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Archive for November, 2009

Wind turbines on eBay

Though I believe that at this time wind turbines are way to expensive to buy (especially in Poland, as I explained here), not every off-gridder is also a DIY-enthusiast. Because of that some of you may be forced to purchase wind turbine, instead of making one by yourself.

If you consider buying one, I’d suggest trying to find one as cheap as possible, as it’d make it easier for you to get a return from this expense. Buying used one may be a good idea, but only if you can measure if the turbine is working properly. (more…)

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  • Appliances for off-grid living

    Living off the grid doesn’t mean you have to live like in the 15th century, doing everything with your own hands. Much of typical house work is done today by some appliances. If you want to live off-grid, you probably don’t want to get rid of those appliances. So what should you do?

    If you’re building a new off-grid capable house, you must be able to supply all the energy and water used for your appliances. If you don’t want to be 100% grid-independent, you may, for example, want to make your electricity and harvest rainwater, but buy natural gas from the supply network. But in every case you need to precisely identify all your energy and water needs to fulfill those needs somehow. (more…)

    Composting toilets

    The lot I want to build my off-grid home at is not connected to sanitary sewers (it even doesn’t have access to public water supply!), so I will have to deal with wastewater on my own. I have a batch of ideas I will share with you here in a couple of next posts.

    One of ideas I got is to get rid of the traditional flushed toilets, and use composting toilets instead. The theory on composting toilets can be found here, so I will cut to the chase and explain the basics of this idea. And I will describe here the goal I want to accomplish. (more…)

    Composting toilet – wikipedia

    I wanted to write here a series of articles about my ideas of dealing with wastewater. One of my ideas is to use the composting toilets instead of ordinary flush toilets, connected to septic tank. This would allow me to save a bit of water (used for flushing those toilets), and reduce the amount of wastewater my off-grid house would produce.

    And the best is that those composting toilets will produce compost, a very good additive for my future garden.

    Before I write anything about why I want to use those composting toilets, first I want to share with you a great source of information about those toilets. (more…)

    Root cellar in my renewable home – why?

    For quite a long time I thought of building a root cellar for my renewable home. In this article I will describe you the basics of my idea, explaining why I want to built it so much.

    I must honestly say that I want to build my home as off-grid capable as possible because I believe that in a couple of years our world will change substantially because of the Peak Oil. When the oil becomes three… four… ten times more expensive than it’s today, I expect a lot of trouble with supply of the energy from the grid. I am also a bit worried that in that point a global war will be started to fight over the remaining fossil fuels. (more…)

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