The Advantages Of AGM Sealed Batteries For Your RV Or Off-Grid

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Sealed batteries, particularly the AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) battery, is becoming increasingly popular for off-grid applications and have always been preferred in RV or trailer applications due to their safety attributes. The AGM battery is a lead acid battery, but unlike its traditional counterpart it is sealed tight and offers a number of advantages that […]

How to Make Fire With a Lemon – Fact or Fiction?

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How to Make Fire With a Lemon – Fact or Fiction? When SHTF, sometimes we need to get creative. While you may not have all of these items on hand, I just wanted to show you what you can do with items you may be able to scavenge and a little ingenuity (MacGyver anyone?). Ok, …

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Tips for Using Emergency Generators

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Tips for Using Emergency Generators A backup generator can be a godsend during power outages, but making sure you’re prepared takes more than just buying one and “waiting for a rainy day.” In addition to making sure you understand how much power your property needs to function, you’ll want to make sure you get a …

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DIY Solar Oven Prototype 1

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DIY Solar Oven Prototype 1 Cooking is an everyday part of survival unless you’re happy to crouch in the dark eating straight from a cold can of beans. Collecting firewood isn’t too hard – but in a long term survival situation, you’ll have to travel farther and farther to find the fuel you need, especially …

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OFFGRID Living: How many solar panels and Batteries do you need to run your home?

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Easy to follow information on how much power you consume, how many batteries you need to power your home, and how many solar panels you need to maintain those batteries. […]

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The Truth About EMP Strikes

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The Truth About EMP Strikes An EMP (ElectroMagnetic Pulse) is still a terrifying reality. It’s a reality that America is still not prepared to face. We have done serious analysis of the issue and its yielded some results, but a nuclear bomb detonated over America could still destroy our power grid or at least sections. Sections …

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Solar Generator vs Fuel Generator

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Solar Generator vs Fuel Generator One of the first purchases I made when getting into serious preparedness was a gas generator. Not only the necessity for electrify drove me but also the importance of creature comforts. My power goes out and then it comes back on. I am happy with my gas generator. That said …

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Save Money with Increased Self-Sufficiency

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Becoming more self-sufficient can help you save money in so many different ways. Perhaps the original driving force behind becoming more self-reliant wasn’t money, but once you start developing skills and independence, it just might become a pleasant side effect.

Of course there are so many different ways to increase your self-sufficiency, and most of these aren’t going to happen overnight. But let’s take at five things that your great-grandparents probably did, and that you can do, too, in order to save money.

Grow it, keep it, use it and don't forget about the sun. Five tips for increasing self-sufficiency while saving money. Try the free solar calculator to find out what you need.

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Grow It Yourself

This is DIY, except with food! You can grow your own fruits, vegetables, spices, and herbs. There are a variety of different ways that you can grow your own food, including planting your own vegetable garden, growing non-hybrid vegetables and harvesting your own seeds, and using square foot gardening techniques in order to grow a lot of food in very small spaces. You don’t need a hundred acres and a team of horses to grow your family’s food.

Want to get even more self-reliant and frugal? Homemade compost and composted manure are fabulously frugal, even if you need to get them from someone else. Just be sure to source your compost and manure locally.

Potatoes and winter squash, in my experience, grow with almost no attention, and a 10 pound bag of seed potatoes can easily become a hundred pounds or more of storage potatoes in your root cellar! The frugal way is to plant the potatoes that sprout over the winter.

Did you know that you can get varieties of many fruit trees that can grow in a large planter pot? What’s more frugal and self-reliant than an apple tree? Well, an orchard, to be honest. The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is always ‘today’.

Frugal gardeners don’t like being bound to short growing seasons. Build a greenhouse, or pick up a kit that lets you put one together quickly.

Go Au Naturel

No, no, no – leave your clothes on. That’s not what I meant.

There are SO many ways that you can use renewable, natural resources in order to be more self-sufficient AND save a boatload of money.

Do you heat with wood? (If you can, you should.) Instead of buying split wood, buy it in chunks or even logs and split it yourself. As a comparison, we can buy 8′ lengths of hardwood logs for about $100 per cord. Split wood that is ready to age, though, is well over $300 per cord, and aged firewood – I don’t even want to ask anyone.

How about water? I realize that there are some areas where rainwater harvesting is restricted for a variety of reasons. (Just as not everyone is about to burn firewood) But if you CAN harvest your own rainwater, do it! Rainwater is great for watering your garden. That’s a common bit of advice. What you might not know, though, is that rainwater is soft water and therefore fabulous for washing your hair and for cooking dried beans! Just make sure you filter the water well if you’re using it for beans.

