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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10 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Electricity Bill at Home

10 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Electricity Bill at Home

By Brenden Carr 1. Use a Washing Up Bowl When you do the dishes by hand, use a refillable bowl to save $40 a year in energy bills! When you leave warm tap water running while doing the dishes, your water heater is working constantly and you tend to waste a lot of water straight down the drain. Use a washing up bowl to save on water and cut down energy bills. 2. Upgrade to High-Efficiency Light Bulbs LED bulbs are the way forward (you probably...

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My New Solar RV

My New Solar RV

My new Winnebago View RV (I just bought it this year) is an amazing machine and a home on the road! Best of all are the solar PV panels on the roof! With 300 Watts charging all day, there is really no need for an electrical hookup, which means I can be much more selective when it comes to finding a nice spot to take it camping. Of course, the 3,000 Watt off-grid inverter helps to deliver me all the AC power I need, and a cleanly installed solar...

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