Last Minute Gifts to Unplug with

So, what’s in your off-grid Christmas gift kit? If you’re having some trouble choosing what to get for your off-grid someone, here are five suggestions to…

Here we go again…

I’m very conflicted, I just signed up for a “service” that I would ordinarily want to have, especially at the monthly cost I’m going to…

The egg

What does it take to be a good neighbor… One thing is being willing to help when help is needed. I don’t have really close…
Doug and dog - Pumalín Park

RIP Doug Tompkins

By Aurora Herrera Can you imagine the founder of a multi-million-dollar company living off-grid? The man at the helm of the globally successful The North…

Tiny home made with SIP

This video caught my eye because it used the term SIP, I didn’t know what that meant until I watched the video further, it’s structurally…

No I’m knot kidding

Knots, everyone needs to know how to tie different kinds of knots, whether you are living off-grid, or in the big city, it’s a handy…

Off-Grid vlog 03

Here is another chatty off-grid video shot on site on the 4th floor observation deck of the SkyCastle, the things going on lately are my…

6 Months Living in beauty

We’ve been full-timing in our Airstream since April. That’s 6 months of LIB (Living in Beauty). So far, we’ve been visitors of 23 communities in…

Tesla’s solar tiles may be too costly

The solar roof tile seems set to transform technological necessity into desirable object.   Elon Musk’s launch event last week was a revolutionary moment because it…

Two years in a tiny home

Two years after moving into his tiny home, Bryce Langston came back for a return visit to see how Brett Sutherland is getting along, what…

SHTF cake aka comfort food

In times of stress, and SHTF would create a lot of stress, it’s good to have some comfort food to help bring the stress down…

Park City commits to 100% renewable

  Park City, Utah is the latest American city to pledge to turn to 100% renewable energy (you can view the whole list here). The promise…

WrethaOffGrid vlog 02

This is a semi-quick video where I’m chatting about what’s been going on this week. The main things are that my daughter and my 2…

Now’s the time

It’s nearly Halloween here in the USA, which means the Christmas merchandise has been in the stores for at least a few weeks now… I…

Canada project launched by ATCO

    A new off-grid system is capable of generating 75 kilowatts and storing 250 kilowatts hours of energy. Now that’s impressive! Last week, ATCO announced…

Heard of a Walker stove?

Me neither, but once I discovered it, I am definitely intrigued, it takes the best of rocket stove, thermal mass heaters, masonry heaters and the…

How safe is your drinking water?

      Reports of polluted drinking water contaminating whole communities have flooded in recently.  As if we didn’t need another reason to unplug, various…

Crucial court hearing for Steward Wood

  You may remember the Steward Community Woodland Group from our previous article ‘Dartmoor community eviction‘. There’s a little summary downpage. Since then, the Woodlanders have graciously thanked…

WrethaOffGrid vlog 01

I have been doing more and more reviews online, including video reviews so I have been getting more comfortable with being in front of the…

Auroville, the Utopia next door

  Imagine a place free from politics, religion and money. People from every background, of all ages, living in unity and self-sufficiency. The food that…

Outdoor living made a little easier

  Campfires are unpredictable and some camping stoves are bulky and let’s face it, impractical. Whether you want to heat some porridge to start your…

Doomsday retailer

  Meet Scott Hunt, also known as Engineer775 on his Youtube channel where he gives expert reviews for National Geographic’s reality TV show, Doomsday Preppers.…

Tiny turf houses in Iceland

I love seeing how people used to live, “back in the day” as we like to say. It’s interesting and educational to see how people…

Dartmoor community eviction

  An off-grid community located in woodland within Dartmoor National Park, UK are faced with eviction after 15 years of living side by side with nature.…

Knowledge and experience

Since we aren’t naturally born with all the knowledge (and experience) we’ll ever need, we have to learn. Hopefully we are learning something new everyday,…

First fire of the season

We had our first wood fire this evening, it’s not really cold, not as cold as it will get, but it was one of those…

UK Glamping Show goes down a treat

  The Glamping Show UK, made its annual appearance last week near Coventry.  The 3-day festival is for businesses and enthusiastic campers. The event included talks about…

Hobbiton

I love looking at alternative type housing, even if it’s a bit of a fantasy, I do live in a SkyCastle after all :) I…

