The Autonomous House

Off-grid Pioneer BBC Radio had a great dive into the archives tonight (Saturday), with a show about our past visions of the Future House. From

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They practice what we preach

Jules Dervaes and his family who live an almost completely self-sufficient life are about to be featured by the New York Times, with their own video on the newspaper’s web site.

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Go Gooshing

Goosh till you swoosh Don’t go shopping, go gooshing. The Ethical Company Organisation (ECO) has launched a new ethical products web site, listing products sold

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Battery Maintenance

PV panels only provide power when the sun is shining and wind generators only produce when there is sufficient wind, which can be less than

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LOW PRICE SOLAR PANEL

Exponent Flex 5 Coleman’s Exponent Flex 5 solar energy pack recharge your mobile phone and other small items on the move – at a better

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A FUNDING body in the Lake District which helps businesses go off-grid, has 250,000 of grants to hand out before the summer. The Energy for

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Beanz meanz Biofuels

Alcohol Still Ethanol is produced from starch-based grains, including corn, barley, grass straw and fast growing poplar trees, and is a replacement or additive for

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Daryl Hannah’s Tipi

Daryl Hannah outside her Tipi (Jeff Lipsky) Actress Daryl Hannah gave us an in-depth interview about her Rocky Mountain hideaway and why she likes to

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Waterpower 101

MicroHydro Generator If your homestead can take advantage of water sources to produce electricity, then you have come to the right place. Here are the

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Photo-Voltaics (PV)

Burbank Resident Robert Beher on the roof with his 2 kW solar PV system Here on our off-grid homestead, we use PV panels as part

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Installing a wood stove

Ancient Kalamazoo Franklin We had a very old Kalamazoo Franklin wood stove that was coming apart at the seams, literally. The final straw was this

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Power Toys

Here are a few technical toys for getting and using power in an off-grid home. Power Toys need power Starting with the NiMH battery Charger,

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What is off-grid?

Being off-grid means something different to everyone. To me it simply means not being tethered to the services one normally expects of society. Steve Spence

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Energy Alternatives

For a clear headed guide to alternative energy sources in a cold (UK) climate, visit Off the Grid. Written by David Allender, who bought a

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Beach Hut Crazy

Part of the reason for going off-grid is the obscene price of property. But even high-earners will be appalled at the 140,000 asking price for

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Green and Gold

He’s the heir to business millions and she’s the former model who swapped the catwalk and high heels for wellies and a life down on

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Coolest Caravans

Shake off your prejudice and start looking for your tow bar; the chicest (and easiest) way to be independent comes in the form of the

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Fantasy Island

A holiday is in the eye of the beholder. No Swimming pool, no tv, no minbars For those who want to truly off-grid when they

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Warm indoors

What’s the most effective way generating enough off-grid energy? Try not needing quite so much in the first place. According to the National Energy Foundation,

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Pod Life

Off-Grid loves any excuse to kick back and enjoy the view, and design team The Collaborators have made it possible to do that just about

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Greenbuild Expo

Greenbuild International Conference and Expo 2004 in Portland, Oregon on 10th to 12th November – 3 days of workshops, talks and exhibitions for anyone involved

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Solar pools

You could make use of your swimming pool (or small lake) for much longer with a solar pool heating system. Pool solar heaters are just

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Build your own dome

Self-build geodesic domes course on Dec 10th to 12th at the Low-Impact Living Initiative, Redfield Community, Winslow, Bucks, UK. Build your own low-impact dwelling /

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Plant your roof

Green roofs are designed to support the growth of plants. They consist of a special waterproof and root repellant membrane, a drainage system, filter cloth,

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Homes 2016

UK planners James Woudhuysen and Ian Abley look forward optimistically to 2016 in Blueprint magazine : Forget the 0.12 million new dwellings that deputy prime

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House-Bus

From Clare Morgan Here is one self-build home that got around the planning laws! A CLASSIC BUS that had been converted into a UK home

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VW Camper alive in UK

Known as the Type 2, or “bay window” van (its predecessor had a beaky nose and split windscreen), it fell off the twig in Europe

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Sea-scooter

The makers bill the Seascooter as a Personal underwater transporter, but that’s going a bit too far. The Seascooter is just a small, safe hand-held

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Arhaus turns Kiwi green

From Organic NZ – Construction has started on a home in West Auckland that, when finished, will mark the start of a new company’s crusade

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Read this book

Reading a book is so-o-o off-grid, especially if its a second-hand edition of Henry Thoreau‘s Walden, or Life in the Woods first published 150 years

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Ultimate Camper-van

The Camper-van revolution is upon us. The RV is shaking off its image of snoring retirees and untethering itself from power supplies or campsites. Enter

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New caravan generation

New trendier designs are attracting a younger crowd into the caravan market. Caravan sales went through the roof last year when the UK became the

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Sunwarm heats the UK

A new heating/cooling system relying on solar energy is all the rage among house builders and developers in the UK. Sunwarm solar panels and hot

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Garden Solar water feature

Water fountains and other garden features can be powered by small solar panels. Here’s where to find the cheapest ones. Auto Amazon Links: No products

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Actor lives for green energy

Actor Dennis Weaver is doing more than just talking about energy conservation. He created his own environmental consultancy and is regularly seen driving off from

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Solar goes stellar

Oil giant BP have a strategy of enlisting celebs to back their green energy program. Actors Daryl Hannah, Pierce Brosnan and Danny DeVito are part

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Solar’s the New Black

Soaring electricity prices and fear of recurrent blackouts are pushing liberal New Yorkers to switch to solar power. Auto Amazon Links: No products found.

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Energy Saving Light Bulbs

Living off-grid means reducing your consumption to the minimum, be it water or energy. To save money on electricity, replace normal light bulbs with energy

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Energy Saving

There are simple things you can do to decrease the energy consumption off-grid in your house, shack, tree-house, campervan or boat. Energy efficiency is easy.

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Compost It

Composting toilets are great off-grid toilets. No need for water or chemicals, they treat human and organic household waste by composting and dehydration, and the

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Off-grid Holiday Farm

Even if you can’t live off-grid you can still unplug and go on holiday on an off-grid farm. Get the nitty-gritty off the grid experience,

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My house in a tree

Tree houses are not just for children. A tree house can be a great summer house, studio or reading room Auto Amazon Links: No products

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Party tents

Party tents are not just for parties. As well as accommodating 10 people standing, they are a great as shelters for camping or on the

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The Dymaxion House

It looks like a big metallic mushroom, a futuristic tent or a spaceship. Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion was the first modern house specifically designed to be

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Recycle rainwater

Collecting rainwater is the simplest, cheapest way of getting a water supply. Rainwater harvesting is practiced all over the world. As water becomes scarcer, it

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Solar Water Heaters

You don’t need to live in the tropics to heat your water with solar energy. Any sunlight will do. Different situations and climates need different

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My Beautiful Yurt

Yurts (in Russian) or Gers (the Mongolian word) have marched across the frozen steppes to capture the hearts and minds of Western Bohos. See below

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