Helpful tips for living without electricity, without municipal water supply and sanitation services.
Bring a little nostalgia to your next backyard BBQ cookout with homemade ice cream made in an old fashioned hand crank ice cream maker!
The pros and cons of heating your home with a wood stove vs. a water stove. Which is best? I’ll help you decide.
An easy, step-by-step guide to installing a permanent clothesline. Plus, why we like metal t-posts better than wood. (Disaster story to follow!)
Six ways we light up our home without using any electricity.
How I hang dry clothes indoors when it’s rainy or freezing outside. You only need a few helpful items, and a little time and patience!
It might be time to consider replacing our wooden clothesline with metal posts. Termites have come to town.
I have a new love: Solar Cooking! By using the sun to cook our foods, I’m saving money and energy, and keeping my house cooler during the hot summer months. Plus, the food is AMAZING.
Connecting a transfer switch to our breaker panel was one more thing we had to do before we could disconnect from the grid. It enables us to run our home on either a generator or solar power, alternating between the two forms of power as necessary.
Having enough seasoned firewood for heating and cooking is critical for off grid survival.
The ideal off-grid home will have hard flooring throughout. Unfortunately for us, we’ll likely be stuck with carpet for a few more years. Here’s how we plan on keeping our floors clean, even without electricity to run a vacuum.
Adding humidity back to the air when you burn a wood stove is really important. Here are a couple of ways you can do that.
Dealing with solar panels is just as dangerous as dealing with live electricity. We knew that going into this. But a simple mistake could have had deadly consequences.
Getting rid of our automatic dishwasher is one part of how we’re preparing to go off the grid. Here’s a creative way we filled the empty space the old appliance left behind.
Here’s the easiest way to convert a standard chest freezer into an energy efficient fridge which can be run on solar power. No re-wiring required!