Reynolds builds off-grid school

Where better to teach the next generation to be eco-friendly and self-sufficient than inside an off-grid school? This may be the future thanks to Michael…

SkyCastle photos

Sometimes, you just have to shut up and let the photos do the talking :)   This is how the SkyCastle looks currently. \ The…

Overcoming your fear

Fear (from Google) noun: fear; plural noun: fears 1. an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause…

Floating paradise

If I weren’t living where I do now and loving it, this is how I would want to live, on a homemade island home. These…

Handmade home off the grid

Meet Jesse, he lives in a tiny house in Maine, he built this himself and is quite ambitious – to live simply. I can appreciate…

Art in the desert

You can see many things in the desert, some see desolation, others see stark beauty, yet others take what they see and transform it into…

Hugelkultur

Hugelkultur, pronounced hugle (like bugle but with a “h”) culture, it’s really simple, combining raised beds with lots of organic material under and on top…

Off-Grid tent living

This is interesting and unexpected, it’s a 4 season tent,  the video shows it in winter with a blanket of snow.  Unlike a yurt, this…

129 square foot apartment

Here is another take on a tiny NY apartment,  this time in Paris. When architect Julie Nabucet was asked to fit the rooms of a…

130 square foot apartment

I like writing about tiny homes and alternative housing,  this is an interesting look at how some people live in South Korea, coming in at…

Hard core van living

In this episode of our Van Life adventure we find a very rare VW mechanic and get to work putting right what “The Mother of…

Kids and off-grid can work

Got kids and want to live off-grid? Think it’s not possible? Maybe you should check out this family in Canada,  they are doing it very…

Floating tiny home

This is one of of the most interesting tiny home / floating homes I’ve ever seen! I love the look of this,  I could totally…

New TV series off-grid in Scotland

The series due to launch tonight on BBC Channel 4, will chronicle the successes and failures of a new social experiment in Ardnamurchan, near Lochaber,…
Horse drawn life off the grid

UK Off-Grid Festival

August 11th – 14th Britain’s emerging community will open the doors of perception and glimpse Another World. The annual Off-Grid Festival in Exeter, Devon is…

Tiny home tour

Julie Olson needed a traveling home for her mobile dog training business. With no architecture training, she drew up plans for exactly what she needed…

Handy hacks

Modern technology is an amazing thing,  once open a time,  if you wanted to read about something,  to learn about something,  you had to go…

What are we going to do?

We live off-grid, on a mountain side in the high desert of far west Texas, since December 2007, we have embedded ourselves quite deeply in…

Off-Grid 4th of July

This year,  we had the best 4th of July celebration,  the SkyCastle has become quite the destination spot for our friends,  so PB (Primitive Bob)…

SkyCastle upgrade

  The SkyCastle is getting a facelift, or an upgrade, however you wish to look at it. This all started out from PB needing to…

The truth about solar

A current and interesting look at solar power today,we have truly come a long way. Of course battery technology is still pretty far behind, prices…

Por Qué No Comprar Grano para Gallinas

Cuando me imagino criando pollos, siempre es de campo libre (¡por supuesto!), Veo a un granjero caminando por una bandada de hackeadores hambrientos arrojando puñados…
solar shed

Cobertizos Solares en Venta

UNITY, Maine – 11 de abril – Para Joas Hochstetler, gerente de Backyard Buildings , propiedad de los Amish , la idea de fabricar un…

Encuentro con un Siervo Canadiense

Aquellos que me han seguido durante algunos años deberían recordar mi encuentro con los alces hace unos tres años, causaron bastante daño, pero PB pudo…

Abuso fuera de la red

La historia impactante de Tara Westover, que cuenta en su libro de memorias recientemente publicado ‘Educated’ arroja una sombra inmerecida sobre las familias fuera de…

Lidiar con la Burocracia

<a href=”https://off-grid.net/dealing-with-bureaucracy/feds-attack-rancher/” rel=”attachment wp-att-59153″><img class=”size-full wp-image-59153″ src=”https://off-grid.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/feds-attack-rancher.jpg” alt=”Feds attack Rancher” width=”444″ height=”274″ /></a> Not only in Nevada La vida fuera de la red y la…

Barn shaped blueberry

Laura and Rory’s barn shaped blueberry tiny home,  they designed it themselves,  I love the little touches that makes it theirs. With clever ideas,  they…