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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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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Improving the Air Quality in Your Home

Improving the Air Quality in Your Home

By Sally Keys The idea of air pollution conjures up images of traffic jams and smokey cities, big factories and power plants. You probably don’t immediately think of your own home, but actually, the air inside your home can be just as polluted as the outside air – and in many cases, more than 100 times more toxic. As a keen off-gridder, you’re already trying to help minimize your impact on the environment, but have you thought...

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