And then there is … the sun! It’s funny how often we ignore it because the sun is one of the best ways to increase your self-sufficiency in so many different ways. The most obvious, in my opinion, are solar panels.

I despise paying electricity bills. If you find yourself sending hundreds of dollars every month to the power company, and especially if you then deal with power outages throughout the year, you might be wondering if there’s a better way.

There is. Install solar panels and get a solar array set up for your home, and say goodbye to power bills. If it works for us, here in dark and cloudy Nova Scotia, where we average something like two hours of sunlight a day in December … it can work for you.

Try this fun, simple to use solar calculator!

The power of solar goes beyond solar electricity, though. Some people heat their homes entirely with solar heating panels, and solar water heaters do away with the cost of your electric or gas hot water tank. And don’t forget that retro-progessive, solar-power method of clothes drying – hanging them out on the line.

Grow it, keep it, use it and don't forget about the sun. Five tips for increasing self-sufficiency while saving money. Try the free solar calculator to find out what you need.

Be Like Old MacDonald

No matter where you live, you can probably figure out a way to raise some livestock. Even apartment dwellers can raise a few bunnies or rent a field and barn to raise some pigs.  Some of the most common small livestock are chicken and ducks, sheep, goats … and even bees. Chickens and ducks provide eggs, meat and manure. Goats or small cows give milk, pigs essentially turn compost into bacon, and bees make honey.

It goes farther, though. Goats and sheep (provided you have the right breeds) can provide you with materials for spinning, knitting and crochet. If you learn to spin wool into yarn, you can make some of your own blankets and clothing. Snuggle under a warm wool blanket on a cold winter’s night and you might think that you’ve discovered how to spin straw into gold!

Store It

There’s no sense going to the work of growing all of that food unless you know how to store it. If it’s possible, consider building a root cellar. Learning to can foods means that you can preserve a lot of what you grow or cook and enjoy it all year.

Use and Reuse

You’ve probably heard that slogan from World War II – Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without. When you use and reuse whatever you can as much as possible, you reduce waste and find new and creative ways to do things. Not only does this increase your self-sufficiency, but it will save you a lot of money.

There are many ways that you can become more self-sufficient. Be conscious of alternative techniques to improve your health and well being, your impact on the environment, and your wallet, and you may find other ways to increase your self-reliance as well.

The Ultimate Offgrid Power Solution? Tesla to start selling Solar Roof Shingles

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The latest innovation in solar technology will allow you to turn your entire roof into a solar power generator while being completely invisible from the street. […]

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DIY Emergency Lights From Solar Yard Lights

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DIY Emergency Lights From Solar Yard Lights Being able to see when the sun is down and the power is out is usually not a big deal. Emergency lighting in most buildings and the flashlight feature on millions of smart phones around the globe is enough for the general populace. The main problem with that …

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How To Make Hot Ice Using Homemade Sodium Acetate

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How To Make Hot Ice Using Homemade Sodium Acetate Before you attempt this please do it with safety glasses on and be careful, as with any chemicals. You do this at your own risk please take the time to read our disclaimer Sodium acetate or hot ice is an amazing chemical you can prepare yourself from …

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5 Ways To Heat Your Home For Free

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5 Ways To Heat Your Home For Free Staying warm for free… I love these projects! With all things that involve flame, please remember to be responsible and do not leave these burning with no supervision. The last thing I would want is you to burn your house down. That being said, in a SHTF …

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DIY Mini Bio-Gas Plant Using Decomposable Organic Material

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DIY Mini Bio-Gas Plant Using Decomposable Organic Material Did you know you can produce your own gas to cook with from decomposable organic material and kitchen waste? Well, you can 🙂 The bio-gas produced from food waste, decomposable organic material, and kitchen waste consists of methane and a little amount of carbon dioxide. It is a …

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Transportation During a Grid-Down Disaster

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Transportation During a Grid-Down Disaster Although many feel that it may be unlikely for the entire electrical grid to shut down – after numerous warnings from government agencies regarding recent attacks to this system, it’s safe to say that the possibility is real and out there. Some of us might be considering how awful it …

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How to Purify Pine Resin and Make Pine Pitch

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How to Purify Pine Resin and Make Pine Pitch Purifying pine resin is the key to make some great wilderness glue also known as pine pitch. Make some today and get some classic wilderness skills down! Well, I have to share this topic with you as my mind has been blown. Let me first start by …

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Adventures in Off-Grid Living: What I’ve Learned Since Going Solar

