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  • in reply to: Single women living off grid #67117
    northern person
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    Im building off grid in Canada. Were in the northwest territories. We can lease land for a small yearly tax. Ive built a large cabin and there is no such thing as building codes. As long as you keep things enviromentally sound your left alone.  Winter is long and cold but if your prepared its not a big deal. There is work nearby and you could sell wood in fall and winter and vegetables all summer long. There is wild game also. Its easy living

    in reply to: Where to live off the grid? #67118
    northern person
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    Koragg you should think Canada. What are your skills.

    in reply to: Propane freezer #66348
    northern person
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    consider a 12 volt freezer. You can make a insulated box with a hinged door on the top, than put your new freezer inside the box just make sure you cut opening in box for compressor. These will hardly ever run.

    in reply to: To Wanna be Off Gridders #65957
    northern person
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    desert deb I have also wondered why its always got to be a community. I mean my closest neighbor off grid is 4 km away and he is 76 years old. We live in an extreme climate yesterday it was -34 C. Your correct goverments and municipalities are going to start putting more obstructions in the way of off grid proposals. Utilities will rise 25% by 2015 and solar will be 10 -15% cheaper by than so its getting attractive. The banks, insurance companys, utilities, will continue to screw us and feds to. Now is the time to leave it behind and live without it.

    in reply to: holiday wish #65841
    northern person
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    Hi yes were close to McNally Creek. Getting water this winter has been bad as we havnt had that much snow and its mild. Sure is good drinking water and ice is nice for my rum and cokes

    in reply to: holiday wish #65842
    northern person
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    Hi yes were close to McNally Creek. Getting water this winter has been bad as we havnt had that much snow and its mild. Sure is good drinking water and ice is nice for my rum and cokes

    in reply to: holiday wish #65848
    northern person
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    Elnav I havnt installed my solar yet I have to complete my kitchen cabinets and appliances first. Your question in regards to tracker do you feel you can reduce 40 % of panels if trackert is used. I believe I will likely purchase but Im wondering if they are as good as people say

    in reply to: holiday wish #65834
    northern person
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    Hi Elnav if you do a google map search or use land buddy were very close to Great Slave Lake near small town of Enterprise. I am about 20 km from Enterprise just off highway going to Yellowknife. I would imagine you get even more snow in Prince Rupert than we do. Our lane from cabin to highway is only about 1/2 a km and it cut amongst the pines and spruce. We are able to keep this open using a pickup and a drag. Highways will also come in if your flag is up but this costs $150 but they really push the snow back which is requred once a year normally.

    Were on leased land which is the only option besides squatting. We have plenty of room for a garden (root crops) and a green house. Water is assible near by. Of course wood for heating is in abundance and cutting and hauling to town is profitable as wood sells for $ 250 a cord. We have moose, woodland caribou in the area so this helpsas well.

    I dont live at my cabin full time as Im still working on it. I am still working but plan to retire within four years. I am looking for someone to commit to moving into my cabin and staying there for a time this way I can finish it sell my house and retire. One of my problems is I have alot invested and cant complete cabin and leave it empty. Its disappointing that some people will damage what others have worked so hard to build. But this is the reality.

    Its a great area as it has cell phone coverage so turbo sticks work for lap top. We have all kinds of sun for 8 months of the year but will be required to charge batteries in the winter when five hours is all the sunlight we get for the day. I have one nieghbor about four km away. My cabin isnt visable from the highway but we can just hear the trafic go by. Just a nice way to simplify life and enjoy it.

    in reply to: tankless water heaters #65770
    northern person
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    Gordo if its 1500 watts on 120 volt a number 14 or 12 guage wire is all thats requred. The amperage would be about 12 amps.

    regards NG

    in reply to: tankless water heaters #65771
    northern person
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    Has anyone travelled to South or Central America the have a shower head that has a electric element inside it. I found they work ok but you need to keep your distance from them. I am fairly tall and found I could get a slight electric shock at times

    in reply to: tankless water heaters #65760
    northern person
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    The Bosch 260 is a very good choice for the cabin when using an RV pump, these can be setup for natural gas or propane. They are also very compact

    in reply to: AC or DC? #65733
    northern person
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    I have my cabin almost completed and wish I had done all my lighting in DC. My cieling fan, water pump, and deep freeze are all DC. I had a couple areas completed that I cant go back and change wiring to DC as I have AC outlets connected to these circuits. I hear people talk about cable sizing issues but this doesnt add alot of costs unless your project is huge. Lots of 12 volt appliances avialable which last forever

    in reply to: plans for off grid #65698
    northern person
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    N.A.P.S. Solar Store(info@solar-store.com

    in reply to: plans for off grid #65699
    northern person
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    N.A.P.S. Solar Store(info@solar-store.com

    in reply to: Help me plan to live completely off the grid? #65657
    northern person
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    Its very interesting in the different reasons to live off grid. For myself its to simplify life and retire early. Im 52 years old and have built a very nice cabin in the bush in canadian artic. I plan to retire in two to three years until than I wish to have somebody house sit my cabin. Its 1200 sq ft with solar, cell, computer wood heat, hot water,located just off main highway 20 km from nearest town. Is anyone up for an adventure.

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