Category — OFF-GRID 101

Looking for Real Families living off the grid
by NICK ROSEN on SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 - 3 Comments in OFF-GRID 101

alaska bush peopleThe success of Alaska Bush people on Discovery TV has pushed off-grid living up the agenda. But its another example of choosing off-grid people because they are half-crazed and will say things the media love.

We are looking for Real families – who do not talk like Jess Ventura – who live TOTALLY off the grid – away from the system – using guns rather than washing machines, solar panels and not cellphones.

Please send photos now – contact nick@off-grid.net

Cheap portable solar power setup
by SHANNON on AUGUST 31, 2014 - 1 Comment in ENERGY, OFF-GRID 101

$700 energy gather and storage

Take your power anywhere

The chatter about solar power and energy storage over the last few years, might make you come to the wrong conclusion that such systems are neither portable nor affordable.

But testing out an off-road, off-grid solar power setup, we recently came to some interesting conclusions. Like many who read this, we like the outdoors but our kids tend to destroy the calm with their demands for the comforts of home. To tell you the truth, I believe that every single camping trip I’ve ever been on has been in the rain, so I can understand why bringing along some of the comforts of home can be attractive. Unfortunately, those “comforts” might include things like the laptop, a television, or a refrigerator. Going beyond this, what happens when the comforts of home are taken away by power outage, whether by storm or blackout?

This tends to happen regularly at my place in the highlands of Majorca’s Tramuntana mountains, such as last night when we lost power for a few hours. Candles only go so far, and do nothing for the refrigerator, laptops for work, cell phones for communication (the local cell tower has backup power) or the electric shower. A cheap Chinese 800W generator is a little over $150, not to mention fuel costs. On the other hand, depending on how much power you need, a small solar power system and energy storage could be all that is required. (more…)

Get to know your property before you build
by WRETHAOFFGRID on AUGUST 23, 2014 - 2 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, WRETHA

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OK, you have purchased your land, you are all excited about getting your off grid homestead going, but before you set your first post, before you lay your first board, there are some things you should do first, taking these steps will help to insure your place will be the best place it can be.

The first thing you should do is walk your land, especially if there is acreage concerned, you need to get to know your land as best you can, pick out more than one potential spot, then camp out on your land, as often as you can, for as many seasons as you can. Try to be there during rain, wind and such. The reason this is important is you NEED to know where the winds blow, the direction, you need to know how the drainage works, you don’t want to build where it’s going to flood. (more…)

Living and building off grid on the cheap
by WRETHAOFFGRID on AUGUST 16, 2014 - 4 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, WRETHA
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Dimensional lumber, nearly stacked and ready for their second life….

Going off grid on the cheap, it’s possible to do, but you should be creative and flexible, the property was the biggest expense, buying a property with “issues” made that expense much less than it could have been.

Our property’s issue was the access, it has a seasonal creek that runs across the front/bottom of the property, so driving up on the property is tricky if not impossible. We didn’t mind, the rest of the property was great.

One of the things we do to build cheap (sometimes free) is to constantly be on the lookout for free materials to recycle or re-purpose. It’s not the same as going to the lumber store and buying what we need, we often are gifted with material that would normally go to the dump at odd times, this material has its issues, the lumber is rough, has nails, screws and other hardware, sometimes ends of lumber are rotten, damaged or cut off, as I said, you need to be creative. (more…)

A bridge to Bobbage
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 20, 2014 - 1 Comment in OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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Living here going on 7 years and we still have to hike up to the sky castle, the reason is because of a seasonal creek that runs in front of the property near the road, it can be navigated if you have 4 wheel drive and the creek isn’t running (which it isn’t most of the year). It isn’t the water that makes it difficult though, it’s the depth of the creek bed. (more…)

How to build your own water cistern system
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 10, 2014 - 1 Comment in OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WATER, WRETHA

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What Is A Water Cistern System?

Those living in a municipality often take for granted utility services that many rural property dwellers are not privileged to enjoy. Many people living in rural regions are extremely fortunate if they are able to afford the huge expense to drill a water well and even more fortunate if the drill actually strikes good potable water. For those rural proprietors or tenants who are challenged by the absence of a drinkable water source on their property a cistern system is a practical and economical alternative. (more…)

Off-Grid village planned for New South Wales
by NICK ROSEN on JULY 8, 2014 - 5 Comments in OFF-GRID 101

doone wybornAs Australian power prices rise and alternative-energy technologies progress, a growing number of Ozzies are opting to disconnect.

Retired scientist and businessman Doone Wyborn and his wife Carol are two of those people. Their vision is for twenty other couples to join them.

They bought an 800-acre parcel of land in rural northern New South Wales almost 10 years ago and plan to turn it into a self-sufficient rural cooperative community. (more…)

Short cycling? Problem solved :)
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JUNE 13, 2014 - 0 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, WRETHA

1x1placeholderShort cycling, it makes me think of riding a bike a very small distance, or someone riding a really short bike…. actually it’s when a motor or compressor runs for a short period of time and is off for a short period of time. This will shorten the life of said motor or compressor.

We have had our current/new freezer to fridge conversion for a couple of months now, as the weather began warming up, I noticed the box ran more often than I thought it should, so I really started paying attention to the cycle. I didn’t officially time anything, but I estimated it was coming on for only a few minutes at a time every 5-10 minutes, that was definitely wrong. Of course this was during 100 degree days, it was also happening that way whether I opened the lid or not. (more…)

See our latest Video – a mini-manifesto
by NICK ROSEN on MAY 31, 2014 - 1 Comment in COMMUNITY, EVENTS, OFF-GRID 101

Please tell your friends and spread the word about our great new, short film “Off-Grid – Free Yourself”


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