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Adventures in Off-Grid Living: What I’ve Learned Since Going Solar A lot of us talk about going solar nowadays. Whatever the motive, either eco-consciousness or to be more self-sufficient for a SHTF situation, going with renewable energy is a great idea. As with most big changes, there’s a lot that goes into the transition from …

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Communication After an EMP

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Communication After an EMP Do you know how to communicate after an EMP? What kind of gear will you be needing? What will you use after the electronics in your location have mostly all gone down? Have any idea how to protect your electronics from a potential EMP? If you’re interested in finding out, today’s …

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Prepping for Climate Change: The Effects on the US

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Prepping for Climate Change: The Effects on the US One of our new writers believes the climate change threat is real, and on our doorstep. What do you think? Does it hurt for a prepper to be prepared for the worst case situation, regardless if climate change is happening now? Let’s do a quick poll: …

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How To Build a Solar Heated Large Scale Dehydrator

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How To Build a Solar Heated Large Scale Dehydrator If you’re living off the grid or homesteading, you probably already know how challenging it can be to come up with food stores. Preserving food is always an option, but can be time consuming and labor intensive, especially if you’re off the grid. Luckily, Instructables has …

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DIY Large Mobile Solar Power System

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DIY Large Mobile Solar Power System I have covered a simple portable solar generator many times over the years.. They work great but what if you needed a bigger solar generator and still wanted it mobile enough to take it with you where ever you go, either camping or bugging out? I found a great …

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When the Grid Goes Down, You Better Be Ready!

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When the Grid Goes Down, You Better Be Ready! We all rely so much on the grid, from things as simple as charging our cell phones, to running our water heaters and cooking our food! Let’s think for a second, what have you got in place right this minute if the power went out you …

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Could the Survival Bike be Your Bug Out Vehicle of Choice?

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Could the Survival Bike be Your Bug Out Vehicle of Choice? One important part of prepping is making sure you have an economical mode of transportation in the event that we don’t have access to gas. There are always biofuels, but large, heavy vehicles will guzzle these just like they do fossil fuels. A practical …

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3 Emergency Heat Sources When The Power’s Out

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3 Emergency Heat Sources When The Power’s Out All homes nowadays have to stick to building code to heat houses, they have to all be able to keep a house above or at the comfort zone for living. There are a few problems with that however, most heaters need electricity to run. If you have …

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How to Make a ‘Poor Man’s Hot Tub

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How to Make a ‘Poor Man’s Hot Tub Ok, this is just cool. This project “How to Make a ‘Poor Man’s Hot Tub” is just right up my street. If you have the back yard to do this why not put it on your bucket list. The one item you’ll need is an old cast-iron …

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How To Make A Horno Oven

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How To Make A Horno Oven This is a great multi purpose oven, if you are camping, hiking or just surviving this Horno oven or in simple terms, a brick or stone and mud oven could cook your food, boil water so you can drink it and keep your shelter warm long after the flames go …

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DIY Portable Solar Power Unit For Camping Or Emergencies

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DIY Portable Solar Power Unit For Camping Or Emergencies Having electricity is a huge convenience, even if you’re camping. Not only can it charge electronics you can use for critical equipment, it can make things more comfortable. Having a small power unit can help you run an emergency radio, run the lights around your camp, …

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6 Generator Tips to Prepare You for the Next Storm

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6 Generator Tips to Prepare You for the Next Storm “Snowpocalypse” has come and gone in the Southeast, and while the stores may have run out of milk and bread, the accumulation was not nearly as bad as predicted. Don’t get complacent about disasters yet, as it has not been too long since winter weather, …

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Solar Powered Bike That Could Get You Out Of Dodge

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Solar Powered Bike That Could Get You Out Of Dodge This solar powered bike could get your ass out of dodge and without the sound of a gas engine. This quiet beast could be your saving grace. I have been toying with the idea of a second vehicle for my prepping for years. I just …

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DIY Self-Pressurizing, Chimney-Type Alcohol Stove

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DIY Self-Pressurizing, Chimney-Type  Alcohol Stove If you want one of the most efficient survival cooking stoves known to man, you are at the right place… Don’t spend a fortune on the big heavy propane stoves when you can make a self-pressurizing, chimney stove for cheap. This is a great project for anyone to try out. …

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16 Ways to Warm Up a Cold Room

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16 Ways to Warm Up a Cold Room Do you have a room in your house that’s always colder than the rest of the house? Or maybe your entire home is colder than you’d like. Whether you’re trying to save money on your heating bill or you’re just forever chillier than the rest of your …

