“The Grid” is the common term used for power grid. An average house is linked to natural gas, telephone, water and power lines. Choosing to go off the grid should mean that you will turn away from those public utilities in support of producing your own energy. A few homeowners decide to be off the grid partially through producing the supply to their own energy and trenching their phone lines, while depending on the comfort offered by the city sewage and water. Other people choose completely living off the grid through digging wells or making use of some cistern system in order to fetch water. A functional septic tank will take care of the sewage, which means you will no longer need to incur any water bill. If you want to learn and understand how this living method will be able to change your life for the better, checking out the following chapters should provide you the best ideas.
Minimalism 101 - How to Live on the Road and Beat the System! ESCAPE THE RAT RACE! Want to travel the country? Are you in debt and struggling to pay the mortgage or rent every month? Or maybe you want to minimize, declutter, simplify and organize your life. Do you desire to step off the grid? Find the answers you're looking for! Minimalistic Living: How to Live in a Van and Get Off the Grid helps you understand and gain the benefits of living with less. This book will take you by the hand and teach you the "baby steps" you need to follow to start your minimalist journey. Learn... How To Find and Purchase the Perfect Vehicle How to Customize and Accessorize Your Vehicle How To Remodel A Vehicle to Meet Your Needs Equipment You'll Need To Live In a Vehicle How To Stay Dry, Safe, Cool and Warm! How To Have Running Water and Electricity in Your Vehicle Lots Of Tips and Tricks Along The Way! Much, much more! Minimize! Simplify! Get Out Of Debt! Get Off The Grid! What are you waiting for?
So you want to disappear? Whether you got the fuzz on your back or a price on your head, Saul Goodman can help! Big Brother’s got eyes everywhere—don’t pretend they’re not all watching you. Nowadays you’d better assume anything you do is already on the 24/7 news feed, but there are measures you can take. Darken your windows. Bash your smartphone. Cut up your credit cards. But first, buy this book. From the cunning counsel (me) who kept you out of the slammer with his handy manual Don’t Go to Jail!, here’s your escape plan for busting out of the prison of modern surveillance. You might be up to no good or you might be up to nothing at all—hey, it’s not my business, and let me tell you, it’s nobody else’s business, either. My business is making sure it stays your business. An unlisted phone number is no longer enough. I want to help you find your inner alias. I want to show you your dream safe house. I don’t want to hear about you on the Internet. Get Off the Grid! can do all of this and more. It’s your one down-to-earth guide on going to ground, and not just that: it’s the best vanishing act you’ll never see!
What are the essentials you'll need to begin an off-the-grid lifestyle, and how do you get started? This practical how-to guide considers all aspects of remote living, including site selection and the creation of your own utilities. Investment and ongoing costs of backwoods living are evaluated, based on the building-block approach to solar power and other readily-available technologies. This book is designed for those who seek an extensive evaluation of basic remote lifestyles and a realistic approach to getting started.
This clever how-to handbook is the first step to living off the grid.
Off the Grid confronts the ecological and cultural problems associated with the way we get and use energy, and explains how it is possible to live in a beautifully designed home using much less--no matter where your home is located. Our homes are connected by a nearly invisible grid of infrastructure that binds us together. It is a system of electrical poles, wire, substations, hydroelectric dams, telecommunication towers, and water extraction and sewage systems. From within this system we work, play, and raise families. We have also created one of the greatest environmental challenges known to modern civilization. The signs of our impact upon the world can be recognized in the reports of environmental changes occurring across the earth, and they can also be seen in the growing failures of the energy grids across the world as the current system is stressed beyond its capacity. Technologies that can be used to live off the grid (geothermal energy use, wind turbines, photovoltaic arrays, micro hydropower, rainwater collection and reclamation, and more) are explained as author Lori Ryker shows how to choose and incorporate these sources according to geography and climate. Off the Grid beautifully illustrates that this is not just a concept for rural living; examples of homes that are "off the grid" to varying degrees are found in New York City; Ontario, Canada; Stuttgart, Germany; Belmont, California; Pipe Creek, Texas; Clyde Park, Montana; Twin Lakes, Minnesota; Laytonville, California; Venice, California; and New South Wales, Australia. Off the Grid shows how we can take responsibility for our future choices and conveniences now, and proves that off-the-grid living is a concept that can be easily understood and adopted by everyone, regardless of where you live or how much money you make. Lori Ryker grew up in Texas and has lived and worked in a variety of locations, including Boston, New York City, Portland, and Basel, Switzerland. She now resides in Livingston, Montana, where she teaches in the School of Architecture at Montana State University and is a partner, along with Brett W. Nave, of Ryker/Nave Design. Their work has been published in The House You Build, and Western Interiors and Design. Ryker holds a MArch from Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Ph.D. from Texas A & M University. She is the author of Mockbee Coker: Thought and Process.
