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Living on a school bus
by RICHIEMACK on JANUARY 6, 2013 - 2 Comments in MOBILE

With a $12,000 budget, a San Fransisco couple decided to turn a 39-foot school bus into a dream home – that sleeps ten people.

To create their totally off-grid dwelling, Richard and Rachel, who run a blog, mounted six solar panels on the roof of the bus, installed a compost toilet, solar fridge and freezer and a propane-fed catalytic heater, stove and oven.

Rachel, who says they live rent-free, paying just $100 per month for maintenance, admitted that family and friends were ‘confused’ by their decision. ‘My mom’s reaction was “this isn’t the sixties.”

But as the duo explain on their blog, their dream was ‘to own our home, produce all of our necessities of living, and have the option to go where we wanted.’ (more…)

Unplug yourself movement
by AMY SUAREZ on MARCH 23, 2012 - 0 Comments in SPIRIT

Its easier than you might think

The third National Day of Unplugging, begins at sundown today (Friday).

We’re overdoing it with our go-to gizmos, unpluggers argue. We’ve become distracted, unavailable, oblivious, twitchy, obsessive, needy and, in some ways, insufferable. We need, they say, to give it a rest.

The National Day of Unplugging was started by a New York-based nonprofit called Reboot, which is working to reinvent Jewish traditions and culture in ways that resonate for a new generation of Jews and others. The unplugging idea appears to be gaining traction, says Tanya Schevitz, Reboot’s San Francisco-based national communications manager. (more…)

Jewel spurns Discovery
by SPY_VONDEGA on JANUARY 26, 2012 - 101 Comments in PEOPLE

Jewel Kilcher - prefers Bravo to Discovery

Raised off the grid in Alaska, singer Jewel Kilcher,  known professionally as Jewel, has sold tens of millions of records.  The multi-platinum-selling singer and songwriter also co-hosts a successful TV series.  But she is having nothing to do with her family’s latest venture – a low-budget reality show following their off-grid lives.

Her father and siblings are cashing in on her fame by allowing cameras from Discovery TV to follow them as they endure winter off the grid in Alaska. Jewel has not confirmed she is feeling betrayed by their decision to go for the series without her.  She says the roots of the family are more adventuring than ecological:  “”As a kid, we traveled by bush planes to Alaskan native villages. It would drop us off in the night, and dog sleds would pick us up in the village. I was probably about 6 or 7 years old.”

The simply titled, “Alaska: The Last Frontier,” is just the latest in the ever-expanding list of reality TV shows set in Alaska. (more…)

Off-grid homes lure Americans to New Zealand
by AMY SUAREZ on JANUARY 20, 2012 - 9 Comments in COMMUNITY

Preppers - a new kind of tourism for Taupo

Residents of Taupo NZ are hoping to “lure…Americans” to settle there by building an off-grid community.

The government has already earmarked the spot for a “Biosphere of the 21st century” and it is home to the New Zealand Clean Energy Centre.
The proposed family-style homes would be heated via geothermal or biomass sources, and electricity supplied via solar or wind energy.
Wastewater would be drip irrigated to energy crops that would provide future fuel for the community. Water would be supplied via rainwater collection.
There will be wi-fi internet along with communal vegetable gardens and septic tanks. (more…)

Friendly Input

I will be returning to an off-grid lifestyle in a semi-remote location within the next 6 months to the boreal region of Northern Ontario, Canada. I am NOT looking for others to move with me, but I would like to offer my ideas and wisdom regarding off-grid living. I used to live in the bush, and I may be able to offer something useful to newbies…:)I am not a hard-core homsteader, yet I am still dedicated to green living. I enjoy meeting new people and helping them out if I can, and maybe make some new friends in the process…:)

The Simpsons to go off the grid for 500th episode
by NICK ROSEN on JANUARY 11, 2012 - 2 Comments in EVENTS

Makers respond to growing interest in off-grid lifestyle

We’ve known for a while that the milestone 500th episode of “The Simpsons” would come somewhere early in 2012, but FOX has now nailed down a date for the episode: Sunday, Feb. 19.

The episode is called “At Long Last Leave,” and  scant details have been released by makers Fox.  We only know the episode involves the Simpsons being evicted from Springfield and taking up residence with an off the grid community outside town. When Homer and family try to return home they are treated so badly they come to respect the warm welcome they received from the off-gridders.

Its not the first time Homer and family have toyed with the off-grid life.  (more…)

looking for a group to move off grid with
by FREEDOM420 on JANUARY 2, 2012 - 10 Comments in I WANT TO GO OFF GRID

I’m looking to move off grid as soon as I graduate high school which will be the summer of 2012. I want to go with a group of people if possible and join or start some sort of community that is 100% self sustainable. I can move anywhere and am looking for open minded smart creative people.

Backpack for life

There are backpacks for the weekend, then there are backpacks for life.  If you are one of the many living off the grid above the snowline, or if you prefer carving lines beyond the boundaries of safety, you’re all too aware of the risks involved with avalanches. Float Backpacks ($685-$785) from Backcountry Access are designed to minimize excavation time — which is the biggest factor in avalanche fatalities — through an affordable and reusable avalanche airbag system. Here’s how it works: (more…)

New York Times journalist sullies off-grid out-house
by NICK ROSEN on MARCH 21, 2011 - 2 Comments in PEOPLE

The LA Times and The Washington Post both carried prominent reviews of my “Off the Grid: Inside the Movement for More Space, Less Government, and True Independence in Modern America”, but The New York Times merely lifted several stories from an advance copy of the book without attribution (for example this one). I wonder if the (rather stuffy) publishers were upset at the way their paper was characterized in the book?

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