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  1. Green Living
    My DH and I want to build a cabin that is around 800 sq. ft....2 bedrooms/1 bathrm...with a sloped roof towards the south...we figure we will need a system to provide 20 kWh a day...is it possible to have a solar power settle up to provide Us with enough energy to live off grid? I'am a total...
  2. Question and Answer
    So I have an acre of land that I want to build a small cabin on for the weekend and holidays. Can anyone recommend a good resource for ideas? I need plans for the cabin, ideas for water and septic (will probably go with standard well and septic, but maybe there are just as good options?)...
  3. Question and Answer
    I've seen that mentioned a few times and I'm curious as to exactly what that means. Does it mean no electric at all? No generators? Growing and raising all your own food? Solar panels? Completely self sufficient. I guess I'm just wondering how deep or how far does it go? Does it mean different...
  4. Preparedness and Survival
    I am thinking about our many power outages over the winter, and how that could possibly get worse with all the budget cuts that have been happening around here. I know it doesn't directly affect the power lines, but with the work crews being downsized and the threat of ice and snow, it's just a...
  5. General Chat
    Meaning totally off the grid, with solar, water catchment... we do have a phone line and DSL the Ph.Co. put in when they had a grant (2 miles for $10!). Curious about the food and so forth... One town one way is 25m and the other way is 55m. Be well... Ara & Spirit
  6. General Chat
    Hello everyone. It's been almost 1 year since my DH and I broke ground for our off grid home. We built it ourselves and my DH designed our solar system without any prior knowledge to solar systems. We have been living off our own electric for almost a year. It is great being so self sufficient...
  7. General Chat
    We moved in. Woo Hoo. For those of you that remember our story or those that are new, my husband and I built our own off grid home. We aren't completely done but we moved in this week. This is our whole story with pictures...
  8. General Chat
    http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/ basically u dl their program and u help scientists with research in finding cures for different diseases. jason told me about this a few mins ago. i thought it was pretty kool so i dl it.
  9. Utilities
    I know someone here was really facinating in his description of energy conservation *and I believe* he did some off the grid living. I wanted to pick brain about how one went about getting more solar powered electricity vs city power. Anyone else here who uses solar, i'd love to hear from too...
  10. Homesteading and gardening
    <H2>http://www.motherearthnews.com/library/2005_April_May/At_Home_in_Alaska!</H2> <H2>At Home in Alaska!</H2> <H5>Story and Photos by Mary Hillberry</H5>My husband, Mark, and I live with our two children on Moser Bay, about an hour from Ketchikan, Alaska. Our home is so close to the water that...
  11. Leisure & Media Arts
    Did anyone see last week's 30 days titled 'Off the Grid'? The 30 days program is all about living in someone else's shoes for 30 days. It's done by the guy who made Supersize Me. The first one he and his fiancee went to live in Ohio on Minimum wage for 30 days. The latest one had two urban...
  12. Homesteading and gardening
    http://news.mainetoday.com/apwire/D882GH6O6-35.shtml
  13. Homesteading and gardening
    Here is a great site, along with testimonies for going off grid. Also, the background page is incredible on this site. Enjoy!! http://www.offgrid.homestead.com/
  14. Homesteading and gardening
    Here is all the information you need. http://www.kansasenergy.org/offthegrid.htm
  15. Homesteading and gardening
    Have you ever thought of living off grid, having no electricity, using other means to supply their needs such as windmills, generators, propane lights, etc. Has urban homesteaders, this is one area we've not thought of. First I want my sewing machine to be able to work properly and when I...
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