Posts Tagged "Nick-Rosen"

Green homes can help solve the housing crisis
by SPY_VONDEGA on JULY 1, 2012 - 8 Comments in EVENTS

Rosen: How to live off-grid

Nick Rosen talks at Port Eliot Festival, Sunday 22nd July

*Author of HOW TO LIVE OFF-GRID launches plan to build homes for less than £50,000 ($80,000).

*They consume 25% of average energy and water

*Using the new Localism Act to create a proof of concept

Off-grid settlements – historically a fringe interest in the UK, although they have a long history in other countries, including the US – offer an important new alternative — important because they help solve three problems:

– Cheap housing – how to enable it
– Energy security – how to improve it
– Rural regeneration – how to kickstart it (more…)

For Sale: the Van that started a Movement
by NICK ROSEN on NOVEMBER 7, 2011 - 6 Comments in MOBILE, PEOPLE

I'll even include a free signed copy of the first edition

Nick Rosen, author of HOW TO LIVE OFF GRID, is selling the Camper van featured on the front cover of the book.

Its a Renault Master Long Wheel Base – diesel with power steering. The price, £2500

It has 8 months MOT and tax – big solar panel on roof, sleeps four easily, kitchenette. 3 seats in front.
Nick spent £1000 on it in past four months
Please email nick (at)

In Chapter 2 of the book he tells how he chose the vehicle: (more…)

Is it greener to live in the city or off grid in a rural area?
by NICK ROSEN on NOVEMBER 10, 2010 - 13 Comments in COMMUNITY

....not a bad life

This is the debate going on now. Some of the comments are quite off-the-wall (see below)

I debate Lloyd Alter of Treehugger about whether it is greener to live in the city or in the country off grid.  Tell your friends. Vote for me!
Of course, we do get on to talking about living off the grid in the City, but that is a very minority sport. (more…)
Nick Rosen on CNN
by MARESE on DECEMBER 17, 2009 - 1 Comment in EVENTS, OFF-GRID 101

Off-Grid founder Nick Rosen is interviewed on CNN today.

The article puts Off-Grid living into the context of Copenhagen.  In the interview given at the start of the climate talks, Rosen dismissed the whole process,saying it had no chance of success.

We are still being fed the lie that we can somehow keep our lifestyles just like they are — just tweak them a little bit with some economical use of energy here and some taxes there — and somehow it can just go on as before,” Rosen said.
“I see people who live off-grid as the foot soldiers of the environmental revolution, the early adopters of what we will all have to do in the very near future.”

“We are still being fed the lie that we can somehow keep our lifestyles just like they are — just tweak them a little bit (more…)

My Off-grid plan
by TREETOPSJEN on OCTOBER 30, 2009 - 24 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, SPIRIT

Treetop Jen has returned home to the UK, and now she is wondering how to reshape her life.

"I want to be free"

"I want to be free"

Aim: to live off-grid in the back of  a minibus, simply parked in a  ‘normal’ town, with a job in the charity sector, still part of  ‘normal’ society.

WHY? Hmmm…where to begin?

Well – like most people, I have spent some of my time in life pondering on the future; imagining how my life may turn out & how I might feel in each of the imagined outcomes.

I also spent (& still spend) time observing my others’ lives around me as they currently are. These two activities left me less & less inclined to live in an ‘ordinary’ house with a mortgage & equally less willing to rent accommodation; (more…)

Reclaiming “Green”
by NICK ROSEN on DECEMBER 2, 2008 - 2 Comments in EVENTS

Guest writer Keith Farnish takes up the cudgels to support the word “Green” in an ongoing debate over whether the word is now so over-used its meaningless.

Farnish: Green not Brown
I don’t believe for a moment that the corporate world will let go of the word “green” without a fight, and I certainly have some sympathy with Nick in turning to our old friend “brown” – good old earthy brown, compost brown, manure brown, bark brown – but while brown is a colour you are far more likely to find in a woodland than in a shopping mall, it is not the only colour of life.

In fact life has a host of different colours: the vivid reds that signify the fruits of autumn and the segment of sun as it disappears over the horizon; the warm oranges of so many flowers, pebbles and leaves; (more…)

NY Times features Eco-RVers
by VEG-HEAD on NOVEMBER 10, 2008 - 0 Comments in LAND, MOBILE, OFF-GRID 101

Sponsored ecolife
NEARLY FOUR YEARS AGO, Off-Grid founder Nick Rosen began traveling around Britain in a veggie-powered RV to meet off-gridders and highlight the simple life.

Now he has a host of flattering imitators. The New York Times featured a clutch of them last weekend, including Sara and Matt Janssen who moved from a 1,600-square-foot home to a tour the country without harming the planet — i.e. they took up residence in a 36-foot recreational vehicle fueled by used vegetable oil. (more…)

Be part of Off-Grid America
by SUPERJOE on OCTOBER 12, 2008 - 2 Comments in EVENTS, OFF-GRID 101

Nick: winter in California
Nick Rosen has started work on his next book “Off-Grid America.” He is currently in California meeting the eco-community. From San Diego he travels to Ukiah via the Bioneers conference San Rafael — then up to Ashland, Oregon.

As belts tighten across the continent Nick is also filming a documentary about how going off-grid can help you survive the credit crunch. Its all about freedom – and combining new technology with ancient wisdom,” he says.

you can contact Nick to be included in the research, or make any suggestions. Call 1-877-706-7423 or write to The book will be published Sumer 2010 and the film will be released around the same time.

Daryl admits “I was naive”
by SUPERJOE on AUGUST 5, 2008 - 1 Comment in ENERGY, OFF-GRID 101, PEOPLE

Hannah at the Farm Gala
Hollywood actress and political campaigner Daryl Hannah was one of the first to give the off-grid web site an interview (about her former staging post in the Rockies). In her latest chat she says she did not foresee the effect that biofuel production would have on food prices and admits she was “naïve”.

In an interview with Nick Rosen distributed by Reuters news agency, (more…)

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