Off the Grid Living - Survival and Prepping Guide Table of Contents Introduction: Considerations Before Getting into Off the Grid Living: You Should Have a Conservation Mind-Set: Energy Conservation: Selection of an Appropriate Site and Location Along With Proper Design and Building Specification: Generation of Your Own Source of Power: Availability of Water Resource: Waste Management: What is Off the Grid Living? Alternative Energy Sources: Solar Energy Resources: a) The Mechanism of Solar Power: b) Installation of Solar Panels and Power Generation Equipment: Wind Energy: a) The Turbines: b) The Towers: c) Mechanism of the Wind Power Generator: The Hybrid System: Water and Sewer Off Grid: Using Your Own Produce and Resources: Augmenting Home Energy: Use of Propane Gas: Tankless Water Heaters: Solar Water Heater: Power Generators: Fire Places and Wood Burning Stoves: Building Techniques for Cooling and Warming of House: How to Do Financial and Cash Management Factor into This? Conclusion: Author Bio Publisher Introduction: People at large are fed up with the water, gas, electricity, sewer and many other bills that knock on their doors month after month without any break or relief. Everyone wants to get rid of such a lifestyle where you are dependent on these artificial things to survive. In many instances, people become so addicted and dependent on them that it becomes difficult and sometimes even impossible to survive without them. People spend all their lives working hard to earn a decent living and income, but the utility bills drain most of these hard earned funds. What if there was a way they could get out of this routine of bill payments and frustration. Going “Off the Grid” is the answer to such problems. All you have to do is produce your own resources and energy. This is why more and more people are turning towards this greener and environment-friendly way of living. The phenomenon of living with less is something that is everyone seeks. The idea of living with less has been described by Thoreau in Walden. Human lives have become very artificial and technical. There are a number of manmade technologies that we are now dependent upon. In many cases, our survival has become impossible without the presence of these human technologies. Our lives have become robotic like science fiction movies. There is a gadget for every activity and function. There are times in everyone’s lives where we want to have a reprieve from these gadgets and technological wonders. This is when people rush towards the great wilderness and outdoors where the living is still natural and untouched by human evolution. You do not rely on utility services and manmade resources out in nature. There are many people in the world who want adopt this way of living in the natural habitat for their entire lives. They want to abandon the urban lifestyle and artificial way of living and move to the wilderness to have a close encounter with the natural resources and habitats of the world. As per the statistics of various official sources, in the United States alone, more than 200,000 people are adopting this way of living in natural conditions. It is also known as “Off the Grid Living” lifestyle. They have said goodbye and farewell to community municipal services and have decided to face the challenges that are accompanied from this freedom from various types of utility services.
