Category — OFF-GRID 101

A bridge to Bobbage
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 20, 2014 - 0 Comments 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 - 4 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

Short 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 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY, EVENTS, OFF-GRID 101

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

Keeping it clean…
by WRETHAOFFGRID on MAY 30, 2014 - 3 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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Hygiene while living off grid, especially if you are living rough and/or just starting out, keeping clean can be one of the challenges. When PB and I first moved to our off grid home, it was little more than a box on stilts, one room. We had a double sink on the “kitchen wall”, but it wasn’t hooked up to running water or even to a drain. (more…)

Tiny home UK – £2500
by TECHSTAR on MAY 19, 2014 - 1 Comment in OFF-GRID 101, WORK

Apaulafallowshome quiet corner of a farm near Birmingham has become a workplace for a busy mum-of-two.

Just 20 yards from her house is Paula Fallows’ office, inside what looks like a beach hut.

It took about three days for her and her husband to build it.

“It’s really good because it’s totally separate from the house,” she says. “You can go in there, work away and shut the door at the end of it. You don’t cross that line of having your work in your house.

“But you don’t have very far to go, it’s just across from the house, literally a 20 yard walk. For people who do work from home, the cost savings are enormous and the commuting time as well.”

Paula put the hut on wheels to avoid planning permission problems – and to make the most of the sun.

She designed the chassis and recycled other parts, including the wheels to cut expenses, with the finished hut costing £2,600. (more…)

Devon smallholders win right to build home
by AMY SUAREZ on MAY 14, 2014 - 2 Comments in EVENTS, LAND, OFF-GRID 101

Willand Devin couple win planning battle - go off-grid

They won their fight – you can too

A young family has won the right to live off the grid on their smallholding after a battle to get planning permission.

Dinah and Stig Mason were refused permission to build a house on the four-acre site in Willand, classified as open countryside.

Changes to planning laws mean the Masons can now convert an old barn on the site.

Mrs Mason said: “We’re ecstatic. We can finally live the life that we choose.”

We are going to have to spend a lot more money, but we have got our dream” (more…)

New golf cart batteries
by WRETHAOFFGRID on APRIL 20, 2014 - 2 Comments in ENERGY, OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, SHOP, SOLAR, WRETHA

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Today was the first full day on the new batteries, we had everything hooked up to them, including the new chest freezer to refrigerator conversion, about a month (or so) ago our old one smoked on us, fortunately it happened during the day and I was there to catch it, it might not have gone any further, but as far as I’m concerned, when you see smoke, fire usually comes next. I’ll do another writeup on the new fridge very soon, until then you can read about how I DIY’d the conversion here and here.

Our previous batteries were marine type deep cycle batteries, I’ve been told on more than one occasion that those types of batteries aren’t true deep cycle batteries, in fact the newer ones being sold have cold cranking ratings on them instead of amp hours, and that has little (or nothing) to do with being deep cycle, that has to do with starting motors and such. Those are a hybrid of regular and deep cycle batteries, more robust than a standard car or truck battery but not as heavy duty as a true deep cycle battery. (more…)


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