments in SELF-SUFFICIENCY

Lonely woman seeks companion - own home

Siberia can be a lonely place

An elderly Christian woman who has lived alone for 26 years in Siberia is appealing for someone to live with her because she is lonely.
Agafya Lykova, who is now nearly 70, is the sole survivor of the Lykov family who decided to cut themselves off from civilisation in 1936.
But she has wrote to a Siberian newspaper begging for another Christian to come and live with her at her home which is hundreds of miles from its nearest town.
She wrote: ‘I don’t know how God will help me survive the winter. (more…)

Fleece jackets for the cold snap
by AMY SUAREZ on DECEMBER 29, 2013 - 0 Comments in SHOP

They may not be the statement jacket of the season, yet a fleece pullover or jacket is a great investment for your winter wardrobe. It could save you up to a hundred bucks in the first year of use alone – the extra layer can cut your heating bill when you are home as well as keep you warm when running out to meet friends.

There are many great fleece jackets out there, and the prices vary widely – the main differences are in the level of warmth they provide and how good they look.

One of the lowest priced on the market does both – looking good and having a high warmth level – at under $20 plus delivery, Dickies Men’s Polar Fleece, Dark Gray, Medium offers value.

Its not super-stylish, but its not ugly either. (more…)

The Yearling
by AMY SUAREZ on DECEMBER 17, 2013 - 0 Comments in SPIRIT

offthegridnews survival,preppingIts “The Year of The Yearling,” the seventy-fifth-anniversary celebration of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’s 1938 novel about a young boy whose pet deer unwittingly threatens the survival of his family farm.

The Yearling has been described as a magnificent, transparent, slow-moving river. Its style is direct and free of fireworks, its subjects planted at the beginnings of the sentences, solid as potatoes.In 1945 it was made into a motion picture starring Gregory Peck.

The Yearling reflects a world we’re losing, and does so in an orgy of carnage. (more…)

Pools of light and off-grid comfort
by AMY SUAREZ on DECEMBER 11, 2013 - 3 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, SPIRIT

ethnography of candlelightThis site is dedicated to showing how you can live off the grid in comfort and style without costing the earth. Lighting is fairly crucial part of that. Being able to snap on the light when you come home is just as important to off-gridders as to those who are grid-connected.

Light is expensive, energy-hungry, and vital to our happiness – especially at this time of year. And there is a large degree of unanimity amongst off-gridders about what makes good lighting and how to achieve it.

When you live off-grid, electric lighting is not something you can take for granted. The means for controlling natural and artificial light and thus achieving visual comfort are not as well-established in the Unplugged community. But the off-grid aesthetic is now spreading to the plugged-in community.

So how do off-gridders light their homes to maximise the gain and minimise the cost? (more…)

Save Money on Gas/Electricity
by AMY SUAREZ on DECEMBER 7, 2013 - 1 Comment in ENERGY, OFF-GRID 101, WATER

beat electrcity/gas price rises. Save money on utulities, save money on energy

Good idea for Xmas

Time for a selection of Christmas Gifts for our ON-Grid friends and family. Here’s how to help others save money on energy bills during these cold, dark winter days as bills are going up.

Though price rises are as inevitable as winter, they are a reminder on why its sensible to be off the grid, and also a reason for your less fortunate cousins to check their energy use.

To help them shave large chunks off their energy bills, we’ve put together a guide to this year’s best energy-saving gadgets.

Philips Hue Wi-Fi lo-energy bulbs

Year round maintenance tips for small engines
by AMY SUAREZ on DECEMBER 2, 2013 - 0 Comments in OFF-GRID 101

spark plugs, fuel, filters, Go

Spark-plug, fuel, filter…Go

Power equipment, especially two stroke engines in like generators, snow blowers and lawnmowers are built to do a specific job and in most cases do it well. But when a piece of equipment doesn’t perform as it should, or not at all, you might regret not having spent a few minutes a month on preventative measures.

Proper engine maintenance and on- and off-season preparation are crucial. Without it, the engine’s performance could be diminished and its lifespan drastically reduced, which means you’ll be spending more time and money on repairs or replacements. And when your equipment is out of commission, it also means you could lose out on opportunities for new projects. (more…)

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