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…)
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 http://www.facebook.com/AlaskanPioneer 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…)
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…)
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“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.
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…)
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…)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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