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I'm going to live off-grid. Read my blog and learn how to do it yourself!

Colorful solar panels

Until now, the solar panels (photovoltaic panels) and solar thermal collector were highly visible on the roofs of houses. In this article I will show you a technology that might change it a bit.

As I found out recently, Colored Solar, a company based in US, makes solar panels in a variety of colours, e.g.:

  • green,
  • red,
  • brown,
  • gold,
  • violet,
  • pink.

They are all made from silicon policrystals.

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Laws regarding living off-grid in Poland

I like to answer to your questions on my blog, but this is the first time I decided to publish my reply as a separate post. That’s because the following question that came from Ellis is not an easy one..

I am looking for a place in the EU where I could buy land and build a very small timber frame off grid cabin, or live in a yurt for less than 7k€.

I’d be extremely grateful for any advice you would have. On what sort of land is it legal and possible to do this in Poland? Are there any zoning laws, land, and building regulations which will make this impossible?

The answer to this question is pretty complex, as the building-related laws in Poland. Read the rest of this entry »

My land from above

Last week I went to my little house to record a video using a GoPro cam attached to my RC quadrocopter I just bought.

What can I say, the view is very nice, because the weather was fine that day. 🙂

You can see the plot is very narrow, but quite long. It’s the one with three rows of trees.

The summer is finally coming to an end. Just for a couple weeks more I’ll be able to spend the night in the house without freezing my butt off. Because of that we finally started to insulate the walls using mineral wool. I want to use the house all year round. 😉

Since the last episode:

  • we added one extra beam (made of three planks) supporting the roof,
  • filled the holes between wall and roof with small parts of OSB board,
  • insulated the bottom of the walls using styrofoam, glued to the exterior OSB board,
  • started insulating the walls,
  • added inner layer of OSB to the one wall we managed to insulate with wool (this time with thinner OSB, 10 mm / 0,4 in),
  • installed two cupboards and one set of shelves,
  • painted a bit the walls,
  • added some boards to the composting toilet and sealed some crevices in the building to stop cold air from flowing easily inside.

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My tiny off-grid house on Google Street View

From time to time I go on Google Maps or other similar sites to check for the new satelite images of my property, in good resolution.

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon the new images on Google Maps. Not only those photos finally have better resolution, but also my tiny house can be seen. Or it’s roof, to be more specific. Read the rest of this entry »

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