A 150-mile transmission line project proposed in 2012 costing up to $1.3 billon is a “dinosaur” that is still haunting the Hudson Valley. But rooftop solar energy, battery storage, and community microgrids can replace the ancient, costly, and vulnerable centralized generation and transmission electricity system that has dominated New York and the entire nation — and advanced little technologically — for over a century.
Cam shares his experience trying to fix a broken hot-water tank.
In this blog post we describe the choices we made in producing and editing our film, "Life Off Grid."
This initial blog post tells the story of how Phillip Vannini became interested in off-grid living and how he began — together with Jonathan Taggart — to do research on the off-grid lifestyle in Canada.
Expense checklist for anyone wanting to plan a new homestead.
This article does not get into home biogas gas yields or what biogas can be used for, but it is a basic introduction to the five necessary conditions for how to make biogas at home to get you started.
At the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Wash, I listened to lecturers cover topics from re-newable energy, small-scale farming, green building, organic gardening, simple living, and citizen solidarity building. While I listened, I pondered ways to weave these powerful themes into our children's lives.
Unforgettable Fire's Kimberly and Katydid wood stoves are heating solutions for any and all spaces.
Darning socks is a simple thing to do - and a statement for self-sufficiency!
Two homesteaders discuss their experience with the weather applicable to their mountain homesteads in Washington and Colorado.
Ed and Bruce compare the weather and its impact on their mountain homesteads at different elevations and mountain ranges.
Tips to help you get started planning your very own homestead. With proper planning you don't have to be experienced to do it right.
Outside of a few rare equipment failures, we’ve never had a power outage in the past 20 years that wasn’t our own fault — usually caused by not paying attention to power use or proper battery charging. Weather failures, on the other hand, are starting to become noticeable.
Cam looks back at the challenges of moving to his off-grid home.
Providing your own sewer, water and power can be more expensive and is certainly less convenient but that's not all there is to consider. This article takes a look at some of the other differences between public and private services.
Learning to appreciate seasonal differences.
Each year we learn more and more about living off grid and homesteading. These are just a few of the third-year experiences we wanted to share.
There are a lot of things you can do right now to experience the homestead lifestyle right in your backyard.
A look back at how we’ve become addicted to electricity and its conveniences since the Great Depression.
Our experiences in learning to pressure can and use reusable canning lids.
Sharing our first experience with an indoor/outdoor vertical hydroponic garden.
How we avoid most clutter but manage to keep good leftover products for future use.
A description about something unique - a wood burning masonry kitchen stove.
Announcing an opportunity to get Anna's new Ebook for free today at Amazon on the subject of homesteading in a mobile home otherwise known as a trailer.
The cost to install and operate our solar electrical system.
again, rushing to beat the weather as we close in our finishing our hand-built cabin
How we have adapted from salt water fishing to freshwater and what we do with our catch.
Success at growing food at the 4200' elevation and some of the challenges.
Cam contemplates the amount of energy that goes into our food production and shows how he prepared corn for freezing the zero carbon way!
A description and pictures of a tornado force winds in Washington State in 2012.
Things to look for in your soil before you break ground on your new home or cabin.
The generators we use for living off the grid and a multitude of other tasks.
Where we have chosen to draw the line between convenience and sustainability - for now.
Our take on the positive and negative points of insulated concrete forms.
Options for phone service if you live in a remote location that doesn't have cell service or landlines available to you.
A brief description of our experience with a masonry heater.
This blog is about all of the choices we have for the type of home we want for off grid living and some of the construction materials involved. It turns out there are a multitude of options we have to choose from.
An amazing, off-the-grid Welsh hobbit house was built in less than four months and for less than $5,000.
Let's stop for a minute and think about what we are doing!
Cam is handling this heatwave much better thanks to his solar-powered air conditioner!
When a fire destroyed their home and office near San Luis Obispo, Ken Haggard and Polly Cooper seized the opportunity to build the off-the-grid straw bale home of their dreams. Their comfortable compound now houses two other families as well.
Liza Fleischer was a suburbanite through and through when she met her husband, Ted, who she says was "born 100 years too late." Now they live in a solar- and hydro-powered hand-built home on 160 acres in Vermont--and she loves it.
When Paula and Matt learned that running a utility line to their rural Vermont home would cost the same as buying solar panels, they never hesitated. Now they're living the good life, off the grid.
Only 43 percent of Americans know what smart grid technology is, and of those, 70 percent don’t really understand how it works, according to a survey released today.
Consumers are intrigued by smart grid technology, but they need a lot more information and better tools before they'll participate.
Cam shares his experiences getting lost in the woods.
Tell us what you think. If you installed a wind turbine or solar-electric panels, would you want to be tied to the electric grid, or would you rather have a grid-independent system?
There's lots of good information on renewable energy in this new NPR series on electricity in America.
It's easy to find out what fuels your power comes from using this nifty tool from the EPA.