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. Maybe that’s because I played too much Fallout in my youth, or maybe I’m a bit paranoid. Nevertheless, I read a great book on building fallout shelters, and I want to implement some ideas of such fallout shelter to my dugout.

From the root cellar capital of the world,
Originally uploaded by Jason Doucette

The other goal I want to accomplish is to have a place to store a lot of food I will harvest from my land. And to save money on storing stuff in a cool place. I might also place there a refrigerator to save a bit on energy used to run it.

I want to build the root cellar with concrete, and build it deep enough to have a 3-foot (1 meter) layer of earth covering it. It should keep the temperature stable, and also keep the radiation away. 😉

I will post here more details when I have any. At the moment I am scrolling through various DIY and off-grid sites to find a good blueprint for building a root cellar. The building will probably begin in 6 months, or so, when the winter is over.






One response to “Root cellar in my renewable home – why?”

  1. Ayla Peterson Avatar
    Ayla Peterson

    I love your picture that is how I pictured ours, we are moving off the grid in a week. PLease send me any tips on getting started. we want to build this first incase any tornados touch down. The Barn on the land was hit a few years ago and we are using some of the wood to build a TP

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