Energy-Efficient Home Construction: The Basics

Energy-Efficient Home Construction: The Basics

Check out this infographic full of great tips on the different types of building materials to use and which ones to avoid in the new construction of a modern, energy-efficient home. Information on the costs and insulation properties of various materials and treatments for walls, windows, doors, and roofs are covered – and more. Source:...

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Off-Grid Cooking Without Power

Off-Grid Cooking Without Power

By Sally Keys Thinking of going off-grid? Off-grid living is exciting, but can be scary at the same time. Incidents like storms and equipment malfunctions can occur with little warning and leave you without an electrical stove or oven for days, so having an alternative and electricity-free cooking method is the only way to truly be prepared for survival (plus it’s an excellent way to conserve energy and save money). And it’s easy...

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Tips For Maintaining a Garden Off the Grid

Tips For Maintaining a Garden Off the Grid

By Sally Keys It has been predicted that 12% of Americans will be living off the grid by 2035. Some people manage to live off the grid and maintain a living allowing them to buy food and supplies. Others live in communities who share the load. For most, however, there is always going to be some amount of gardening involved. Given that gardening improves mental health, relieves stress, strengthens your immune system and has many other key...

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Finding Your Gardening Style

Finding Your Gardening Style

By Uma Campbell As we move into warmer months, many of us are already thinking of creating a garden. Whether it’s our first one or we’re an old pro at making it beautiful, many decisions need to be made. Of course we want to make our gardens beautiful. But in this day and age of environmentalism, many of us share a concern of saving water. So what kind of garden style can you find that fits all of your needs? You’re in luck...

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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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