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LuminAID Solar Inflatable Light, Semi-Transparent

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LuminAID Solar Inflatable Light, Semi-Transparent I have to say this piece of kit is awesome! It requires no batteries and can light up an area better than a flashlight! I know you can make a similar one of these yourself with a headlamp and a milk jug full of water but if you were bugging …

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How To Hack A Wind Up Flashlight For Emergency Power

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How To Hack A Wind Up Flashlight For Emergency Power This emergency power will allow you to power up your cell phone, PDA or other small electronics, this is a really easy and cheap way of producing emergency power when you need it. This hack is that good, the flashlight still works after you modify …

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Harlan Meeks On Low Watt Living And Backup Power |episode 129

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This week I welcome on Harlan Meeks to the podcast. He is the host of the Low Watt Living Podcast.

On his podcast, Harlan Meeks covers a wide variety of topics on backup power, alternative energies, and survival. 

We talk about keeping your lights on during a power outage. From using rechargeable batteries in your headlamp to generators. 

I ask Harlan Meeks about how he keeps his cell phone powered on at all times. He says his phone never dies. This is done with a battery case and USB battery packs. 

We talk about all that and more today. 

 

  • Who Is Harlan Meeks and how did you  get into Survival and backup power
  • Tell Me about The Low Watt Living Podcast
  • What do you use for lighting during an emergency or power outage?
  • What do you look for in a flashlight and lantern?
  • Give me an overview of your backup power then we will dig into a few
  • Tell me about  your backup battery bank
  • Keeping your cell phone on
  • Off grid refrigeration
  • Pirate Radio and Christian Slater
 
 

 
 

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  • Most Recommended book or favorite? Dandelion Medicine.
  • What song is your favorite right now? Sound Of Silence, Disturbed cover. 
  • Top advice for our listeners? Always Have A knife. 
  • Stranded on an island what nonsurvival item do you take? Metal Buckets.
 
 
 

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How To Build a Solar-Powered Water Heater

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How To Build a Solar-Powered Water Heater That Works All Year Round If the power goes out there is very little chance that you can produce enough hot water to fill your needs through wood fire alone. There are many methods of warming water with no power. The easiest and most simple is to just …

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Easy DIY Solar Charger and PSU [updated]

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Easy DIY Solar Charger and PSU Now this is a little more advanced than taking an old garden solar light and quickly turning it into a phone charger. This is the king of solar garden hacks! Solar power is not as expensive as you may think. Small scale anyway. With other solar projects I have …

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How To Build a Wood-Gasifier (Power for when SHTF)

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How To Build a Wood-Gasifier (Power for when SHTF) Whether you want to be off the grid or simply prepared in the event of a sustained power outage, you are going to need an alternate source of energy at some point.  A generator would seem like the practical solution to the energy problem, but what …

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Why Freezing Batteries Is A Waste Of Time

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Why Freezing Batteries Is A Waste Of Time Batteries are something many people take for granted. They don’t even consider all the things we use on a daily basis that have a battery in them! Watches, cell phones, flashlights, cars/trucks/motor vehicles, computers/tablets…the list goes on and on. They can (and do) save lives, too! Freezing …

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Alternative Energy Sources for Your Home

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Yes, most of us depend on the local electric company for our energy needs. Not all of us even have the power to choose from differing rates like they do in cities like Dallas. Most of the time, especially in smaller areas, there is just the one power company and you either go with them or you don’t have power.

The thing is, traditional power companies aren’t the only way to get energy to our homes. What’s more, you don’t need to go off the grid to have these types of alternative energy sources in your home. Some of these types of energies include things like:

  • Solar power
  • Wind power
  • Water power
  • Geothermal energy

Why don’t we take a look at a few of these more closely?

Solar Power

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There are people out there who claim that solar power for the home is the energy of the future. They wouldn’t be too far off base either. It is a renewable source of energy and can be done on very large or very small scales. Right now, the prices for the equipment are falling and there are other financial incentives in place. These alone can make this a tempting option. There are even some cases where a home solar power system will create more energy than it needs and some of this can actually be sold back to your local utility company. As nice as all of this sounds, there are some things you will need to consider if you want to take this route. They include:

Wind Power

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Some people are turning to wind power as a source of energy for their homes. This is done by installing a small wind turbine. These are basically generators of electricity. They use the power of the wind to create power that is clean and free from emissions for family homes, farms, and even some small businesses. This technology is simple and gaining in popularity and allows for people to create their own energy and slash their energy bills while doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint and help the environment. Like with solar power, the government does offer rebates as well as tax credit programs to encourage people to turn to this as a source of energy.

