Category — WORK

George Soros: Banking “parasites” still leeching off us
by KATIE on MARCH 9, 2014 - 5 Comments in COMMUNITY, WORK

I've got you...under my skin

I’ve got you…under my skin

Billionaire George Soros says the banking sector is a “parasite” holding back the economic recovery and an “incestuous” relationship with regulators means little has been done to resolve the issues behind the 2008 crisis.
“The banking sector is acting as a parasite on the real economy,” Mr Soros says in his new book “The Tragedy of the European Union” (Buy in the UK). (more…)

Colorado beer sales up in smoke
by VEG-HEAD on FEBRUARY 4, 2014 - 0 Comments in WORK

download (1)Legal marijuana is a major new cash crop for the off-grid community in Washington State and Colorado.

And a “marijuana hangover is starting to hit the beer industry,” the Financial Times reports.

The end of pot’s prohibition has rattled the beer industry for years, raising fears that consumers will be able to – legally – get their buzzes from new places. So if you live off-grid – start growing – Cannabis Grow Bible, The: Definitive Guide to Growing Marijuana for Recreational and Medical Use

New data on US beer sales, confirms these fears by offering evidence that pot appears to have eaten into Colorado beer sales in January.

Beer sales fell 4.9 per cent across the US last month, but 9.2 per cent in Colorado. Moreover, beer’s share of total alcohol sales also fell more in Colorado than in the rest of the country. (more…)

Off-Gridder tipped as next billionaire
by NICK ROSEN on JANUARY 7, 2014 - 0 Comments in WORK

Amir Taaki, Bitcoin inventor, planned it in HAckspace, Hackney Road, London

Only time you’ll see him smart

London squatter Amir Taaki has been tipped as a budding billionaire by Fortune magazine

The 25-year-old associated with Dark Wallet, an online service that allows people to trade Bitcoins anonymously, was one of two Londoners who first pioneered the digital currency several years ago, planning it in the offices of Hackspace.

In our video interview with him last year, Taaki explains why and how he coded Bitcoin. (more…)

Battery storage company
by TECHSTAR on DECEMBER 17, 2013 - 0 Comments in ENERGY, WORK

A US startup aims to lower energy costs by balancing the power grid with batteries charged during cheaper non-peak hours. It just received $15 million in funding from General Electric and the Spanish renewable energy company Iberdrola.

Stem, an energy storage company in San Mateo, CA, is part of a trend that will lead to cheaper, better batteries and load balancing kit that will assist the off-grid movement.The premise of Stem’s business model is the inefficiencies in the current utilities industry. (more…)

Net Zero Consulting service
by TECHSTAR on OCTOBER 26, 2013 - 0 Comments in WORK

As the world slowly wakes up to the importance of off-grid living, our knowledge is becoming valuable, or should that be invaluable?

When a nation as advanced as Japan shuts down its nuclear reactors and starts going off the grid a house at a time, you know the rest of the world will follow, eventually.

So Off-Grid.Net is opening a Net-Zero consultancy service to offer individuals, architects and businesses access to the huge range of skills and resources within our community. (more…)

Green East
by AMY SUAREZ on SEPTEMBER 25, 2013 - 0 Comments in WORK

WWF-UK says western society will soon have to look to innovation in Asia for leading green trends.

Asian innovations are already rippling across the globe with China bringing integrated electric vehicles, renewables energy and battery technologies to market, frugal innovation in India highlighting how firms can dramatically cut energy and natural resource use, while Bangladeshi micro-finance and micro renewables services illustrate how new bottom-of-the-pyramid approaches can work. (more…)

Turning hobbies into cash
by WRETHAOFFGRID on SEPTEMBER 8, 2013 - 17 Comments in COMMUNITY, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, SHOP, WORK, WRETHA

hobbies-cash
AKA, doing what you love and getting paid for it!
Have to be careful here, it’s starting to sound like one of those infomercials :)
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

I have had people ask me how I earn a living, since everything we have here is paid for, it makes it very easy to live on very little. Saving money is as good as making it, bartering is gold! Voluntarily living on less, doesn’t make me feel like I’ve given anything up, in fact I feel like the richest person I know :) My main “job” is being a caretaker for my friend, I get paid to do a little cleaning, some cooking, some shopping and walking the roads with her, the hours are flexible, and it’s not hard work at all. (more…)

Gold tumbles again
by NICK ROSEN on JUNE 28, 2013 - 2 Comments in WORK

The price of gold has tumbled to less than $1,200 (£787) an ounce yesterday, its lowest point in nearly three years, and continues to head towards $1000 as concerns over the US Federal Reserve’s plans to rein in financial stimulus continue to unnerve markets.

After dropping to $1,180 late on Thursday, the yellow metal made a small rebound on Friday morning to $1,202, but not enough to stem expectations that prices will continue to weaken. This web site forecast months ago that the gold price would collapse to below $1000. We faced fierce criticism at the time, but economists like Nouriel Roubini have since stated they also make the same forecast.

Long seen as a safe haven by preppers, the fall in gold does not mean that the risk of a systemic collapse is also thought to have receded. It is as much to do with declining liquidity in China.
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Buy shares in Fuel Cell company
by NICK ROSEN on JUNE 28, 2013 - 0 Comments in WORK

SFC Energy AG (ETR:F3C), Germany”s 9th largest energy company by market capitalisation, extended its slide Thursday, shedding an additional 5.40c (or 1.2%) to close at EUR4.46.

The company makes “smart” fuel cells and specialises in the off-grid market. The shares have plummeted EUR1.01 (or 18.5%) over the past seven trading days, due to declining profit margins. (more…)


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