Inside the subculture of off-grid living Written by a leading authority on living off the grid, this is a fascinating and timely look at one of the fastest growing movements in America. In researching the stories that would become Off the Grid, Nick Rosen traveled from one end of the United States to the other, spending time with all kinds of individuals and families striving to live their lives the way they want to-free from dependence on municipal power and amenities, and free from the inherent dependence on the government and its far-reaching arms. While the people profiled may not have a lot in common in terms of their daily lives or their personal background, what they do share is an understanding of how unique their lives are, and how much effort and determination is required to maintain the lifestyle in the face of modern America's push toward connectivity and development.
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.
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 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.
This clever how-to handbook is the first step to living off the grid.
An in-depth look at the strategies employed in sustainable home design.
Off the Florida coast, Grace MacBride, partner in software company Monkeewrench, thwarts an assassination attempt on a retired FBI agent. A few hours afterward in Minneapolis, a young girl’s throat is slashed. Later that day, two men are killed execution style. Minneapolis Homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth struggle to link the three crimes, but the wave of murders across the country has only just begun. Piece by piece, evidence accumulates, pointing to a suspect—and a motive—that shocks them to the core. It puts the entire Midwest on high alert...and Monkeewrench in the line of fire.
The Red Desert of Wyoming is a beautiful and punishing place for anybody, even for game warden Joe Pickett and his friend Nate Romanowski in this #1 New York Times bestselling thriller... Nate is off the grid, recuperating from wounds and trying to deal with past crimes, when he is suddenly surrounded by a small team of elite professional special operators. They’re not there to threaten him, but to make a deal. They need help destroying a domestic terror cell in Wyoming’s Red Desert, and in return they’ll make Nate’s criminal record disappear. But they are not what they seem, as Nate’s friend Joe Pickett discovers. They have a much different plan in mind, and it just might be something that takes them all down—including Nate and Joe.
Prefabrication offers a simple path to the green home of your dreams, and in her latest book, Prefabulous author Sheri Koones highlights the many ways of using prefabrication to create almost-off-the-grid homes—houses that are not only environmentally friendly but often operate at nearly zero annual energy cost. Taking energy from the grid when necessary and returning any excess energy produced, almost-off-the-grid homes function on a fraction of the energy required by most houses, and additionally are more comfortable, healthier, quieter inside, and far cheaper to operate. As energy costs continue to rise, the almost-off-the-grid house proves its worth. Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid profiles more than 30 of the most energy-efficient homes in the United States, and this hardworking guide reveals how homeowners can achieve similar results with floor plans, the latest, most efficient technologies, and multiple images of the exterior and interior of each home. Praise for Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid: Recipient of the 2013 Robert Bruss Gold Book Award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) “You can build a high quality, environmentally friendly and efficient home at a reasonable price with a look and feel of a traditional home. Advancements like those used in our house and the other houses in this book will transform the homebuilding industry.” —Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey and administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency “The time has come to throw out the old stereotypes and to embrace prefab building techniques as the way of the future—and the best approach for today. For anyone wanting to create a house that’s sustainable in every sense of the word, this book is an excellent place to start.” —Sarah Susanka, architect and author of The Not So Big House series “I'm passionate about prefab because I know that it can spark an incredibly positive change in the building industry and dramatically reduce costs and construction duration. Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid is an enlightening guide on using prefab to create your own affordable, energy-efficient home.” —Bruce Ratner, chairman and chief executive of the Forest City Ratner Companies “Sheri Koones highlights the many ways of using prefabrication to create almost-off-the-grid homes that are not only environmentally friendly but often operate at nearly zero annual energy cost. . . . This is an easy-on-the-eyes guide that includes floor plans and multiple images of the exterior and interior of each home. It is not a manual for green construction, but a general overview of aspects of prefab and green construction. And it does that well.” —Natural Life magazine “If you’re ready to do something about your energy dependence, or if you enjoy stories of people who’ve bucked the trends, you owe it to yourself to give Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid a look. Beautifully illustrated, it ends with a great resources list for the homes showcased.” —Examiner.com “Indispensable guide to creating the ideal, almost-off-the-grid home. . . . This text is both timely and tempting to anyone interested in inhabiting a more comfortable and cost-efficient abode.” —Bask “This attractive coffee-table-style book, the third in Koones’s Prefabulous series, features 32 prefabricated houses that, to a greater or lesser extent, boast environmentally friendly, efficient, and renewable-energy elements.” —Publishers Weekly
"Knallhart und gut - diese Reihe gehört zum Besten, was das Genre zu bieten hat!" (Focus) In der Nacht: Auf einem Segelboot zehn Meilen vor der kalifornischen Küste entkommt der ehemalige FBI-Agent John Smith knapp einem Attentat. Kurz darauf ist er verschwunden. Am nächsten Morgen: In Minneapolis wird ein junges Mädchen aufgefunden, mit durchtrennter Kehle. Wenig später: Ein paar Straßen weiter werden zwei junge Männer hingerichtet - vermutlich ein Streit unter Gangs. Am nächsten Morgen: drei Tote. Die Wohnung, in der sie liegen, entpuppt sich als Waffen-Arsenal. Einzelfälle? Den Detectives Magozzi und Rolseth kommen Zweifel. Parallelen in Detroit und Los Angeles lassen auf Terrorzellen schließen. Doch welches Ziel verfolgen die unbekannten Gegner? Unterstützt von den vier Computerspezialisten der Monkewrench-Crew entdecken sie, dass John an einem Code zur Terrorbekämpfung arbeitete. Und am 31. Oktober ein Anschlag bevorsteht. Doch was ist das Ziel? Während die sechs sich noch fragen, wer ihre Gegner sind, haben die sie schon fest im Visier ... Der sechste Fall für die Monkeewrench-Crew.
