Charles Doherty


Cool Tools

This site does not talk enough about the great new gadgets and technologies which make off-grid living ever more comfortable.  Here are two – your favorite suggestions please, readers,  in comments at end of this story.:-

The impact of the microwave oven on human grazing habits has been extreme. It can reheat frozen food or cook raw food in a fraction of the time required of a conventional oven and has brought the convenience of preparing food to new levels. The WaveBox Microwave Oven is a

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Future House now

Brief tour of a multi-feature, state of the art, architect-designed home.

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emPowering Africa

Prototype for future solar energy programs.Local action brings renewables to poorest parts.

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Rent an eco-caravan

Weekend behind a hedge for a quick dip into the off-grid lifestyle

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Off-Grid 101

Cate Blanchett – off the grid down under

Cate Blanchett
Off-Grid goddess

Cate Blanchett’s hot off the set of “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”, but she won’t be indulging in any wasteful showering. Dailysnack.com reported that the 38-year-old Oscar-nominated thespian had a timer installed in her shower, limiting her shower-action to just four minutes.

“I heard something silly the other day that I’d stopped washing my hair to cut down on using even more water but that’s not true,” she said. “I’m just trying to do my bit. I do live in a desert called Australia you know.”

This environmental concern is nothing out of the ordinary for Cate, who lives in a solar-powered apartment in Sydney. And she recently announced plans to take the Sydney Theatre Company off-grid.

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How I live off-grid

Denise is a tattoo artist who lives off-grid in New York State. She describes her setup.

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