Do-It-Yourself Projects to Get You Off the Grid illustrates just how simple it can be to make your own backyard chicken coop, or turn a wine barrel into a rainwater collector. Illustrated with dozens of full-color photographs per project accompanying easy-to-follow instructions, this collection utilizes the best that the online community has to offer, turning a far-reaching group of people into a mammoth database churning out ideas to make life better, easier, and, in this case, greener, as this volume exemplifies.
Extreme Wilderness Survival is a compilation of the real-life tactics that wilderness instructor Craig Caudill has built and really used, especially during two nature sabbaticals when he lived in the woods for nearly 30 days with only a knife. Through his extensive training with some of the best martial artists in the country and his experience as the chief instructor at Nature Reliance School, Craig has become a go-to expert in the outdoor survival community. In the book, he first teaches readers the most important safety tactic—how to set the right mentality and awareness before heading outside. Craig then teaches about basic survival needs and how to meet them depending on whether you have reliable man-made gear or no gear. He covers navigation, self-defense, shelter and warmth, water and food. Each chapter starts with a true story of outdoor adventure gone right or wrong, analyzing what should have been done differently.
The book covers the basics for outdoor enthusiasts who want to stay safe but have limited survival knowledge. It then dives into tactics for those ready for more advanced wilderness survival long-term, either solo or in a group. Extreme Wilderness Survival is an experience-based resource for keeping yourself and others safe on any nature excursion.
Labor and related costs account for more than half of the price of the average home solar installation. But homeowners can save thousands of dollars with this user-friendly manual, which follows the same process professional contractors use. Through detailed directions and step-by-step photos, veteran solar installer Joseph Burdick and seasoned builder Philip Schmidt teach you how to determine the size, placement, and type of installation you’ll need. This comprehensive DIY guide covers everything from assembling rooftop racking or building a ground-mount structure to setting up the electrical connections and making a battery bank for off-grid systems.
In daily life, we can take control of the resources and services we depend on. Electricity and energy don’t have to come off the public utility grid—alternatives abound in solar, wind, and water generated power. Design decisions can drastically affect power consumption, and bio-diesel and alternative fuels can help break the oil habit. Dave Black describes alternatives for eco-pimping your home and lifestyle for independence, economy, and a more integrated way of life. Equally valuable for the urban dweller vaguely concerned about the size of his or her carbon footprint and the rural self-sufficiency enthusiast, Living Off the Grid can help anyone take control of his or her life and way of living.
If you have been wondering if the off-grid lifestyle is for you, or want to make the leap but don’t know where to start, then the Living Off the Grid Set is the perfect resource for you! This set includes Gary Collins’ book Living Off the Grid as well as the companion piece he wrote to accompany it, The Beginner’s Guide to Living Off the Grid: The DIY Workbook for Living the Life You Want.
The Best of MOTHER EARTH NEWS, including vegetale gardening, alternative energy, solar power and sustainable building, are contained in this convenient downloadable PDF e-book collection.
Turn your dreams of country living into a reality! The MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Self-Reliance and Country Skills offers more than 100 pages of beneficial articles that will assist anyone wanting to live a more self-sufficient life. Nothing compares to the feeling of enjoying a meal that was raised and grown on your own land … no matter if it’s just the delicious preserves from your garden or the entire feast. This guide also features great articles on the best staple crops for building food self-sufficiency; simple seed starting; and small-space gardening! You can even learn how to brew your own beer! More articles include: • 27 All-Time Best Tips for Living on Less: Mother Earth News readers share their tips for wiser living. • Start a Self-Sufficient, 1-Acre Homestead: Live off the land with these strategies for establishing self-sufficient food production, including advice on crop rotations and raising livestock. • Cast No Aspersions on Cast Iron: Learn how to use old-fashioned cookware to its greatest advantage. • The No-Mortgage Natural Cottage: From treehouses to tiny homes on wheels, a no-mortgage shelter can help you eschew expensive rent and debt. • Want Milk? Get Goats: Dairy goats can supply your family with milk inexpensively. • Make Your Own Herbal Medicine: To find ingredients for many basic herbal remedies, you often need to look no further than your own backyard.
