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What Will You Do When the Lights Go Out?
We need to reduce our dependency on municipally delivered power and either create our own power or simplify to the extent that we need less power.
ROCKET MASS HEATERS
This could be the cleanest and most sustainable way to heat a conventional home. Some people have reported that they heat their home with nothing more than the dead branches that fall off the trees in their yard. And they burn so clean, that a lot of sneaky people are using them illegally, in cities, without detection...
DIY: Convert Your Lawn Mower Into a Generator
This is a cool project for many reasons & it will save you & I tons of money. I also hope to acquire one of the fancy solar generators to increase my redundancy in tools...
Buy Some Compost and get Free Hot Water?
Here’s a very cool system that I’m currently considering as part of my home’s resilient make-over. It’s a system that uses a compost pile to produce hot water.
Build Your Own 12 VDC Engine/Generator
These units are most effective if used less than 200 hours yearly. Using the generator as the primary power input will yield 1,000 to 2,000 hours of engine operation yearly — a nightmare of expense, maintenance, and pollution.
Beware of “Dirty” Power
If you use a gasoline generator when your power goes out, do NOT hook up your PC to it. Gasoline generators produce “dirty” power, meaning it fluctuates in voltage to a level unacceptable to a PC’s sensitive circuitry...
Winter Weather Preps for Your 2 Most Important Areas of Influence
Seeing that it’s never too early to get ready for what you know is coming, here’s my list of things for you to remember to do (in no particular order) with respect to the two most important areas you can influence: your home and car…
Spend a few minutes BEFORE the storm, making sure your back-up power generator is ready to go. There are also several important safety precautions to keep in mind before and while operating a generator...
A Solar Energy System That You Can Put Together in Your Garage
What is the Solar Flower? It’s a system that makes it easy to turn sunlight into heat. Here’s what it looks like...
Solar Power System Design 101 (Volts)
One of the three basic measurements to understand regarding very basic electricity, and how it relates to solar power system design, is Volts. The other two are Amps and Watts...
Getting By With Less: A Few Good Ideas For Off-The-Grid Energy And Resource Preservation
Whether you are a Sierra Club do-gooder or a down-to-earth Wise Use advocate, learning how to use fewer resources without making any real sacrifices in your overall quality of living is a good thing, pure and simple...
Solar Power System Design 101 (Amps and Hours AH)
One of the ways that batteries are rated is something called ‘Amp Hours’, also referred to as AmpHours, or simply ‘AH’. This is true of ALL batteries regardless of their size or shape. This rating is one of the core ratings that you need to be aware of when designing any solar power system and its battery bank storage capability, regardless of its intended size and capability.
‘Mr. Buddy Heater’ for Winter Survival Preparedness
The following portable heater is not expensive (considering what it does), it is safe to use indoors (this is VERY important), it cranks out the heat, it can be optionally connected to a barbeque-grill style ’20 pound’ propane tank for a long lasting fuel source, and it will provide life saving heat for as long as you have propane…
Full of Hot Air: Warming Your Home with a Solar Heating System
Its relatively unknown status is a shame, because solar hot-air heating systems provide a convenient and cost-effective way to help keep interior spaces cozy and warm during the wintertime months...
Propane or gas: How to choose a lantern and/or stove fuel
Should you have a propane or gas lantern or stove? Tank or canister? What are the advantages, disadvantages and what considerations should you be aware of?
Building Biogas Systems in Kenya
The opportunity he found was in helping homesteaders become resilient. Specifically, there was a glaring need for biogas digesters in Kenya. So, naturally, he decided to build a company to meet that need.
The Enhanced Small Solar Power Solution (Guide and Video)
This article will demonstrate doubling the battery capacity, and a unique method for adding additional solar panels and power outputs to the system. Additionally, we will demonstrate how to use these add-on modular components with a larger solar power system.
Build a Small Solar Solution, With a Budget of $150 (Guide and Video)
Getting started in solar power can be confusing, and even more expensive. But, what if it was not that confusing, and depending on your needs, not that expensive… Would you take the plunge?
Is Going Off the Grid Practical?
The role of the electric grid cannot be understated when it comes to enhancing the quality of life for the greatest number of people. The advance of civilization often seems to go in reverse gear...
Effective Natural Cooling Strategies
For those who live off-the-grid, power supplies are always at a premium, and therefore air conditioning is not really an option in most instances. Or at least, it is not a very practical option, since air conditioners are ranked near the top of the all-time energy hog list...
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