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LED technology and DIY
by WRETHAOFFGRID on OCTOBER 19, 2014 - 0 Comments in WRETHA


Off gridders have been around for a long time, but it’s just been recently that technology has been available to make living off grid as cushy as any grid connected home, not only available but affordable as well. One thing everyone needs is light, we have several different options to light the darkness, candles, oil lamps, Coleman lanterns, flashlights, incandescent bulbs, CFL bulbs and most recently, LED lights.

I think all of us have used many of these options at some point in our lives, I can remember camping as a kid and having Coleman lanterns and flashlights, but most of these are either expensive, use up too much power, or they are risky to use (specifically the ones that use fire). (more…)

Coyote Flats – a sod hobbit home

Harvey Baumgartner’s decision to live in a sod home sans electricity and indoor plumbing was a conscious choice, based on practicality and philosophy. He is profoundly committed to conservation. Harvey is always willing to help a neighbor, yet quite content to tend to his goats, chickens, horses, mules, and his organic gardens.


Ascalapha Odorata aka Duppy Bat
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 2, 2014 - 1 Comment in WRETHA

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My late night visitor, these huge creatures show up each year in late spring early summer, they become active in the late evening and night, they can startle or even scare you, though they are completely harmless, unless you count your reaction as you jump off the trail and try not to trip or fall.

I have been walking across my property at night, the flashlight illuminating my way, when something large and dark darts through the shaft of light, my initial reaction is it must be a bat, it’s the same size and general shape of a bat, as it flits through the light again, I realize that bats aren’t attracted to light, they fly around in the dark but tend to avoid light and people. (more…)

Tiny home in Hawaii
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JUNE 5, 2014 - 0 Comments in WRETHA

Tiny home in Hawaii

I think we can all appreciate Johnny Sanphillippo’s situation, he worked hard at a job he loved that unfortunately didn’t net him a large salary, of course if you were to ask him, I’m sure he would tell you that money isn’t the most important thing in the world, not something to run after at all costs.

Johnny cleaned houses, he painted homes and gardened for a living, he lived in California, there was no way he was going to be able to qualify for a mortgage on a home of his own, something he really wanted. He decided that going small would be the best thing for him, he purchased a lot in Hawaii and began working toward building a small home, one that he could afford, and one that allow him to retire later on without having to worry about having a pension or major money coming in. (more…)

Grandma goes TEOTWAWKI
by WRETHAOFFGRID on AUGUST 26, 2009 - 11 Comments in WRETHA

1I ran across this article today, it’s about a grandmother who has made the active choice to protect herself by prepping for an uncertain future. She made changes in her lifestyle to help her get through any tough times that might come her way. I say with tongue firmly planted in cheek, this grandma has gone all TEOTWAWKI, all I can say is, you go granny! (more…)

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