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Technological Challenges of Off-Grid Homestead Living, Part 5: Heat

By Christopher James Marshall

This is the final article in a series on how I made the transition to off grid homestead living by combining appropriate modern technology and reliable techniques practiced for thousands of years of human history. Currently I’m entering the first winter of full-time off grid living at my mountain homestead after completing the construction of my small house.


7 Ways to Increase Your Patience and Attention this Holiday Season

By Paul Scheckel

If you fall asleep or can't think straight at holiday gatherings, don't blame it on the turkey (or your relatives)! Research indicates that carbon dioxide is not only a greenhouse gas, but elevated levels of it are detrimental to human health and cognition. Learn how improving your indoor air quality will increase your health and stamina during holidays.


Technological Challenges of Off-Grid Homestead Living, Part 4: Food

By Christopher James Marshall

This is part four in a series of articles on how I made the transition to off grid homestead living by combining appropriate modern technology and reliable techniques practiced for thousands of years. Currently I’m entering the first winter of full-time off grid living at my mountain homestead after completing the construction of my small house.


Essential Steps to Keep Your Wind Turbine Turning

By James White

So you finally took the leap and installed a home wind turbine. Congratulations! You’ve just taken a big step to make your home energy generation more sustainable and secure, but what comes next? Wind turbines require maintenance and this post will outline some wind turbine maintenance essentials to consider.


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Technological Challenges of Off-Grid Homestead Living, Part 3: Water

By Christopher James Marshall

This is part three in a series of articles on how I made the transition to off grid homestead living by combining appropriate modern technology and reliable techniques practiced for thousands of years. Currently I’m entering the first winter of full-time off grid living at my mountain homestead after completing the construction of my small house.


Home Solar Value: Analyzing 15 U.S. Cities

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

Discussions about solar value are often limited to avoiding electricity costs, and oftentimes neglect the additional market value that these “mini power plants” can add to your home. EnergySage and Sandia National Laboratories conducted an analysis to estimate solar market values in 15 cities across the United States.


Technological Challenges of Off-Grid Homestead Living, Part 2: Electricity

By Christopher James Marshall

This is Part 2 in a series of articles on how I made the transition to off-grid homestead living by combining appropriate modern technology and reliable techniques practiced for thousands of years of human history. The author is currently entering the first winter of full-time off-grid living at his mountain homestead after completing the construction of a small house.


Determine Whether Solar Energy Makes Financial Sense for You

By Simone Garneau, Sunmetrix

Does solar energy make financial sense for you? Have a look at these considerations before deciding.



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