Living self-sufficiently is hard work, but it is also extremely rewarding. The Mother Earth News Premium: Self-Sufficient Living, 4th Edition is a wealth of information, techniques, and projects that will help you reap a nice reward.
You want to be self-sufficient; we want to give you the tools you need to achieve those goals. That’s why we’ve combined this set of publications packed with how-to advice, offering you more than 350 pages of information at one low price.
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MOTHER EARTH NEWS PREMIUM LIVING ON LESS, 9TH EDITION
MOTHER EARTH NEWS PREMIUM: ORGANIC GARDENING
MOTHER EARTH NEWS COLLECTOR SERIES: MODERN HOMESTEADING, 2ND EDITION
Written for the layman, this is the fully revised and updated guide for individuals and businesses interested in generating their own electricity using the sun. Practical and accessible, it provides a basic understanding of electricity, wiring, and solar energy, and guides the reader through site assessment and determining the type of system needed, providing a solid understanding of grid-tied and off-grid systems, along with important guidelines on installation.
Power from the Sun — 2nd Edition discusses types of photovoltaics (PVs) and photovoltaic systems, and includes comprehensive information on recent changes and improvements in PV modules, charge controllers, inverters, batteries, generators, and net metering policies. It offers an excellent overview of the many options available, allowing the reader to make the best choices for their individual situation during the design, installation, and operation of a solar electric system.
This is the definitive guide for homeowners, business owners, installers, architects, and just about anyone interested in lowering energy bills while achieving greater energy independence.
Community preparedness is at the core of author Kyle Ferlemann’s summary of myriad lessons learned over decades of studying, interviewing, and living through any number of natural disasters and geo-political conflicts. Practical Preparedness focuses on what we can do before disaster strikes, listing the steps to take so you and your family will have the best chance of surviving any type of event during any season of the year.
If we respect nature, add knowledge to our toolboxes, and reach out to others in our communities, Ferlemann believes—and has witnessed firsthand—anyone in any location and at any time will greatly increase their chances for survival. It comes down to making personal choices that offer the best opportunities to survive, and even thrive, during a downturn of fortune, whether caused by nature’s fury, an armed conflict, or a worldwide pandemic. According to Ferlemann, it takes resiliency, strength, determination, independence, cooperation, positivity, adaptability, and determination, along with focused preparation and a sense of community.
The ultimate guide to acquiring, assembling, and using lifesaving emergency communication systems, this book includes in-depth information on operating ham radios, walkie-talkies, shortwave radios, and citizens band (CB) radios. When disaster strikes, calls, texts and emails don’t work. After 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and Hurricane Sandy, cell phones were rendered useless when transmission towers were destroyed and networks became overloaded. Having an alternative way of reaching family and loved ones at these critical moments is essential. With this guide, learn the best tips, tricks, and expert secrets for surviving when phones and the internet fail. This comprehensive guide covers everything needed to be fully prepared for when the grid goes down.
If you were cut off from civilization and stranded in the wilderness, would you be able to survive? If access to food was disrupted, how quickly could you become self-sufficient? Prepare for the unexpected with the Prepper’s Foraging Set! This set includes:
Eating on the Run: Survival Foraging for Plants, Grasses, Nuts, and Berries
For you, being prepared is a way of life. Your survival pantry is brimming with delicious dried and canned foodstuffs, your garden produces bumper crops of fresh vegetables year after year, and your hunting and fishing skills keep your freezer well stocked with healthy proteins. Having enough food to survive an emergency is the least of your worries.
But what if you find yourself stranded in the wilderness and unable to get home for days or weeks ... or even months? Could you live off nature's bounty until you can return to civilization? You can if you follow Teddy Roosevelt's advice. The food you need will be "where you are" ... if you know which ones will serve your purpose.
