Should homeowners with solar panels pay to maintain electrical grid?
by WRETHAOFFGRID on DECEMBER 14, 2014 - 0 Comments in wretha

The costs of solar energy are plummeting, and now are about on par with the electricity generated at big power plants. This new reality intensifies a long-running business and regulatory battle, between the mainline electric utility companies and newer firms that provide solar systems for homeowners’ rooftops. Sometimes the rivalry looks more like hardball politics […]


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Roswell Bunker for sale
by OAYA on DECEMBER 14, 2014 - 1 Comment in land

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — An underground missile silo is currently one of New Mexico’s hottest real estate properties. More than 40 people, some from out of state, have called about buying the silo near Roswell, real estate agent Jim Moore said Friday. “This one of the few missile silos for sale in the United States,” […]


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Homesteading, the good, the bad and the ugly
by WRETHAOFFGRID on DECEMBER 13, 2014 - 0 Comments in wretha

Or, what could possibly go wrong? I found this posted on a homesteading FaceBook page, this is probably one of the most honest assessments of the reality of a young family jumping in with both feet on a homesteading venture that I have seen. When you first start out, you have all these grand ideas […]


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Fugitive Family
by SPY_VONDEGA on DECEMBER 10, 2014 - 1 Comment in people

The Irish Times reports on an American family being featured on Channel 4 TV tonight. They have spent the last 14 years living in isolation on a 47-acre compound since granddad, John Joe, skipped bail and threatened to kill any law-enforcement officer who dared step onto his land. Reaching into a cage, 16-year-old Bubba Gale […]


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Off grid in Terlingua TX
by WRETHAOFFGRID on DECEMBER 7, 2014 - 0 Comments in wretha

I remember, shortly after we moved to our off grid life in far west Texas, one day we had the radio playing, we could only get (and still only get) one radio station, a public radio station, we heard an interview, they were talking to another crazy off gridder who lived south of us (I […]


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Small town politics
by WRETHAOFFGRID on DECEMBER 6, 2014 - 0 Comments in wretha

You have found the perfect piece of land, it’s out in a rural area, you don’t have many neighbors, as time goes by you get to know the precious few folk who live around you, then it happens… you begin hearing little snippets of gossip, there is some sort of feud going on and you […]


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Kodiak Power pack
by TECHSTAR on DECEMBER 5, 2014 - 0 Comments in energy

Going out and about for a few days or living full-time away from Utilities, the Kodiak box from Outdoor Technology is one of the better power sources. Its a rubber-covered power brick for around $50 US, that promises to withstand water splashes and low-level drops ensuring it is a capable camper. Under the rubberised hood, […]


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Mixing different solar panels
by WRETHAOFFGRID on NOVEMBER 30, 2014 - 4 Comments in wretha

Like many people starting out going off grid, your pocketbook is being pulled in many different directions, so you buy a few solar panels to get started, then later on you add to them, it’s easy to end up with a hodgepodge of different solar panels on your roof. We are certainly guilty of that […]


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Prepper Pig
by VEG-HEAD on NOVEMBER 30, 2014 - 0 Comments in self-sufficiency

MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. — It’s breakfast time on a Saturday, and 20 “day-campers” are crouched around a fire pit in central New Jersey – the booniues – its rural. Soaked in bug spray, they are all there to learn survival skills, specifically in order to protect themselves from man-eating corpses. Yup — Dead Cannibals, more […]


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