These tree houses have no electricity or running water, but are considered one of the South Carolina Lowcountry’s most unique getaways. Canoe down a dozen miles to the secluded site, then canoe farther down to check out the river the next day.
Each treehouse is tucked in the woods out of view of any other, nestled in the trees on the river’s edge and privately accessed by canoe. (more…)
I love these tiny homes, this one is particularly interesting because it’s completely legal, not saying all the other tiny homes are illegal, in some places people have to build them on the down low. Check it out!
This one shows quite a bit of detail, and he even tells us what he would do differently if he had to do it again, I love the cabinets! (more…)
If what I just read is true, then Ebola might not be as scary as first thought, I think many of us have read the books back in the 90s, the one that comes to my mind is The Hot Zone, that was an eye opening but scary scary scary book, even Stephen King called the first chapter, “one of the most horrifying things I’ve read in my whole life.” Until recently, Ebola was something that happened “over there”, in some other country, in Africa, in 3rd world countries, well now all of that has changed, we don’t have to worry about Ebola accidentally coming to the USA, it has been purposely brought over. Of course when all you have heard is how it is a death sentence if you are infected and it’s a horrible way to die, it tends to scare one to no end, well now I’m learning that it may not be such a death sentence after all.
I realize that some might read this here (on off-grid.net) and ask why such a story is posted here, what does it have to do with living off grid? Well I’m here to tell you that keeping healthy is a mainstay about living off grid, that includes being able to prevent and/or fight off major viruses like this. I know that for me, staying away from as many people as possible (ie not going to the city any more often as I have to) is very important and one of the ways I stay healthy, but no one is an island to themselves, and even if I never go the city, my friends and neighbors do, so it’s up to me to be as prepared as I can possibly be.
I found this online, and it goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyhow), you can’t believe everything you read just because someone posted it online, but this does give me hope and helps me to understand this virus and how it works a bit better. The link to the following story is at the bottom. (more…)
I think I am in love, and it’s with another man, but it’s not what you might think :) About a month ago, I took my friend to a nearby town to see a new doctor, there is a very long story that goes with why she wanted a new doctor, one I’ll not bore you with… the first time I saw/met this doctor, my first impression was I like him. He is about as unpretentious as you can get, he wears jeans with the cuffs rolled up, cowboy boots, t-shirts with vintage cars on them, he drives an old beater pickup truck, yes my first impression was he wasn’t like most other doctors I have met. (more…)
I live on the south shore of Nova Scotia and I want to build a tiny, off grid homestead. So far, it is proving to be a near impossibility.
The building inspector says I have to have 3 radiators and an air exchanger and these must be powered by electricity (as per the National Building Code). He says I must be able to maintain a temperature of 22.5 degrees Celsius in my home at anytime during the year! Who keeps their heat that high anyways? (more…)
Joachim Hagopian voices the feelings of millions of Americans
The forsaken American population finds itself more in poverty (46.2 million people) as well as more in debt ($57 trillion) now than ever before in history.
Young generations of the college educated are having to pay off mounting college loan debts ($1.2 trillion and rising) that without jobs they can never even hope to repay. Rather than marry, have kids and buy homes like generations before them, we worry how to pay the light bill and avoid eviction. Sometime in the last century, when we weren’t looking, the American dream died. Foreclosures and unpaid debts are now sucking the lifeblood out. (more…)
As the nation’s housing crisis (also known as the nation’s house price bubble) intensifies, part of the solution is hiding in plain sight – cheap rural housing, on agricultural land, for people who are working that land. I wrote a story in The Guardian to bring them to public attention.
Tucked away down a farm track in Somerset is a project that could act as a catalyst for an era of low-cost, off-grid rural living across Britain.
A small group is aiming to join the population of Barton St David, a village of approximately 500 residents, 5 miles south-east of Glastonbury, with a pub, and a 12th Century church. Local residents are keen to make sure their new neighbours stick to the letter of the planning laws. (more…)
Apparently it is illegal in some places, Florida makes off-grid living illegal – mandates all homes must be connected to an electricity grid.
It’s no secret that an opposition to sustainable living exists. Earlier this year, Texas state brought several SWAT teams to a sustainable community and threatened to shut it down. Each one of the community members were initially handcuffed at gunpoint. It was called “The Garden of Eden Community,” and was totally self sustainable. (more…)
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