Off-grid isn’t a state of mind. It isn’t about someone being out of touch, about a place that is hard to get to, or about a weekend spent offline. Off-grid is the property of a building (generally a home but sometimes even a whole town) that is disconnected from the electricity and the natural gas grid. To live off-grid, therefore, means having to radically re-invent domestic life as we know it, and this is what this book is about: individuals and families who have chosen to live in that dramatically innovative, but also quite old, way of life. This ethnography explores the day-to-day lives of people in each of Canada’s provinces and territories living off the grid. Vannini and Taggart demonstrate how a variety of people, all with different environmental constraints, live away from contemporary civilization. The authors also raise important questions about our social future and whether off-grid living creates an environmentally and culturally sustainable lifestyle practice. These homes are experimental labs for our collective future, an intimate look into unusual contemporary domestic lives, and a call to the rest of us leading ordinary lives to examine what we take for granted. This book is ideal for courses on the environment and sustainability as well as introduction to sociology and introduction to cultural anthropology courses.
OFF THE GRID WITHOUT A PADDLE is the true story of two greenhorns, escapees from the gritty City Of Los Angeles, who buy a home off the grid in a tropical mountain rainforest in rural Hawaii, with fantasies of utopia and dreams of self-sufficiency, but no real idea of what they're getting into. In their first year in an unfamiliar new world, the high-tech, low-tech, no-tech learning curve is steep and hilarious: exasperating, exhilarating . . . exciting! Whether or not you share the dream of moving off the grid, you'll get a laugh out of their unexpected adventures.
Presents step-by-step instructions for completing projects that provide a green approach to everyday life, including a rainwater collection and distribution system, a thermoelectric lamp, and a solar power system.
For anyone who has ever dreamed of leaving it all behind and heading for the hills, survival expert and three-time New York Times bestselling author, Tim MacWelch, makes that a reality with How to Survive Off the Grid. Concrete, useful hints cover everything from raising chickens in your urban backyard to going totally off the grid in your all-solar log cabin. A guide for the modern homesteader this covers energy efficiency, finding and pumping your own water, keeping chickens, goats, bees, and other critters, and much more from a practical hands-on perspective. GET THERE Decide how far off the grid you want to get, choose your spot, and take the plunge (or adapt these hints to a more suburban or even urban lifestyle) Stake Your Claim Gimme Shelter Water or Life The Heat Is On Power Up LIVE THERE Ensure you have enough to eat on a daily basis, and all year round. More than Meals Veggies for All Fruits and Nuts Amber Waves of Grain Backyard Critters Get Your Goat Have a Cow, Man Fish & Bugs SURVIVE THERE Eat nature's bounty, build a safe house and nurse yourself back to health The Long Haul Hunt & Fish Level Up Safe as Houses Be Your own Doctor Bug Out! Into the Wild
Von den Bergen Idahos nach Cambridge – der unwahrscheinliche »Bildungsweg« der Tara Westover. Tara Westover ist 17 Jahre alt, als sie zum ersten Mal eine Schulklasse betritt. Zehn Jahre später kann sie eine beeindruckende akademische Laufbahn vorweisen. Aufgewachsen im ländlichen Amerika, befreit sie sich aus einer ärmlichen, archaischen und von Paranoia und Gewalt geprägten Welt durch – Bildung, durch die Aneignung von Wissen, das ihr so lange vorenthalten worden war. Die Berge Idahos sind Taras Heimat, sie lebt als Kind im Einklang mit der grandiosen Natur, mit dem Wechsel der Jahreszeiten – und mit den Gesetzen, die ihr Vater aufstellt. Er ist ein fundamentalistischer Mormone, vom baldigen Ende der Welt überzeugt und voller Misstrauen gegenüber dem Staat, von dem er sich verfolgt sieht. Tara und ihre Geschwister gehen nicht zur Schule, sie haben keine Geburtsurkunden, und ein Arzt wird selbst bei fürchterlichsten Verletzungen nicht gerufen. Und die kommen häufig vor, denn die Kinder müssen bei der schweren Arbeit auf Vaters Schrottplatz helfen, um über die Runden zu kommen. Taras Mutter, die einzige Hebamme in der Gegend, heilt die Wunden mit ihren Kräutern. Nichts ist dieser Welt ferner als Bildung. Und doch findet Tara die Kraft, sich auf die Aufnahmeprüfung fürs College vorzubereiten, auch wenn sie quasi bei null anfangen muss ... Wie Tara Westover sich aus dieser Welt befreit, überhaupt erst einmal ein Bewusstsein von sich selbst entwickelt, um den schmerzhaften Abnabelungsprozess von ihrer Familie bewältigen zu können, das beschreibt sie in diesem ergreifenden und wunderbar poetischen Buch. » Befreit wirft ein Licht auf einen Teil unseres Landes, den wir zu oft übersehen. Tara Westovers eindringliche Erzählung — davon, einen Platz für sich selbst in der Welt zu finden, ohne die Verbindung zu ihrer Familie und ihrer geliebten Heimat zu verlieren — verdient es, weithin gelesen zu werden.« J.D. Vance Autor der »Hillbilly-Elegie«