Water Power

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Water power has been in use for homes for longer than either of the first two and there are hydroelectric power plants scattered across the country. That is large scale hydro power. However, if you happen to have a creek, stream, or other source of water flowing on your land, you can have your own hydropower system. Typically, a 10 – kilowatt system is enough to power a large home or even a small farm. To do this, you will need to figure out how much power you can get from the water on your land and will have to get the proper water rights and permits. This type of power is also eligible for rebates and some tax credits from the government.

When you are ready to say goodbye to high energy bills and invest in your own source of power, check with the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiencies to see what tax credits and rebates are offered in your area.

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25 Ways to Keep Warm Without Turning On, Or Turning Up The Heat

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25 Ways to Keep Warm Without Turning On, Or Turning Up The Heat Winter can be brutal in most of the states here in America. With the exception of a few we all spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars on our heating bills. Well, I can testify that being frugal and being smart about heating …

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Off Grid Self-Sufficient Home Inside a Mountain

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Off Grid Self-Sufficient Home Inside a Mountain I came across this amazing self-sufficient property in Utah that shows you really cool ideas when it comes to living off the grid. Try building your home in a mountain! This is a 2100 square foot, 3 bedroom home that was literally built inside the cliffs of Montezuma …

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How to Build a Decent Solar Power Station

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How to Build a Decent Solar Power Station There are a lot of these types of solar projects out there on the internet. This DIY solar project is slightly different though, this is actually a decent one .. It’s all boxed in and no nasty cheap looking wires hanging out from every nook and cranny. …

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14 Simple DIY Solar Power Projects

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14 Ingenious Simple DIY Solar Power Projects Solar power is getting big these days. Its also pretty expensive but if you follow these 14 simple DIY projects you could be off the grid quicker than you can say electricity. Spend a little on materials (no where near as much as the solar companies charge) and …

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DIY Solar USB Charger – Upcycle An Old Altoids Tin

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DIY Solar USB Charger – Upcycle An Old Altoids Tin DIY solar USB charger projects are just plain easy and awesome. Save money and make your own today! Well I have seen it all now. This is such a cool idea. Upcycle an Altoids tin or any other tin like item into a solar powered …

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The Power’s Out: What’s Your Plan?

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The Power’s Out: What’s Your Plan? You’re sitting at home relaxing when suddenly, the power’s out. Most people simply groan with frustration and complain about being interrupted. The more extreme reactions include freaking out and panicking. The prepper reacts differently to such things. They may be a little put out by the interruption but rarely …

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How To Bring Dead Ni-Cad Batteries Back To Life

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How To Bring Dead Ni-Cad Batteries Back To Life Stop having your Ni-Cad batteries stop charging and losing power and dying all the time. Save a lot of money over the year and have a way to keep your Ni-Cad batteries in peak performance in an emergency.  I love learning something new everyday. This is why …

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DIY Vertical Axis Wind Turbine

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DIY Scalable Vertical Axis Wind Turbine In this project, you will see how to build a small DIY VAWT, Vertical Axis Wind Turbine. The project I am sharing wont get you much over 50 watts of production, though it would be fairly simple to double the size of the blade area to increase power. Whats …

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How To Make A Solar ICE Maker

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How To Make A Solar ICE Maker In the unlikely event of a power outage wouldn’t it be great to relax and stay cool, knowing you have other options? I found a great website that shows us a simple solar-powered ice maker setup that will let you keep food and drinks chilled with ice, even …

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Alternative Energy Battery Type 101

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Alternative Energy Battery Type 101   If you need the power you rely on to survive to always be there when you need it, it is critically important to have good energy storage capacity. This is especially true when you are off grid. Solar, wind and hydropower are all great alternative sources of energy, however …

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How To Make A Solar Cooking Jar & Split Pea and Potato Soup Recipe

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How To Make A Solar Cooking Jar If you are a lone wolf or have a limited budget and a solar oven is to expensive or to bulky for a bug out, then I have a simple small solution that’s easy to make and easy to carry. THE SOLAR COOKING JAR. This is so easy …

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Surviving the Summer without Air Conditioning

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This article has been contributed by Anne Marie Duhon. Anne Marie is a wife, mother of six and a full time off-gridder. She and her husband currently live in a totally off grid 200 sq foot “tiny home” and are in search of (again) that elusive perfect spot to call home. Besides being a wife and mother she, and her family, have raised many different animals on their various homesteads and have lived and loved being off the grid and many miles from the nearest paved road. She would like to share her first hand experiences and help others to learn to live and love living off grid and being as self reliant as possible.

keeping cool in summer without acYes, believe it or not, it can be done.

