Category — SELF-SUFFICIENCY

Off grid hiccups
by WRETHAOFFGRID on APRIL 13, 2014 - 0 Comments in ENERGY, OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, SOLAR, WRETHA

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A while back my current deep cycle batteries began to get weak, they would charge up quickly and not hold much of a charge, unfortunately the batteries are the part of the off grid system that need to be replaced on a semi-regular basis. I am hard on my batteries, that has never been a secret. This next week I plan on buying four 6-volt deep cycle golf cart batteries. In the past I have used marine type deep cycle batteries, they are more heavy duty than regular automotive batteries, but aren’t near as hearty as golf cart batteries.

As my current batteries began getting weaker and weaker, it began creating problems with my inverter, causing it to go into fault mode for a few seconds, meaning it would cut off the power during that time, it only did it during the day when the batteries were charging or fully charged, never at night, it took me a while to figure out where the problem was. (more…)

It’s garden time!
by WRETHAOFFGRID on APRIL 11, 2014 - 0 Comments in FOOD, PEOPLE, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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I grew up watching gardening shows on PBS, one of my favorites was the Victory Garden, and during pledge week, they would always have Howard Garrett and Jerry Baker on, I loved watching their easy but effective DIY fertilizers and pest control, Garrett Juice and Jerry Baker’s tonics are easy to make, easy to use and work! Over the years, I have made my own concoctions using a bit from both recipes, yeah I cook the same way…

Don’t tell anyone but urinating on your plants works too, you will have to dilute it to about a 10% solution, and no kidding, if you do use urine, don’t tell anyone, no one will want to eat from your garden :) (more…)

Dollar stores for preps
by WRETHAOFFGRID on MARCH 28, 2014 - 5 Comments in FOOD, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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It’s been a while since I have written about cooking, food and recipes, if you follow me any at all, you know that food is very important to me. Perhaps it’s because I’m old enough to have had parents who grew up during the Great Depression. Perhaps it’s because growing up, we were on the poor side of the financial scale, while we never actually went hungry, there were times when food was scarce, my mother had to be very frugal and creative with what we had, I learned a lot from her. (more…)

Home Disaster Preparedness Guide – Part 2
by NICK ROSEN on MARCH 24, 2014 - 0 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY

Thanks to Jessica Merritt for this fascinating guide In part 2 – surviving Earthquakes, Floods and Volcanoes.

Protect Your Home and Family from an Earthquake

More than three million earthquakes both small and large happen each year. On average, that’s an earthquake every 11 seconds. Though most are too weak to notice or take place in uninhabited areas, earthquakes in populated areas can be dangerous and destructive, causing property damage and injuries, even death.

It is impossible to predict when or where an earthquake will occur, so it’s best to be prepared ahead of time with adequate planning, supplies, and the knowledge you’ll need to protect your home and family. Taking small steps for earthquake home safety today can prevent injuries, death, and costly repairs later.

Preparing for an Earthquake

Know your risk: (more…)

Prepping for an Emergency – Home Disaster Guide
by NICK ROSEN on MARCH 23, 2014 - 0 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY

Survive floods, earthquakes, hurrricanes and  violence with this handy guide

Disaster expert Jessica Merritt

Thanks to Jessica Merritt for this comprehensive guide to surviving natural disasters. This is Part 1 -part 2 tomorrow.

Natural disasters affect every area of America, and no home is immune to the threat of emergencies. These disasters can threaten your property, even your life. And there are simple steps you can take to protect your home and family in the event of an emergency. We’ll share expert tips for preparing your home to survive tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, and floods. Being prepared for natural disasters and emergencies can protect your property — and it just might save your life. Be ready by following our guide to natural disaster preparedness.

Emergency Preparedness Basics

For any emergency, you’ll need the basics: a plan and an emergency kit. Be ready for natural disasters with these tips that apply for any emergency.

Home emergency plan: (more…)

Pioneer couple
by WRETHAOFFGRID on MARCH 22, 2014 - 4 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, PEOPLE, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, SPIRIT, WRETHA

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I grew up watching Texas Country Reporter, back in the day it was called 4 Country Reporter, that’s when there were only a few TV stations to choose from, channel 4 was a Dallas TV station thus the name was born. This show began back in the early 70s and showcased Texans living simple yet interesting lives, TCR gave us a glimpse into the window of those wonderful people. (more…)

Send us your Off-grid Selfies
by NICK ROSEN on MARCH 21, 2014 - 1 Comment in EVENTS, SELF-SUFFICIENCY

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Selfies round the world

Its time to put your head above the parapet – stand up for what you believe – let others know how GREAT it is to live off the grid and SHOW people the beauty of the life we have chosen to lead. SEND YOUR SELFIES to nick@0off-gird.net.

There are so many who doubt that off-grid community even exists, and who doubt that it is a viable lifestyle and doubt that they could do it themselves – even if the do believe in the viability of living off the grid.

PLEASE lets show the grid what we do, how we do it and who we are – - send us your selfies and we will showcase your lifestyle online – nick@off-grid.net. (more…)

Update on being sick…
by WRETHAOFFGRID on MARCH 16, 2014 - 1 Comment in OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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With my latest brush with a pretty major upper respiratory infection (URI), I made the decision to work on my stash of meds and educate myself as much as possible about what to take, how much and when to take it. One really REALLY good source of info is the ThePatriotNurse on YouTube. Chances are you already know about her, but if you don’t, or you haven’t visited her YouTube channel in a while, well you need to go there and check her out. (more…)

7 days without utilities
by WRETHAOFFGRID on MARCH 15, 2014 - 0 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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I continually talk about being prepared, and I mean for as many things as possible, while it’s not possible to be ready 100% for every possible scenario, it is possible to be ready for as many probabilities as you can. This guy LDSPrepper decided to test his preparation, he turned off his utilities for a week, water, electricity and gas, he video taped his experiences for that week.

The really cool thing about this was he didn’t get everything perfect before he started, he shut everything off as if it happened without warning, he had dirty dishes, his solar system wasn’t fully set up, he needed to water his garden…. After watching all the videos, it’s clear he has some work to do, but this was a really good run for him and I believe we can all learn something from this, I know he did. (more…)


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