The Day the Grid Went Down is a compelling novel about what could happen to the world should a truly catastrophic economic collapse occur. The book is largely based on the true-life experiences of author David J. Nicks and other real-world events, such as the partial economic collapse of 2008. Using the 2012 elections as a point of departure, The Day the Grid Went Down spins off into a cautionary tale of fiction that draws persuasive parallels between where we might currently be heading and prophecies from the Bible. Fact and fiction interweave throughout the book as Nicks juxtaposes his own story with an imagined, but very feasible, scenario involving a total economic collapse and the worldwide chaos that would likely ensue as a result. Author David J. Nicks is a South Carolina native who works as an insulator, specializing in nuclear plants and fire protection systems. Although he has written other books in the past, The Day the Grid Went Down is the first that he's had published. It was inspired by current events that in the author's opinion, present the very real possibility of an impending economic collapse. Publisher's website: http: //sbpra.com/DavidJNick
Sixteen-year-old Cody was born and raised “off the grid” deep in the wilderness by idealistic parents. When his father becomes seriously ill, the family is forced to move into the city so he can get treatment. Attending high school for the first time, Cody is an oddity and has a hard time adjusting. He finds unlikely allies in DeMarco, an inner-city kid, and Ernest, a philosophical homeless man, and he begins a tentative friendship with Alexis.
When he comes to DeMarco’s defense in an altercation at school, Cody finds himself in trouble with the police. A second confrontation puts Cody in more trouble with the cops, and he is convinced he must escape to the family homestead or be arrested. But Cody is torn between fleeing the city or staying with his ailing father and facing whatever consequences come his way.
As things become more and more expensive and various operations are seemingly becoming more interdependent, many seek to be self sufficient in some way and not be plugged into the grid. It is something that can be carried out quite easily and effectively once one has the necessary tools on hand to get the job done. One great tool to have on hand is "Self Sufficiency: Getting Back To Basics." It can teach the reader how they can become self sufficient with certain practices. For instance instead of going to the market every week for fresh fruits and vegetables, it can be grown at home. If the space permits, small animals like chickens can be reared as well. Another thing that can be modified is finances. Many persons make the mistake daily of things that they should and should not do and end up getting deeper into debt. The author gives those viable solutions to self sufficiency. It is up to the reader to use it.
From the New York Times bestselling indie author, the conclusion to the sexy contemporary romance that began in Collide, about a woman torn between her seemingly perfect boyfriend and a dark, mysterious stranger. “Do you know how scary it is to want something so bad you’re willing to change your whole life for it?” Emily Cooper is ready to risk everything to be with the man who has consumed her thoughts and dreams since the fateful day they met. Unraveling fast, she can only cling to the hope that Gavin Blake still wants her. Nursing his wounded heart, Gavin has cut himself off from society and retreated into a self-destructive, mind-numbing world. Emily isn’t used to being the strong one, but she’ll have to find the daring and confidence within to fight for their love and bring Gavin back from the edge—even if it means losing herself to their all-consuming, pulse-pounding passion. A New York Times bestseller, Pulse is the unforgettable conclusion to the story of Emily and Gavin that began with Collide.