No, it won’t be an easy thing but it has and is being done all over the world for a lot longer than air conditions have been around.

I remember when I was a very young girl my parents putting in our first air conditioner and us kids laying on the living room floor basking in the cool air. Air conditioning as we know it now has only been around for like 40 years or so. Man has always looked for a way to stay cool in the summer.

Low-Tech Tips on Keeping Cool in the Summer

Here are some ideas and tips to make your air conditioner less summer more bearable:

  • If you can switch up your work schedule. Put the outside chores for early in the morning or later in the evening and leave the hottest part of the day for inside the house or just sitting around.
  • Wear cool clothes but do cover up. I find I am cooler in my skirts than in my shorts! Always wear a hat or a bonnet when working outside. Clothes make shade for your body and protect it from the direct rays of the sun.
  • Drink a lot! Water or Gatorade is better than soda for you but really it is all about the cool drink cooling you off from the inside.
  • Don’t eat a heavy meal during the hottest part of the day. The body creates heat digesting food and will just make you hotter.
  • Seek shade just like animals do. Find the coolest place in the house; a basement, the north side of the house, the part of the house that is under a tree and shaded things like that.
  • Try getting wet if only your feet (I’m soaking my piggy’s in a bucket of cool water right now as I write this and it helps!) Dampen your head/hair and put a cool wet rag on your neck. You will be surprised at how much that really does help.
  • If it is really hot hit the library and enjoy their air conditioning! Or go to the city pool (not me I’m WAY too shy!) or walk the mall.

And Some More Involved Tips…

Those ideas are low tech and cheap! Here are a few that are a little more involved:

  • Fans! The moving air will help dissipate your sweat making you feel much cooler. Try putting a big block of ice (like what you would get for a cooler) behind the fan so the air gets sucked over the ice and it will drop the temp in a small room noticeably.
  • If you live in a dry hot climate try “swamp coolers” or evaporative fans. These are fans that have little hoses and nozzles on them that spray a fine mist in the air.
  • Cover south facing windows during the day to keep out the sun and open windows on the cooler north side or ones that are located under trees. This is just the reverse of what you would want to do in the winter.
  • Open windows at night to bring the cooler night air in and close them during the day to retain the cool air for as long as possible.

Tips on Building a “Summer-Proof” Home

If you know in advance of building your home that you are not going to be having air conditioning here are some ideas that you can incorporate into the build:

  • Make for sure that there are large deciduous trees shading the south and west sides of the house. Trees release water vapor from their leaves when they “breathe” and it is much cooler under a tree!
  • Build your house out of rock, stone or concrete. Works great for both winter and summer by storing heat in the walls and keeping the inside cooler/warmer.
  • Heck build your house underground! Even just the depth of a normal home deep will keep the house cooler in the summer because of the mass of earth around it on all sides. Go real crazy and build your home in a cave!
  • If you are building a “normal” stud frame home bulk up on insulation in the walls and ceiling and situate the windows and doors for maximum air flow throughout the home.
  • Put awnings over the very necessary south windows to shade out the high hot summer sun but allow the lower cooler winter sun in to passively warm the house in the winter. Make all windows insulated or double-paned.

Summer is not an easy time for man or beast but we all can make it as long as we think and take precautions.

That and you will become accustomed to not having air conditioning it is called acclimating and when you go to an air conditioned place you will find it uncomfortably cold! It usually takes about two weeks of dealing with the heat and sweating like a horse before you are acclimated but after that you will see your spoiled friends gasping and sweating while you just motor on!

Enjoy the summer it does not last forever!

How To Convert an Old Washing Machine Into a Water Powered Generator

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How To Convert an Old Washing Machine Into a Water Powered Generator I am so thankful I came across this video. Buddhanz1 shows us how to take an old washing machine and turn it into a 600 watt water powered generator. This thing is so easy to do and costs so little to build. Buddhanz1 says he runs his …

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DIY Stationary Bike Generator From an Old Washing Machine

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DIY Stationary Bike Generator From Old Washing Machine This great tutorial on how to build a generator from an old bike and a washing machine could make you the frugal off the grid person you have dreamed of, for cheap 🙂 You might be wondering why the heck would you want to build a manual …

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How to Make a Solar-Powered Battery Charger

