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Never a better time to unplug in South Africa
by MARESE on NOVEMBER 30, 2014 - 0 Comments in energy

Soaring utility costs and power blackouts are pushing more and more South African homeowners to find new ways of living.

Warnings earlier this month that power utilities would be implementing rolling blackouts in light of collapsed coal storage depots prompted communities to consider installing power-saving devices or arrange their own power supply. (more…)

Alaska man goes 12×12
by MARESE on MAY 11, 2012 - 2 Comments in self-sufficiency

Charles Baird - jolly good sport

Is he secretly being sponsored by Remington?

A 40-year-old oil rigger and filmmaker from Anchorage will spend the next year on uninhabited Latouche Island in Alaska’s Prince William Sound.  Charles Baird will live in a shed, and plans to feed off catches from hunting and fishing.

He’ll send short updates via a satellite to with no way to receive any inbound messages.  He calls his experiment more modern-day homesteading than a survival game, and he’s heading into the adventure well-armed. (more…)

We were an island
by MARESE on APRIL 22, 2012 - 0 Comments in people

Art and Nan Kellam bought an uninhabited island off the coast of Maine in 1949 and lived there for more than 35 years, content with little more than each other’s company. They had no electricity or running water, and heated the house they built with firewood from their forest. To fetch supplies, they rowed a dory several miles to the mainland and back.

New Jersey native and avid conservationist Peter Blanchard III tells the unusual love story of Art and Nan Kellam in “We Were an Island,” a book based largely on journals kept by the Kellams. (more…)

Res Publica publishes our call for off-grid UK villages
by MARESE on DECEMBER 21, 2010 - 0 Comments in community

Res Publica, a London Think Tank for “Radical Traditionalists” has published Nick Rosen’s call for off-grid settlements in the UK.

The Disraeli Room is ResPublica’s blog, where experts, fellows and friends of all political stripes from the worlds of policy making, social innovation and entrepreneurship meet to swap ideas, debate and provoke.

“Policymakers need to recognise that, whilst it may not, in the short-term, become a mainstream housing offer, it is an idea worth taking seriously and that on its own will make a noticeable difference,” wrote Nick Rosen in the blog posting.

Read more here:

How to have your own spring-water
by MARESE on AUGUST 25, 2010 - 1 Comment in land

Mr and Mrs Lawrence

Thomas Lawrence has his own off-grid place – here is what he learned about securing his own water source.

From the moment I became interested in the self-sufficient life style, always wanted to have a source of water around my house. Now, my dream came true, and I can share with you my easy-to-implement method for managing your own spring.
If you are thinking of  buying your dream property with a creek on it, and using it for all your necessities including some hydro-electric, you might have an unpleasant surprise.
Why you may ask?
There is every chance you will kiss goodbye your privacy.
The laws regarding public access on propriety can be a turn-off if the creek is full of fishes.  Everyone who is in the mood for fishing can use your creek!
Another down and dirty surprise that you may have is even if you own the land, you don’t own the rights to use the water on your land. (more…)
Post on LandBuddy to win a copy of “Off the Grid” by Nick Rosen
by MARESE on AUGUST 10, 2010 - 3 Comments in community

Post your details on Landbuddy and win a free copy of Nick Rosen’s new book OFF THE GRID.

Landbuddy is a free service from which helps people who plan to go off-grid to form a group to share skills, costs and responsibilities.

The best three posts published by August 31st will win the book, and be featured on thus increasing the visibility of their own entry. (more…)

Nick Rosen on CNN
by MARESE on DECEMBER 17, 2009 - 1 Comment in off-grid-101

Off-Grid founder Nick Rosen is interviewed on CNN today.

The article puts Off-Grid living into the context of Copenhagen.  In the interview given at the start of the climate talks, Rosen dismissed the whole process,saying it had no chance of success.

We are still being fed the lie that we can somehow keep our lifestyles just like they are — just tweak them a little bit with some economical use of energy here and some taxes there — and somehow it can just go on as before,” Rosen said.
“I see people who live off-grid as the foot soldiers of the environmental revolution, the early adopters of what we will all have to do in the very near future.”

“We are still being fed the lie that we can somehow keep our lifestyles just like they are — just tweak them a little bit (more…)

Hot springs holidays
by MARESE on DECEMBER 4, 2009 - 0 Comments in off-grid-101

maruia_springsThere are a burgeoning number of resorts going off-grid to provide vacationers with a full-fledged eco-experience.  Check out this Hot Springs in New Zealand, as featured on the web site.

We are building a database of off-grid resorts and other eco-travel opportunities and destinations all around the world.  We already have a database of UK and Irish and US resorts — now please send all your best off-grid travel suggestions to

Eco-sensitive investments
by MARESE on OCTOBER 6, 2009 - 1 Comment in land

green reaper
The Green Reaper
In the Netherlands legislation has encouraged green investing, and although there is nothing yet on that scale in the US or the UK, you don’t need to go to Holland to find green investments.With over 30 dedicated green portfolios to choose from, there is little excuse for keeping your  savings in conventional investment vehicles. (more…)

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