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.
The rollicking tale of a first-of-its-kind adventure—driving a Tesla through Central America. Only a week after the nation’s newspapers were filled with headlines of the first cross-country trip in an electric car, two Louisianans slip quietly across the Rio Grande in south Texas in an attempt to do the unthinkable—drive a factory electric car across seven Third World countries to the “end of the road,” Panama City, Panama. Without support and armed only with a toolbox, a bag of electrical adapters, and their wits, author Randy Denmon and his friend Dean trudge on through jungles, deserts, volcanoes, rivers, and crater-sized potholes, all the while trying to avoid the drug cartels and corrupt border guards that could mean a quick end to their adventure . . . and their lives. Through it all, the same enormous problem loomed daily: how to charge the car in such a primitive and desolate setting? Despite the numerous setbacks, Randy never lost his sense of humor. Off the Grid is as much a spiritual journey as a physical one about two guys who dropped everything for one grand twenty-first-century adventure—traveling back in time in a car that seemed to come from the future.
Little did Lidia know her life would take such twists and turns, but once she stepped through that door, nothing was ever the same. I was allowed to see the unimaginable, the good, the bad, and the ugly. A fever-pitch ride and journey with one clue leading to another dimension . . . Lidia West has found herself between two worlds. She had left her upper middle-class life of comfort to a new place into a wilderness. She experienced what some only imagine. She encountered forces, both benevolent and malevolent, along the way. Her every step was a leap of faith if she chose to pursue the clues in her dreams. Too tenacious to ever back down, she moved forward with not her own strength but reliance upon the one who held all the answers. Lidias heart and soul is to share something far too urgent to keep to herself. She must find a way to get the information out even against all odds. The Spirit and the bride say, Come let anyone hearing come and drink lifes water free. (Revelation 22:17) Agape
A hunt for dangerous secrets leads to explosive chemistry in this exhilarating romantic suspense novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Going Dark. A team of Navy SEALs go on a mission and disappear without a trace--they are The Lost Platoon. Investigative reporter Brittany Blake may have stumbled upon the story of a lifetime in her search for her missing brother. When he seemingly disappears overnight, she refuses to accept the Navy's less-than-satisfying explanation. She begins her own investigation, which leads her to top-secret SEAL teams, covert ops, and a possible cover up... John Donovan is having trouble biding his time, waiting for his Commanding Officer to figure out who set up their platoon. John's best friend and BUD/S partner, Brandon Blake, was one of the many lives tragically lost in the attack against his team. When Brandon's sister, Brittany, tracks John down, looking for answers, he realizes that she may be their best bet--or bait--for finding out who is targeting SEAL Team Nine.
HOLIDAY HIDEOUT When computer expert Arden DeMarco hacks secret files and discovers evidence of treason, a price is put on her head. What started as a mission to help a friend is now a fight for her life with assassins and the FBI tracking her down. There's no time to get distracted by her brother's best friend, Kane Walker, but the security expert promised Arden's family he'd bring her safely home for the holidays. Instead they're dodging bullets—and fighting their growing feelings—while Arden races to break the encryption and find out what's hidden in the files she stole. But as they're hunted by armed henchmen determined to make sure those secrets are never uncovered, keeping Arden safe is the only Christmas gift that matters…
Off Grid Living 9 Lessons on How to Live off The Grid and Survive in the Wild. Grow Your Own Food Source & Become Energy Independent. Part #1 Sale price. You will save 33% with this offer. Please hurry up! Have you ever wondered what the term 'off the grid' means? Would you like to know what practical steps you could take to reduce your impact on the environment? Have you considered living an autonomous lifestyle in a self-sufficient home? Do you ever feel as if modern life is causing unnecessary anxiety and that getting back in touch with nature would improve your quality of life? This book considers some of the reasons why people decide to live an Off Grid life, and provides a brief look at some of the aspect of life that need to be re-thought in order to do so. You will learn how to make your home more self-sufficient, how to feed yourself when living Off the Grid, and what some of the main challenges of Off the Grid living include. Rather than insisting on jumping straight into a fully Off Grid lifestyle, this book provides the reader with suggested ways to gradually transition into the desired lifestyle. Topics covered include: Why live an Off the Grid life?Getting the right mindsetPreparing to transition to Off Grid livingThe homeEnergy and utilitiesWhy to avoid packaged foods, and how to grow your ownFood: Foraging and findingClothingLeisure and EntertainmentThe biggest challenges and some solutions Download your copy of "Off Grid Living" by scrolling up and clicking "Buy Now With 1-Click" button. Tags: off grid, off grid living, off grid survival, off grid living free, living off the grid, survival for beginners, off grid power, off grid living free, off grid magazine, Survival, off grid eating, off grid home, off grid cooking, Proper Crop Irrigation Methods, Raising Chickens, Raising Goats & Rabbits, Growing Fruits, Steps to Off-Grid Success, Personal Privacy, Communication Methods & Techniques, Water Collection & Storage, Sustainable Organic Farming, Growing Herbs & Vegetables, Raising Chickens, Raising Goats & Rabbits, Making Bio-Diesel, Personal and Family Protection, Community Formation, Structured Savings, Canine Protection, Raising Bees for Honey & Wax, Baking Bread & Healthy Desserts, Tilapia Fish Production, Making Wine from Fresh Fruit, Preserving Food, Renewable Energy Production, Heating & Cooling Methods, Internet Communication & Entertainment, Bartering For Supplies
A guide for the modern homesteader, this book 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.