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How to Make a Solar-Powered Battery Charger A recent group of storms blew through my area and left us, along with millions of other people and many of the businesses in my town, without power for several days. I was incredibly grateful for a handcrank/solar-powered radio that I’ve had for years. It keep me abreast of …

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Simple DIY Home Solar Power System

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Simple DIY Home Solar Power System If you are thinking about making the leap to solar, this is the time to do it. Financial incentives from the government will make the transition much easier and the cost of solar panels keeps coming down every day. Bottom line: solar is becoming more and more cost effective. …

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How To Build A Swing Set that Generates Electricity

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How To Build A Swing Set that Generates Electricity See how to build a swing set that generates electricity. Fun and practical all in one. We have all seen the DIY solar and wind projects on the web but I have never seen any quite like this. It is a swing set that generates electricity …

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3 Step Flashlight Mod That Extends Flashlight Battery Over 360%

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3 Step Flashlight Mod That Extends Flashlight Battery Over 360% This cool hack can extend the battery over 3.6% more if you switch out the bulb for an LED. In any emergency you need to have a source of light. Unfortunately most people who buy flashlights will leave them in a drawer somewhere for months …

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DIY Solar Air Heater From Old Downspouts And Scraps

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DIY Solar Air Heater From Old Downspouts And Scraps Have you ever heard the saying “there is more than one way to skin a cat”? Well the same can be said about DIY solar heaters! We all know you can make this type of heater from pop or beer cans but did you know to …

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Keep Cool With Only 12 Volts

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Keep Cool With Only 12 Volts Save money and keep cool with only 12 volts… Introducing the Endless Breeze Box Fan! As you all may now, I have been building a man cave / tiny house / awesome shed from scratch! It has not been easy and as it’s pretty much finished now, I have …

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DIY Portable Power Pack For $25

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DIY Portable Power Pack For $25 This is a great DIY project to make. This would be very handy if the power went out and even for tailgating and camping. In this tutorial, they use a standard car battery, I would honestly switch that out for a deep cycle 12v battery and then hook up …

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Essential Info for Building Off-Grid Houses

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Essential Info for Building Off-Grid Houses Do you dream about living off-grid in your own home? I know I do. There is some very important information that you need to consider before you make the move. Going off-grid is probably one of life’s major projects which requires lots of planning and preparation. Making the transition …

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Don’t Purchase a Generator With Out Reading This First

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Don’t Purchase a Generator With Out Reading This First Electricity is what today’s world practically lives on. While it is not necessary towards survival, it is present in things that we use daily, including the lights we turn on to brighten a room and the refrigerators we use to keep our food cold and from …

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11 Ways To Light Your Home When The Power Goes Out

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11 Ways To Light Your Home When The Power Goes Out When the power goes out, the only lights most people have are candles, flashlights, and perhaps an oil lamp. These are fine for short power outages, but for extended outages (24 hours or longer), you’ll need lights that are safer, brighter, and longer-lasting. Fortunately, …

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Battery Basics – Are You Prepared?

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Battery Basics – Are You Prepared? Batteries are a valued commodity we take for granted. If SHTF and we have no batteries stored we risk having no flashlights, no batteries to play our MP3s, you get what I am trying to say. Batteries are vital for many of us who wish to maintain some sort …

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How To Survive if the Power Grid Goes Down

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How To Survive if the Power Grid Goes Down If the power grid were to go offline, we would be thrown back to the stone age or possibly worse since there would be a global panic. We all rely so much on the grid, from things as simple as charging our cell phones, to running our …

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How To Build A Bicycle Generator

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How To Build A Bicycle Generator Having a manual method of producing power is a great backup in case there is no wind or sun to charge your off the grid batteries in an emergency situation! Building your own generator requires a number of items. A person, a bike, a way of supporting your bike …

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How to make Solar Powered Water Pump for Water Barrels

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How To Make A Solar Powered Water Pump For Water Barrels You can buy these from Amazon… but why buy one when you can make one 🙂 This project is pretty easy and a lot of the time more powerful than the store brought ones. If you have any rain barrels you should consider this project …

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How to Build a Solar (or Trombe) Wall

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How to Build a Solar (or Trombe) Wall In the months separating summer from winter, in the heart of autumn, it is not too rare to encounter weeks where it is stiflingly hot in the daytime and inhumanly cold in the evenings. Because of this, it can be quite difficult to cool down an entire …

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DIY Solar Water Heater From Plastic Bottles

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DIY Solar Water Heater From Plastic Bottles See how to make a solar water heater from plastic bottles and save on your water heating bill 🙂 Jose Alano is a retired mechanic that lives in Brazil. Jose invented a solar water heater from a pile of plastic bottles and cartons. This is great for the environment …

