UK Surf Centre to go off-grid
by VEG-HEAD on NOVEMBER 24, 2014 - 0 Comments in community

Bristol group want to take themselves off the grid

Community project makes waves

A SURF centre in Easter Compton near Bristol is launching a £150,000 crowdfunding campaign that will help fund some of the site’s sustainability plans.

The Wave Bristol’s campaign got underway Monday, November 24 and Chris Hines MBE, head of sustainability for The Wave, said: “We want this project to be sustainable in all senses, including socially and environmentally. We have ambitious plans to sustainably power the site and eventually take it off-grid.” (more…)

Off grid guests
by WRETHAOFFGRID on NOVEMBER 2, 2014 - 0 Comments in community
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The guys on the tower…

Moving to and setting up your off grid home, it’s most likely in an out of the way, rural, scenic spot, a place that is often seen as a good place to vacation, especially by your family and friends. Usually though, your setup tends to be sparse, spartan, utilitarian, rough, nonstandard, even primitive… and often rather small. More like camping than living, for you that is fine, even desirable, but for your potential guests, it can be daunting, the things you have gotten used to may be foreign to your visitors, but if you are patient, explain things well and consider it fun and unique, your visitors will have a good time and go home with great memories of their vacation. (more…)

Tiny homes for the homeless
by WRETHAOFFGRID on OCTOBER 13, 2014 - 3 Comments in community

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I often read about people looking for a better place to live, especially singles who have lost jobs, recently divorced and such, people who are living on the edge to begin with, pastor Dan Bryant has made a place for these folk who are just looking for a safe place in a wild and dangerous world. (more…)

Coyote Flats – a sod hobbit home
by WRETHAOFFGRID on OCTOBER 6, 2014 - 0 Comments in community

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Harvey Baumgartner’s decision to live in a sod home sans electricity and indoor plumbing was a conscious choice, based on practicality and philosophy. He is profoundly committed to conservation. Harvey is always willing to help a neighbor, yet quite content to tend to his goats, chickens, horses, mules, and his organic gardens.

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Tiny Texas Houses’ “Willy Wonka” on making magic reusing wood
by WRETHAOFFGRID on OCTOBER 5, 2014 - 0 Comments in community

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Brad “Darby” Kittel came to Texas living on a converted school bus. He had planned to write the Great American Novel, but he ended up buying up boarded-up homes and fixing them up using materials he salvaged from other old houses, barns and buildings.

After a couple decades refining his salvage mining techniques, he began using his collection to build “new” tiny portable homes from salvage. The prefab homes, measuring 64 square feet and up, are built from 99% salvaged materials. The other 1% is for things like electrical parts, plumbing, nails, screws, and some insulation materials. (more…)

“Clean Energy Conservatives” Meet in Austin
by WRETHAOFFGRID on SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 - 0 Comments in community

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On Tuesday, President Barack Obama spoke at the Climate Summit in New York City. That evening, a group of conservatives met in Austin to discuss free-market approaches to clean energy. The panel included a mix of former Republican politicians and think-tank conservatives.

The panelists were defiantly not-in-favor of government subsidies for wind and solar, but did see the value of having a diversified approach to energy.

While he was a State Senator, Kip Averitt represented the GOP and District 22. He was born in Permian Basin town of Crane.

 “I used to say this on the campaign trail, but 30 years ago if you were concerned about the environment, you were a communist, and you could not get elected to public office. But I think times have changed today. If you’re not concerned about the environment, you’re a goober. And you cannot get elected to public office.”

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Picking the wrong plant
by WRETHAOFFGRID on SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 - 2 Comments in community

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Since having such a wet rainy season, as compared to the previous several rainy seasons, I have seen many more species of wild plants growing, specifically wildflowers. Normally I’m not interested in growing flowers, I don’t want just a pretty face, I generally require any plants I plant and tend to do something useful for me, it needs to be edible and/or medicinal… (more…)

What do you miss about living off-grid?
by NICK ROSEN on SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 - 1 Comment in community

1x1placeholderA 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 next page. (more…)

Building up
by WRETHAOFFGRID on AUGUST 31, 2014 - 0 Comments in community

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This young family lives in Portland Oregon on a half lot, their home is very small by most standards, preferring to build UP instead of spreading around. They took a 407 square foot-print, made it 3 levels, they combine some living areas and omitted others.
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