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Archive for November, 2011

Self-sufficiency vs self-reliance off the grid

The more I learn about modern survival and being prepared for SHTF (which is one of the reasons I want to live off-grid), the more interesting concepts I undertand. Not being english native for some time I didn’t get the difference between self-sufficiency and self-reliance. It took me some time, and now it’s clear.

You measure self-sufficiency in percent, while self-reliance is measured in hours or days.

If you’re 100% self-sufficient in terms of electrical power, it means that you can produce all the power you need, all the time. In such a case, your off-grid energy source is able to produce enough power for all your appliances, day and night, during winter and summer. (more…)

5 reasons I want to go off-grid

Since the time I started this blog, I never took the time to write about my goals and reasons why I want to live off the grid.

Today is a good time to do it. 🙂

1. I want to be independent and free

I want to be free and be independent from all the systems of support, like the power grid or water mains. I will use most of my power bought from the grid (my solar and wind power plant will probably not provide enough energy for all my appliances). But the key appliances like ventillation fan or central heating water pump will be able to work even if the grid fails. (more…)

Garbage warrior

This week I watched the “Garbage warrior”, a film about american architect, Mike Reynolds. This documentary shows several buildings and subdivisions built by Reynolds, starting with the Thumb House, and the Earthship, of course.

This film was highly motivating and inspiring for me. I am wondering if I could add some tires with rammed earth to my off-grid ideas (this could be a good idea for my greenhouse). I was a bit dissapointed that there was not much technical details, but it is still worth viewing. (more…)

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  • Off-grid heating, ventilation and cooling

    Off-grid house should not get any energy input from outside. It should use only energy generated on-site. Because of that, in my opinion a house that’s powered by propane (for genset, cooking and heating) is not off the grid.

    But in cool climates most of the energy is required for heating and domestic hot water. How can an autonomous house get large amounts of energy needed for those two uses?

    In this article I will get you a short review of off-grid HVAC, or off-grid heating, ventillation and air conditioning. (more…)

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