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Heating With a Wood Stove vs. a Water Stove

October 26, 2016 – 8:17 pm

The pros and cons of heating your home with a wood stove vs. a water stove. Which is best? I’ll help you decide.

How To Install A Permanent Clothesline. Metal vs Wood.

September 9, 2016 – 8:35 am

An easy, step-by-step guide to installing a permanent clothesline. Plus, why we like metal t-posts better than wood. (Disaster story to follow!)

How To Use A Percolator To Brew Coffee

March 9, 2016 – 6:57 pm

Learn how to brew a fresh cup of coffee without the need for electricity.

How To Light Your Home Without Electricity

December 8, 2015 – 9:43 am

Six ways we light up our home without using any electricity.

Hang Drying Laundry Indoors

October 28, 2015 – 2:06 pm

How I hang dry clothes indoors when it’s rainy or freezing outside. You only need a few helpful items, and a little time and patience!

Clotheslines and Termites

October 28, 2015 – 9:21 am

It might be time to consider replacing our wooden clothesline with metal posts. Termites have come to town.

Solar Cooking in a Sun Oven

July 20, 2015 – 1:51 am
sun oven

I have a new love: Solar Cooking! By using the sun to cook our foods, I’m saving money and energy, and keeping my house cooler during the hot summer months. Plus, the food is AMAZING.

Solar: Installing A Power Transfer Switch

April 2, 2015 – 8:13 pm

Connecting a transfer switch to our breaker panel was one more thing we had to do before we could disconnect from the grid. It enables us to run our home on either a generator or solar power, alternating between the two forms of power as necessary.

Testing Out The New Hand Pump on Our Well

March 11, 2015 – 10:20 am

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here yet, but a few months ago we were finally able to afford to get a hand pump installed on our well. We went with a Simple Pump, because …

Wood. Wood. Wood.

January 22, 2015 – 11:06 am

Having enough seasoned firewood for heating and cooking is critical for off grid survival.

Vacuuming Off The Grid

January 18, 2015 – 9:26 am

The ideal off-grid home will have hard flooring throughout. Unfortunately for us, we’ll likely be stuck with carpet for a few more years. Here’s how we plan on keeping our floors clean, even without electricity to run a vacuum.

Wood Stoves and Humidity

November 23, 2014 – 4:47 pm

Adding humidity back to the air when you burn a wood stove is really important. Here are a couple of ways you can do that.

The Dangerous Side of Solar

November 6, 2014 – 7:33 am
repaired battery terminal

Dealing with solar panels is just as dangerous as dealing with live electricity. We knew that going into this. But a simple mistake could have had deadly consequences.

Going Off Grid: Getting Rid of the Dishwasher.

October 21, 2014 – 5:47 pm
replacing the dishwasher

Getting rid of our automatic dishwasher is one part of how we’re preparing to go off the grid. Here’s a creative way we filled the empty space the old appliance left behind.

How To Easily Convert a Chest Freezer to a Fridge For Solar and More!

September 23, 2014 – 7:39 am

Here’s the easiest way to convert a standard chest freezer into an energy efficient fridge which can be run on solar power. No re-wiring required!

The Solar Panels Are Up!

September 16, 2014 – 12:01 am
venting batteries

Our solar panels are up and running! Let me walk you through our setup so you can see what we did…