Make Your Home Disaster Ready: Step by Step Guide

Make Your Home Disaster Ready: Step by Step Guide

If the past two years have taught us anything, it’s that we need to be prepared. Getting ready for a disaster is just common sense.

Hurricanes, tornados, and wildfires are increasing in severity. Economic disruptions caused by pandemics, wars, or inflation can cause household emergencies.

Solar VS. Propane Hot Water Heaters

Solar VS. Propane Hot Water Heaters

We all know how important hot water is for washing dishes, cooking food, bathing, and so on - which of course, makes it one of the most steadily needed resources in homes. How we heat our water makes a difference in our costs, ease of use, and carbon footprint.

Keep Cool Off Grid Without Traditional Air Conditioning

Keep Cool Off Grid Without Traditional Air Conditioning

No air conditioning. How do you live in the summer? I would just melt! One of the most common questions I’m asked, especially in July, is do I have air conditioning? How do people who live off-grid keep cool?

The answer is no, I don’t have air conditioning. However, I do have ways of dealing with the hot weather.

Using Epoxy in Your Next Green Building Project: A product review

Using Epoxy in Your Next Green Building Project: A product review

Epoxy is a resin that is often used to seal floors and countertops. It can also popular in crafts such as jewelry making. Epoxy is used to make a product more durable and to glue two parts together.

The question often comes up - Is Epoxy an environmentally friendly product?

I will be answering that question and taking you through an epoxy project I recently completed.

Essential Power Tools For Off-Grid Living

Essential Power Tools For Off-Grid Living

Off-grid living is a passion for many people. It provides for self-sufficiency, sustainability, and independence. Off-grid living allows you to detach from your regular busy lifestyle and offers you time to boost your energy. However, finding the right power tools that run well without conventional electricity can be a challenge.

Bartering for Goods and Services

Bartering for Goods and Services

Barter is a way of exchanging goods without using money. Basically you trade one thing for another. I have personally used barter in many ways to expand what I have on the homestead. You can trade a product for a product or you can trade labor for a product. I have done both. Barter works for homesteaders and suburbanites alike. This article will introduce you to what barter is and give you lots of examples of what I have given and received with bartering.

My DIY Off-Grid Outdoor Kitchen With Brick Oven and Grill

My DIY Off-Grid Outdoor Kitchen With Brick Oven and Grill

An outdoor kitchen is great for those persons living off-grid and needing some additional cooking options. It also makes a wonderful place to gather with family and friends.

An outdoor kitchen can provide you with a place to cook when the weather is hot or even in the dead of winter. You may have a set up with a grill, a campfire or a brick oven. Put out a table and chairs, some flower pots and voilà. I am going to share with you the example of what I did and building photos along the way.

Off-Grid Heat: Wood Versus Propane

Off-Grid Heat: Wood Versus Propane

Off-grid living brings a number of challenges on how to meet your basic needs. One of them is heating your home in the winter. Wood heat and propane are the two most popular options when you live off-grid. You can choose one over the other or possibly pick both.

As in my article comparing solar versus propane refrigeration, I am going to give you tips based on my 25+ years of living off the grid.

There are many advantages and disadvantages to both wood and propane. Let’s compare them.

Wind Energy - The Answer My Friend Is Blowing In The wind

Wind Energy - The Answer My Friend Is Blowing In The wind

The wind is a dynamic source of sustainable and renewable energy. and is the fastest-growing source of alternative energy worldwide.  It has a proven, reliable track record and is much cleaner than energy extracted from fossil fuels. This article will discuss the basics of wind energy, the pros and cons of wind energy, where it works best, how it works, types of systems, and how to see if wind power is right for you.

Composting Toilets Are Great: No Sh*T!

Composting Toilets Are Great: No Sh*T!

Composting toilets are a great bathroom solution when you live off-grid, a minimalist lifestyle or just want to be a good patron of the earth. Composting toilets do not need electric or plumbing, and are an easy DIY project or to install a purchased system.   Best of all they can easily fit inside a small cabin or tiny home.

Alternative Refrigeration: Propane VS. Solar

Alternative Refrigeration: Propane VS. Solar

One of the questions you will have to decide when you go off-grid is how are you going to keep your food cold. Refrigeration is something that we all need so that we can store food safely. In addition, freezing food is one way to keep food for future needs.

Can I run "THIS" on Solar Energy?

Can I run "THIS" on Solar Energy?

What can I run on solar energy? I get this question a lot. Well, the question is not ‘what can you run on solar energy.’ The question should be how many solar panels do I need to run my entertainment system or microwave. You need to look at specific things to determine the amount of energy you need. This article will look at how much solar energy you need for different applications.

On-Grid, Off-Grid, and Hybrid Solar Systems

On-Grid, Off-Grid, and Hybrid Solar Systems

With solar energy, you basically have two options. Grid-tied and Off-Grid. Both have advantages and disadvantages. Both ways will produce clean energy at a lower cost. Your carbon footprint will be lower and you will use less fossil fuels. This article will teach you about the differences between on and off-grid so you can decide which one is best for you.

Every Drop Counts: Rainwater Harvesting 101

Every Drop Counts: Rainwater Harvesting 101

Every year thousands of gallons of water falls to the ground in the form of precipitation. Rainwater harvesting is simply collecting that rain (or snow) in storage containers for future use. This article will show you why and how to collect rainwater.