Posts Tagged "NoImpactman"

Australia falling for Earthship marketers
by NICK ROSEN on MARCH 14, 2012 - 19 Comments in COMMUNITY, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, URBAN

Work for me

Boasting an outer shell made of stacked car tyres packed with earth, an Earthship claims to be a cutting-edge, sustainable green home made from recycled materials. In fact there are serious design flaws: from off-gas from the tyres to overheating in ultra-hot places like Australia. All in all, having an Earthship in your life is like having a particularly sensitive pet – which needs constant feeding and excercise.
But that has not stopped shameless American architect Michael Reynolds touring Australia’s North Coast, preaching his particular brand of Earthship.
In Melbourne, he is in league with the Ceres community in Brunswick East which has a small project where you can pay to experience Earthship construction techniques. The Group, which always relied on volunteers to build its empire, has now found a marvellous new idea – get people to pay $160 ozzie dollars for a weekend ramming earth into old tyres.

Reynolds, who did not invent the Earthship concept, says its “a vessel sailing on towards tomorrow.” (more…)

Living on a canal in the Great Loop
by SUPERJOE on JULY 12, 2010 - 2 Comments in WATER

Cynthia Berger

They are common in Europe, but only a dozen canal boats operate in the USA. Why so few is a mystery because it is fun and easy. Now Cynthia Berger and Bill Carlsen are planning to make the canal boat as big as the RV in America.

They are piloting their solar-powered hybrid canal boat around “The Great Loop” — the system of waterways circling eastern North America. The first leg of their journey took them east on the Erie Canal to Lake Ontario. Berger filed this report: (more…)

US Army trials off-grid living
by TECHSTAR on JULY 9, 2010 - 1 Comment in SOLAR

CHARGE!

Within a year, the US Army will release a list of five candidate installations for conversion to net-zero status. As part of the preparations, four army homes at Fort Bliss base in Texas will be taken totally off the grid, powered by solar, while the military families living in them will keep a diary of how their behavor was affected.

Power consumption at Fort Bliss has dropped by three megawatts, and the post is looking to shed even more in its quest to become a “net zero” energy installation (see video below). (more…)

Flee the City – join the Field Lab
by NICK ROSEN on JUNE 12, 2010 - 1 Comment in SPIRIT

John Wells lives in a shack he has grandly titled the Southwest Texas Alternative Energy And Sustainable Living Field Laboratory.

When I visited he told me he had wanted to leave his glitzy fashion photographer world behind, a world of “mounting debt and an overwhelming feeling of being trapped in the life you have chosen.” He was looking for a simple life but a comfortable one

Tension in the world, an unstable economy, high fuel prices, and mind numbing popular culture all added to his feeling of utter futility.
“For me, the real tipping point was the death of my father last year.  That made me sit down and take a serious look at where my path has led me.” (more…)
Off-grid solar to provide 1% of world electricity
by ALEXBENADY on MAY 14, 2010 - 2 Comments in SOLAR

Nobuo Tanaka. Mr One Per Cent

First the good news. Solar power could account for nearly a quarter of the world’s electricity by 2050 according to two reports issued this week by the International Energy Agency.

The bad news is that the overwhelming bulk of that electricity will be produced by large centralised power plants. Off-grid solar photovoltaic electricity, though important in remote areas and developing countries, will account for little more than one per cent of global electricity production predicts the IEA. (more…)
Mr. BugOut
by ZIMBA on MARCH 3, 2010 - 0 Comments in I AM OFF GRID AND I WANT OTHERS TO JOIN ME, I WANT TO GO OFF GRID

Young archtitect planning his own bugout and looking for buddies to cooperate with and possibly share the bugout.

Cool Tools
by CHARLES on DECEMBER 30, 2009 - 2 Comments in FOOD, OFF-GRID 101
home cooking on tap

home cooking on tap

This site does not talk enough about the great new gadgets and technologies which make off-grid living ever more comfortable.  Here are two – your favorite suggestions please, readers,  in comments at end of this story.:-

The impact of the microwave oven on human grazing habits has been extreme. It can reheat frozen food or cook raw food in a fraction of the time required of a conventional oven and has brought the convenience of preparing food to new levels. The WaveBox Microwave Oven is a (more…)

Bankers nixed Copenhagen
by NICK ROSEN on DECEMBER 19, 2009 - 2 Comments in EVENTS
Climate deal? Don't hold your breath

Climate deal? Don't hold your breath

It was obvious from the start that the Copenhagen climate conference was doomed.

World leaders were trying to square an impossible circle. They had to reduce carbon emissions whilst paying off the crippling debts incurred by Western financial institutions during the asset bubble of the past few years.

The only solution that would have led to an agreement in Copenhagen would also have caused riots in Washington, Paris, London, Berlin and Tokyo. The problem comes from an inability to level with the public as to exactly what has to be done to get a grip on pollution.

For carbon emissions to fall, energy use has to fall and for that to happen, either the population has to fall or GDP per capita has to fall (see our earlier article on this subject – http://www.off-grid.net/2009/11/12/scrap-carbon-targets-–-they’re-pointless/).

There is no chance of the population falling, unless H1N1 comes to the politician’s rescue. And that means GDP has to fall, which entails a shrinking economy. This in itself is no bad thing after decades of growth. (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…)


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