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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…)

Living off grid interview
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JANUARY 9, 2014 - 17 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, PEOPLE, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

03I watched this video just a few days ago, it shows how someone can live off grid without living in a primitive manner, of course this takes money, it’s a tradeoff, it’s possible to go off grid on the cheap, my hubby and I are proof that this possible. But if you do have some money to invest, you can live every bit as “normal” as anyone else who lives on grid. (more…)

Pools of light and off-grid comfort
by AMY SUAREZ on DECEMBER 11, 2013 - 3 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, SPIRIT

ethnography of candlelightThis site is dedicated to showing how you can live off the grid in comfort and style without costing the earth. Lighting is fairly crucial part of that. Being able to snap on the light when you come home is just as important to off-gridders as to those who are grid-connected.

Light is expensive, energy-hungry, and vital to our happiness – especially at this time of year. And there is a large degree of unanimity amongst off-gridders about what makes good lighting and how to achieve it.

When you live off-grid, electric lighting is not something you can take for granted. The means for controlling natural and artificial light and thus achieving visual comfort are not as well-established in the Unplugged community. But the off-grid aesthetic is now spreading to the plugged-in community.

So how do off-gridders light their homes to maximise the gain and minimise the cost? (more…)

Solar powered pyramid
by WRETHAOFFGRID on OCTOBER 27, 2013 - 2 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, SOLAR, WRETHA

Pyramid power

Ever see an off grid pyramid? Well you are about to. This is the video story of Greg Grant, who began his off grid existence slow and small.

He didn’t put a lot of money into his project. What he had was land, lots of natural materials, a great bunch of talented and helpful friends, and a unique vision. He chose to make his off grid home out of short straw-bale walls, but with a steeply pitched, pyramid shaped roof. (more…)

Mother calls her son in missing
by SPY_VONDEGA on JULY 6, 2013 - 3 Comments in PEOPLE

DanielandSusanneLandgrebeThe mother of a 20-year-old from Newton Iowa who went on a cross-country trek to gather fodder for an “off-the grid book” has reported her son is missing.

Noted beautician, Susanne Landgrebe says she last heard from her son, Daniel, on June 24.

“In Cheyenne, Wyoming, they ran into this Freight Train Riders of America gang. If you Google anything about them, they’re like a horrible, violent gang that are well-known. I’d never heard of them, but they’re horrible,” Landgrebe says. “…Daniel got a knife pulled on him for getting in a freight car where one of the guys was in.” (more…)

Going off grid before we went off grid
by WRETHAOFFGRID on FEBRUARY 28, 2013 - 2 Comments in ENERGY, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

Before we moved to our off grid home, long before, we had begun purchasing the things we would need to live off grid. This meant solar panels, inverters, charge controllers, lots of wire and much of the other things we would need. Buying these things before we were ready to move meant we could bargain hunt, we could find deals on used items (Craigslist is your friend!) and none of this hit us too hard in the pocketbook.

Little did I know that we would be forced to put our off grid goodies to the test before we moved off grid. (more…)

Stops Along the Way: Part 2
by MOCHAGYPSY on JANUARY 5, 2013 - 6 Comments in MOBILE, PEOPLE, SELF-SUFFICIENCY

Five o’clock quickly arrived at my desk on my first night as a full-time RVer.  I left my office and walked into the dark parking lot knowing I would be home in less than 30 seconds.  No one from work knew it.  Since I land acting and print gigs on occasion, they believe my camper is to go on jobs out of town.  Half-truths go a long way.  I also made it a point for them to know that owning an RV has always been a dream of mine.  I considered letting my co-workers know of my new lifestyle, but I’ve grown less trusting with age.  My managers may feel less compelled to give me higher raises since I have fewer expenses.  My supervisor may look at me with scorn if I come in late on a snowy day. Co-workers may think I’m just plain kooky… and they would be right!  Yes, none of these things would be fair, but life isn’t fair and neither are people’s judgments and actions.  If the folks at work ever did find out (and some may already suspect), I guess it wouldn’t be a big deal.  However, why put myself out there if I don’t have to?

As I approached close to my camper, I visually took it all in.  “This is my home!”.  Realizing this felt odd, good… and a little scary.  I got in the van and drove to my RV friendly parking spot.  Like a dog, I instinctively circled the lot twice before parking.  There were two big rig trucks settled in for the night, so I parked next to them under a light post. (more…)

One or many?
by WRETHAOFFGRID on DECEMBER 9, 2012 - 2 Comments in COMMUNITY, WRETHA

Are you a lone ranger type of person or do you want to be with other like minded people in a group setting? There are different directions you can go when going off grid. I listen to different people discussing the pros and cons of going off grid all by your self, as a couple, as a family unit, with extended family, and in group or colony settings. (more…)

Vandwelling
by WRETHAOFFGRID on NOVEMBER 18, 2012 - 1 Comment in MOBILE, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

There are many ways of living off the grid, for some it means buying up some land, putting up a small cabin with solar panels and such, growing a garden, hunting and living as close to the land as possible. For others it means something entirely different. There is a whole culture around van living, ie living in a vehicle, usually a van or camper, not setting roots in any one place, being free to move around as they please. (more…)


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