Yurts Are On the Yup For Off-Grid Living

Yurts Are On the Yup For Off-Grid Living

By Sally Keys Traditionally used as a movable dwelling by nomads in Mongolia, Siberia and Turkey, a yurt is a round structure covered with skins, canvas, or felt. Nowadays they are a popular accommodation for “glampers” and provide an experience that’s back in tune with nature without the creature comforts we have become accustomed to – air conditioning, running water, and WiFi to name a few. Off-grid living in a yurt is...

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How to Create a Permaculture Garden

How to Create a Permaculture Garden

By Scott McDermott You may have heard the term before, but what is permaculture? Permaculture can be defined as a system of agricultural and social design principles that are directly modeled after patterns found in the natural world. Similar to organic gardening in some ways, the term, coined in the late 1970s by David Holmgren and Bill Mollison, means not only “permanent agriculture,” but also “permanent culture.” It...

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3 Amazing Off-Grid Cooking Techniques

3 Amazing Off-Grid Cooking Techniques

By Sally Keys Since human beings first discovered fire, they have been cooking without electricity or gas. Now, even though most people have access to the electricity grid, fire is still a simple, delicious, and fun way to cook food off the grid. Anyone can give it ago, and most do – in fact 75% of Americans own a barbecue and use it regularly. But fire isn’t the only effective method of off-grid cooking. The sun itself can cook a...

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4 Solar Upgrades for Your Back Yard

4 Solar Upgrades for Your Back Yard

By Timothy Johnson Making your back yard more “green” doesn’t only mean maintaining a lush and healthy lawn. While a nice lawn literally makes your backyard more green, sprucing it up with practical solar gadgets like these is a fun, easy, and affordable way to add green in the environmentally friendly sense as well. With the invention of the solar cell, lighting and charging directly from the sun’s energy is safe and...

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Surviving Off-Grid When Extreme Weather Hits

Surviving Off-Grid When Extreme Weather Hits

By Sally Keys Living off the grid requires being in tune with nature. Solid preparation and an understanding of your environment can go a long way toward ensuring that your off-grid life is a safe one. But unfortunately, the future is uncertain and the only thing we can be sure of is that it will become more uncertain. The San Francisco Department of Public Health warns the Bay Area that instead of our current 10 days a year over 85°F we...

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