Category Archives for "Sustainability"

Off Grid and Technology

Over the past two years, I should have have been collecting quotes from people who tell me that they could never go off-grid because they love technology, or they are completely befuddled that we could be off-grid while still using computers and the internet. Plenty of people think that should not be possible. It’s time […]

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Living With Wood Fuel

Wood heat remains the most carbon-neutral and least expensive ways of heating a home, even for those in many urban areas. The problem is that, unless you grew up in a wood-heated home and learned to manage your wood stove from experienced parents (and grandparents), wood stoves are not as easy to figure out and […]

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Energy Hogs In Your Home

According to the statistics, the average North American household uses 30-50 kWh electricity per day, or 900-1200 kWh per month. When electricity prices jump to $0.24 or more per kWh, it’s costing you thousands every year.   Worse, though, if your goal is to move off-grid and gain some independence from the power company, and your […]

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Going Off-Grid on a Budget

A rant has been bubbling up inside me for a while, and the fermentation was complete when I read about an off-grid expert, who just spent $4000 on batteries for his PV (solar electricity) system, saying that he now only uses his fossil fuel generator two or three times a year, down from ten or […]

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