DIY Terracotta Clay Pot Heater for Emergency Heating

homemade terracotta heater

Out of all the risk factors attended to a survival situation, statistically one of the most common is simple exposure. Exposure to the elements, and specifically cold temperatures, routinely claims lives in the wild and also in residential settings, and hypothermia can strike with surprising speed even when you think you’ll be okay. Accordingly, being … Read more

How To Light Your Home Without Electricity

cooking oil used as part of a DIY lamp

In today’s world, it is hard to imagine living without electricity. One of the biggest advantages you’d lose is electric lighting, something most of us take for granted. But what if there was a long-term power outage and you had to find a way to light your home? Or what if you were just living … Read more

Do Solar Panels and Chargers Work Indoors?

solar panel indoors

Solar panels are an almost free way to generate electricity, but in some cases, you don’t want to keep your panels outdoors. This could obviously lead to efficiency issues, which is what I want to investigate and test out in what follows. The question I’m trying to find an answer to today is: Do solar … Read more

24 DIY Solar Projects to Try on Weekends

a couple of solar panels

Solar power is of great benefit on a homestead – while it’s just plain better for the environment, it also saves a good bit of money and every homesteader wants to have a little more padding in their monthly budget. Some states will even pay you for the clean energy you produce, creating a passive … Read more

Testing Out The New Hand Pump on Our Well

a Simple hand pump

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here yet, but a few months ago we were finally able to afford to get a hand pump installed on our well. We went with a Simple Pump, because as I’ve mentioned in the past, they’re the only pump that would work on our deep well and deliver pressurized … Read more