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How To Make A Powerful USB Charger From 2 Solar Garden Lights

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How To Make A Powerful USB Charger From 2 Solar Garden Lights I have posted many DIY solar projects over the year but non quite as cool as this one. This uses 2 solar panels from garden lights you can pick up for a buck at the dollar store. The cool thing about this project …

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How to Survive Without Electricity

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How to Survive Without Electricity We’ve become so reliant on electricity that many of us wouldn’t know how to survive without it. Electricity powers everything we do- cooking, bathing, cleaning, staying updated on the news, staying cool, etc. If you’ve ever been without power for more than a few days, then you know how inconvenient …

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Massive Survival & Preparedness Printable PDF Collection

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Massive Survival & Preparedness Printable PDF Collection Let’s say you weren’t paying attention to great sites like SHTFPreparedness.com, owned little or no books on preparedness and survival and let’s face it, wanted to learn some new skills quickly because you were caught entirely with your pants down when SHTF. I have been asked a number of …

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How To Make a Solar Powered Radio

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How To Make a Solar Powered Radio There are many practical uses for solar power energy that is portable, particularly when SHTF. Building a DIY solar powered radio is not difficult, and it’s an extremely useful item to have on hand in the event of a disaster. And no batteries required! You can buy a …

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Top 10 DIY Solar Projects Anyone Can Do

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Top 10 DIY Solar Projects Anyone Can Do See how these Top 10 DIY Solar Projects Anyone Can Do, can save you money and help you out in an emergency too. I have been looking for good solar DIY projects for a while now and I found a great website that have 10 awesome DIY projects …

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How To Build A Cold Spring House For Free Refrigeration

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How To Build A Cold Spring House For Free Refrigeration If you have chosen, or are planning, to live off the grid as a self-sufficient homesteader/prepper, standard refrigerators are not an ideal choice. Simply put, they defeat the purpose of being off grid. Refrigerators use an enormous amount of electricity and your typical solar systems …

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How To Build a DIY Solar Oven

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How To Build a DIY Solar Oven Have you ever thought about what you would do if you found yourself without electricity indefinitely? Specifically, have you thought about how you would cook and/or heat food? With no electricity, conventional ovens and stoves would be out of the question. Unless you owned a portable propane-powered stove, …

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DIY Foil Solar Panels for Windows (VERY Easy)

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DIY Foil Solar Panels for Windows (VERY Easy) Getting off the grid as much as we can is top priority. This panel is only 3/4 of an inch thick and weighs in at less than three pounds. On a partly cloudy day the black foil collector reached about 150 degrees (during the sunny times). The film front …

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Camping Hack – How to Make Fire With a Lemon

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Camping Hack – How to Make Fire With a Lemon When SHTF, sometimes we need to get creative. While you may not have all of these items on hand, I just wanted to show you what you can do with items you may be able to scavenge and a little ingenuity (MacGyver anyone?). After watching …

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How to Build the Perfect Campfire

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How to Build the Perfect Campfire The campfire is one of the most basic of outdoor skills, although many people don’t know how to build them properly. For the caveman, fire provided many things necessary for survival: heat, light, protection from animals and a means to cook their food. It was essential for their survival, and …

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DIY $3 Solar Powered Small Electronic USB Charger

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DIY $3 Solar Powered Small Electronic USB Charger If you are looking to improve your DIY skills and save money at the same time this easy project is for you. This little garden light hack allows you to charge small electronic devices like phones, MP3 players etc. The cool thing about this little project is …

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Alternative Energy!

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Alternative Energy in Depth! Brett Bauma “Makers on Acres” What are some of the benefits of adding alternative energy to our homes and farms? What are some of the negatives? We discuss many of the different types of alternative energy and the benefits and downfalls of each. From wind power to solar and everything in … Continue reading Alternative Energy!

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Here’s What a National Electricity Shortage Looks Like

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Here’s What a National Electricity Shortage Looks Like Did you ever consider that the SHTF might not be a dramatic total blackout, like the kind caused by an EMP or a direct hit from the sun? What if the SHTF is actually an incremental electricity shortage that changes our very way of life? That’s exactly …

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10 Mistakes to Avoid When Going Off The Grid

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10 Mistakes to Avoid When Going Off The Grid People go off the grid for a variety of reasons. Some do it because it allows them to become more self-sustainable. They can grow their own food, get their own water, and don’t need to rely on grocery stores to survive. Others do it for the …

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