Posts Tagged "offthegridnews"

Building an off-grid village
by NICK ROSEN on APRIL 11, 2014 - 3 Comments in COMMUNITY


I had an article on the Guardian web site today about a plan to build an off-grid village. It’s a very difficult thing to do in the UK because the powers-that-be are dead against it. But we have found a possible site in South Wales and we are looking for finance, and for pro bono help from lawyers, architects and housebuilders. (Contact
IF we do not succeed in raising finance for this project I will be trying to build an off-grid township in the USA where far more people live off grid already and there are fewer obstacles. (more…)

App uses social media data to make avoiding people easier
by TECHSTAR on MARCH 23, 2014 - 0 Comments in MOBILE, URBAN

A new iPhone app allows users to harness the power of social media to become as anti-social as possible.

Cloak lets users view a map with location data taken from their friends’ Foursquare and Instagram posts in order to avoid contact.

Users can flag specific friends — or all of them — and will receive an alert if they’re nearby. The warning distance ranges between within one block and 2 miles. (more…)

Prepping for an Emergency – Home Disaster Guide
by NICK ROSEN on MARCH 23, 2014 - 0 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY

Survive floods, earthquakes, hurrricanes and  violence with this handy guide

Disaster expert Jessica Merritt

Thanks to Jessica Merritt for this comprehensive guide to surviving natural disasters. This is Part 1 -part 2 tomorrow.

Natural disasters affect every area of America, and no home is immune to the threat of emergencies. These disasters can threaten your property, even your life. And there are simple steps you can take to protect your home and family in the event of an emergency. We’ll share expert tips for preparing your home to survive tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, and floods. Being prepared for natural disasters and emergencies can protect your property — and it just might save your life. Be ready by following our guide to natural disaster preparedness.

Emergency Preparedness Basics

For any emergency, you’ll need the basics: a plan and an emergency kit. Be ready for natural disasters with these tips that apply for any emergency.

Home emergency plan: (more…)

Send us your Off-grid Selfies

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Selfies round the world

Its time to put your head above the parapet – stand up for what you believe – let others know how GREAT it is to live off the grid and SHOW people the beauty of the life we have chosen to lead. SEND YOUR SELFIES to

There are so many who doubt that off-grid community even exists, and who doubt that it is a viable lifestyle and doubt that they could do it themselves – even if the do believe in the viability of living off the grid.

PLEASE lets show the grid what we do, how we do it and who we are – - send us your selfies and we will showcase your lifestyle online – (more…)

Winter wonderland
by WRETHAOFFGRID on DECEMBER 8, 2013 - 0 Comments in WRETHA

PICT0001We had a very pretty day yesterday, it was one of those rare days that was cold but not so bitter that you didn’t want to go out. My friend and I had to go into town in the morning, it had been foggy, windy and cold overnight, we didn’t know what to expect in the morning, there was a chance we couldn’t go into town. We woke up to this sight, a winter wonderland of ice crystals that had grown on the windward side, growing in furry spiky delicate ice crystals. (more…)

Let us film you and we will help find you an off-grid home
by NICK ROSEN on NOVEMBER 14, 2013 - 51 Comments in COMMUNITY, PEOPLE

Be part of a community

Join us and free yourself

We are looking for people who have the skills and the resources and want to make the move from their existing lives inside mainstream society, leave their jobs and their mortgages and their high-spending consumer habits, and move to a low-stress, low-consumption life off the grid.

Of course there will still be a need for at least some to work and make money, still a need to generate power, wash, cook, have shelter. But we want to show the world all these things are possible in total comfort, with no stress, off the grid, if you arrange yourself cleverly.

There are many reasons why I have been trying to make a film or a web series about people who are making the move to live off-grid. The first is that the masses of material on TV at the moment never seems to reflect real people and their real lives. (more…)

Private Underground Shelters
by NICK ROSEN on NOVEMBER 6, 2013 - 1 Comment in URBAN

Kansas Underground shelter owner Roberto Vicino of TerravivosDisaster preparedness is big business in the USA. The big banks all have shadow rooms, vast cavernous buildings on the edge of New York and Chicago where the entire dealing team cold decamp in the event of another 9/11 or another Sandy or a power outage caused by a solar flare – actually not the last one, because then everything would go phut.

The U.S. government maintains a series of deep underground bunkers. Their purpose is mostly to protect the president and top U.S. government officials from a catastrophic incident.

But very little is done to protect private citizens from the effects of global catastrophes. We will largely be left to fend for ourselves.

Until Now. (more…)

Utilities enter the Death Spiral
by TECHSTAR on OCTOBER 27, 2013 - 0 Comments in ENERGY

offthegridnews,eric valli, utilitiesElectricity and water rates are set to rise sharply because so many households and business are now generating their own power and managing their own water supply. The Utility company fixed costs are not going to change however many people close their accounts and go it alone. So those costs have to be paid by a shrinking pool of consumers.
Utility executives even have a name for the nightmare scenario which more and more solar panels, or boreholes or wind turbines could create – they call it the “death spiral.”They fear solar’s rapid spread across homes and businesses, combined with the increasing efficiency of modern buildings and appliances, could slowly erode the utilities’ ability to generate profits. (more…)

Why Fracking is Coming to the UK
by NICK ROSEN on AUGUST 5, 2013 - 3 Comments in ENERGY

Perjurer Lord Browne - Drill Baby, Drill

Perjurer Lord Browne – Drill Baby, Drill

Prophetically, this web site has been warning about the dangers of fracking since 2010.

But widespread fracking (pumping water into cracks in the rock to force out shale gas) in the UK is now inevitable unless a massive Occupy-style campaign springs up to prevent it. Opponents say that fracking can cause earthquakes and damage homes, but the real fear is that it provides a cover for more energy consumption and lets the energy business ride roughshod over rural areas.

There is a small chance that mass opposition will emerge, but even then opponents of fracking will almost certainly lose the argument because the forces lined up in its support are far too powerful. (more…)

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