Eating on the Run will equip you with a working knowledge of dozens of readily harvested plants, grasses, nuts, and berries that require the least, if any, preparation. You will learn how to distinguish safe plants from toxic varieties, which parts of the plants are edible and when, and where abundant supplies are likely to be in each season. Plus, the author shares delicious ways to enjoy the plants when on the move.
Guerrilla Gardening for Long-Term Survival
Eating local takes on a whole new meaning in a survival scenario. The ability to feed oneself efficiently and discreetly under varying conditions could prove indispensable in a prolonged upheaval (where normal food distribution is halted or seriously disrupted). Gardening of any kind isn’t rocket science. People have been doing it for millennia all across the globe. But you’ll need to learn some specific skills to get macro production in clandestine micro settings.
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• Guerrilla Gardening for Long-Term Survival
• Eating on the Run: Survival Foraging
• Surviving on Edible Insects
• Building Bare-Handed Survival Shelters
Whether you’re looking for a farm-to-table solution that provides fresh meat and dairy products today, or a long-term plan that will feed you and your family after the collapse of civilization (or both!), this all-in-one preparedness guide is for you. It teaches sustainable animal husbandry skills that allow you to build and operate your own small-scale ranch anywhere from a backyard to a bug-out bunker.
The deadly danger of disasters doesn't end when the waters recede or the earth stops shaking; it has just begun. The Prepper's Long-Term Survival Guide goes beyond the basics of surviving in the immediate aftermath of catastrophe and teaches readers how to cope with the problems and challenges that can continue for weeks, months and even years.
Including everything from pre-disaster prepping tips to post-catastrophe instructions for making life easier on the whole family, the book is a bible for anyone who hopes to stay alive. Prepper's Long-Term Survival Guide balances hard-core planning (such as purifying water and building emergency food storage that doesn't require a power source) with simple ideas that can make all the difference (such as having portable solar panels to charge cell phones for vital communication and laptops for much-needed family entertainment).
This guide features easy-to-follow picture tutorials on how to build your own DIY survival projects (50 in all!). One of the prepping movement’s most prolific authors, Jim Cobb has taught readers how to fortify their homes, survive for weeks without electricity, and prepare themselves financially for years of economic turmoil. Now he turns to some of his favorite DIY projects to teach his thousands of fans how to create cheap, easy, and ingenious tools to help survive any natural disaster. Prepper’s Survival Hacks is filled to the brim with intriguing, fun, and innovative projects to secure any home.
When disaster strikes, bugging out will be sufficient to escape short-term danger. But when widespread collapse comes, survival will depend on having a long-term prepper retreat ready and waiting. Prepper’s Survival Retreatsbreaks down the daunting task of strategic relocation into manageable steps that allow readers to create a personalized plan appropriate for their budget, needs, and specific goals. No two preppers are alike and no two strategic relocation plans should be the same,this book will show how to put together the perfect survival retreat for every prepper.
The next severe storm, power outage, or financial meltdown could hit at any time. Having a household contingency plan and being part of a strong, resilient community could mean the difference between life and death. This friendly and highly accessible guide introduces the most important, practical steps your whole family can take to ensure survival in short- or long-term emergencies.
What book would you want if you were stranded on a desert island? Widely regarded as the bible of off-grid living, the Solar Living Sourcebook might be your best choice. With more than 600,000 copies in print worldwide, it is the most comprehensive resource available for anyone interested in lessening their environmental footprint and increasing their energy independence.
This 14th edition of the sourcebook is the ultimate guide to renewable energy, sustainable living, natural and green building, off-grid living and alternative transportation, written by experts with decades of experience and a passion for sharing their knowledge. This fully revised and updated edition includes brand new sections on permaculture and urban homesteading, and completely rewritten chapters on solar technology, sustainable transportation and relocalization. It also boasts greatly expanded material on:
You’ll also find maps, wiring diagrams, formulas, charts, electrical code, solar sizing worksheets and much more.
Whether you're a layperson or a professional, novice or longtime aficionado, the Sourcebook puts the latest research and information at your fingertips … everything you need to know to make sustainable living a reality.