Alternative Energy

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Make a Biogas Generator to Produce Your Own Natural Gas

Transform grass clippings, food waste and livestock manure into renewable biogas energy with a homemade biogas generator.   By Paul Scheckel August/September 2014 A 200-gallon biogas generator in Oregon turns 15 pounds of food waste into cooking fuel daily. As food and yard waste decompose, methane and carbon dioxide are created, inflating the rubber bladder … Continue reading

Human-Powered Machines Resource List: Pedal to the Metal

Mother Earth News 12/07/12 DIY Plans and Resources to Buy Human-Powered Machines Adults of average physical fitness can produce between 50 and 150 watts of mechanical power pedaling a bicycle. Why not put that power to work powering electronics, appliances and other machines? You’ll get fit while reducing your dependence of fossil fueled electricity. Pedal-powered machines are favorite spectacles … Continue reading

How To Build a Solar Food Dehydrator

Apr 16th, 2012 | By Andrew at Off the Grid News Enjoying fresh food from a healthy source is one of the most enjoyable, and important, aspects of living off the grid. Unfortunately, not every food is in season throughout the year. Of course, there are a variety of solutions for this. Canned foods provide great … Continue reading

A Refrigerator that Runs Without Electricity

by Craig Mackintosh PRI Editor Sometimes there are simple solutions to universal needs that don’t require coal fired electricity, fossil fuels, or even solar panels or wind turbines. Around a third of the world’s population have no access to electricity. If you’re like me, you’ve spent your entire life being able to plug in. Do … Continue reading

Ten Reasons to Become Self-Sufficient and Ten Ways to Get There

Michael Edwards and Jeffrey Green Activist Post We are now three to five generations removed from the rural backbone that strengthened America. The world at large has undergone a similar transformation as the promise of easier work has created a migration to big cities. These mega-cities could be seen as an experiment gone awry, as … Continue reading

4 Best Methods for Off-the-Grid Food Production

A great way to help with your gardening, along with helping reduce unwanted water use, is to use a flow meter.   For most of us, producing all of our own food is just a fantasy. It evokes visions of multiple acres of fertile land, long work days, and expensive machinery. However, none of these … Continue reading

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Goal Zero Yeti 400 Solar Kit

Quiet, portable power for base camp, cabins and unexpected outages. The Goal Zero Yeti 400 Solar Generator allows you to live life off the grid, camp in luxury, or power through an outage without the noise and fumes of traditional back-up generators.

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