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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A Quick Guide to Composting For Every Season

A Quick Guide to Composting For Every Season

By Kristina Phelan Many homeowners think that composting is just a spring and summer activity, but a well-groomed compost pile needs attention all throughout the year. That may sound like too much work, but it’s quite easy if you follow these simple steps to care for your compost pile throughout every season. Spring is When to Make the Most Out of Your Compost Most experienced gardeners use their matured compost pile in the spring to add...

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What Determines the Lifespan of a Solar Panel?

What Determines the Lifespan of a Solar Panel?

By Kyle Pennell There’s an old maxim that nothing lasts forever, and solar panels are no exception. But why do solar panels die? And how can you ensure your panels have a long, useful life? Solar panels don’t typically die in the way that batteries or other appliances do. Instead, they remain operable but stop producing the same amount of power that they did back when they were first installed. The slow, steady decline in a solar...

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