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  • in reply to: tips and tricks for the very poor #65099
    Alrod53
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    You can also change the lighting in your house to 12 volt lights instead of 120 volt. Just use a car battery to power them and recharge with a small battery charger.

    in reply to: tips and tricks for the very poor #65098
    Alrod53
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    You can start a garden first of all no matter how small so you will save on food, and can what you have extra don’t give it away.You will save on food purchases. If you have cable TV get fid of it. One less bill and you can watch TV on the net.one less bill. Go to sleep when the sun goes down get up at sunrise save electric not using lights. Cook out side when possible saves gas and does not heat up the house in summer. Make your own cooking charcoal by packing a metal bucket or barrel that has a tight fitting lid with wood and burn untill all is ignited well put on lid leaving 1/4 open till smoke goes from yellow to gray and then cover tightly to starve the fire of oxygen to stop burn..After it cools, remove lump charcoal.It may take a couple of trys to get it right but it works well once you get it down. You will not need to buy charcoal to cook with. Build a rocket stove mass heater to heat your greenhouse and grow winter if your in a cold climate one can also be built to heat your home also if you buy it..Hopefully with these tips you will be able to buy the rental you living in..larry

    in reply to: If going or already are off grid what tools would you own #64973
    Alrod53
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    I think I would also include heavy chains or cables and ropes of various sizes. some type of grinder bench or angel type, axes hatchets..When we moved off the grid we had a semi trailer load of stuff just tools and log splitters portable gas welder, cutting torches..And yes all of my blacksmithing tools and forge.

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