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How to Wash Laundry Post-Disaster

By Daniel Valles After any disaster the need for clean clothing is always present. This tutorial is designed to show you the concepts and thoughts to have in mind when washing laundry in a not-so-normal situation. Some likely disaster or situation assumptions: Electrical power is out or very unreliable for washing appliances. Regular water supply … 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

Learn to Identify 23 Wild Edibles

By the time you’re done watching these videos, you’ll be able to identify a bunch of edible plants, no matter where you live.  Sergei Boutenko also talks about the health benefits and other uses of the wild plants covered. And it’s not just good to be familiar with wild edibles for survival, but it can … 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.