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Updates On The Off Grid Homestead

After a few days of working on the pulse motor/battery desulfator I give you an update on things at the off grid homestead. It is a beautiful warm, sunny day and the solar power battery banks are topping off nicely.   I was able to walk around in a T-shirt because the sun was

Counting Amps & Watts In My Off Grid Solar Powered Home

Living off the grid – with no outside source of electricity – means that you may need to count amps and watts. When solar or wind energy is your only source of electricity then you must watch your energy consumption every day to ensure that you do not drain the battery bank. R

Got running water in my off grid trailer

2012-05-01   I finally got running water in my off grid camper. It may be something you never think about and take for granted on a daily basis, but go without it for a while and you really learn to appreciate the nice comforts of modern living.The trailer has a 4

Should You Choose Solar Or Wind Energy – or both?

There is a lot of talk on the net about either solar energy or wind energy. Many homes decide to use one or the other. Most choose solar energy for their home. But have you ever considered using both? If they could both be installed affordably, for the average family, then why not? Here are some

Going Solar – Gutting out the electrical junk from my off grid trailer

April 26th, 2012   I have been converting my off grid trailer to solar for the last few months now. The last step in the process was to remove that old, bulky power converter and the 115 volt power cable that was normally used to plug into the grid at campgrounds

Fully Off Grid On Earth Day 2012

April 22nd, 2012   I guess I did my part on Earth Day 2012 by staying out in the Off Grid Trailer. I have no connections to any utilities. Everything is fully off the grid. I must provide my own water, heat, electricity and waste management. Using the old

Living In The Off Grid Camper

April 21st, 2012   I am staying in the Off Grid Camper full time now. I am still improving the trailer every day, making it comfortable for long term living. There are a lot of life changes to be made when moving off the grid, but it is a satisfying feeling when

The Off Grid Project – Get Your Home Off The Grid

April 10th, 2012   The Off Grid Project has begun. I am staying in a 32 foot trailer while working on projects to make life more comfortable, such as solar and wind energy, running water and heat. I will be staying in the trailer for the whole summer season, unti

Started The Off Grid Project – Get off the grid cheap

March 29th, 2012   I just got The Off Grid project started tonight. The countdown is ticking. On May 1st, the Off Grid Project experiments will begin. In early Fall the project will be completed. The final goal of the project is to show you how to get your home f

Status Of Off Grid Homestead After Winter Trip

We left our off grid homestead for a few days just after the first of January. Leaving your home in winter is always worrisome but when off the grid you have a lot more to take care of before you leave. And you never know what you will find when you return.   January is cold

Updates on the DIY radiator heating system for my off grid trailer

February 22nd, 2012   The new homemade radiator heater system for my off grid trailer is working quite well. It takes the temperature up to the 70s within half an hour now with the water pump and fans running and good fire burning in the fireplace. There is a blo

Using My Homemade Off Grid Camper Wood Boiler Heating System

Well, the trial run of my off grid camper heating system was a success. Using an antique wood stove with built in boiler and some cheap fittings and parts, I have a fully functional wood powered boiler heating system. It is a completely off grid construction using salvaged or inexpensive parts.

Added Homemade Wood Stove Water Boiler Heating System To The Off Grid Camper

February 2nd, 2012   Today I completed my fireplace water boiler heating system for the off grid camper. The wood stove heats up water, which is routed through PEX tubing to a car heater core. A homemade heater blower box pushes heat through the camper. B

A night in my off grid camper during a snow storm

January 23rd, 2012   A friend and I spent a couple days in my off grid camper during a heavy snow storm this weekend. Saturday night was also one of the coldest nights we have had so far this winter. It was a true test of the off grid camper’s abilities.

Setting up free homemade camper skirting and passive solar floor heating

January 20th, 2012   I have been working on my camper skirting using free materials I found laying around. I also made some free passive solar heaters under the camper using salvaged materials. Total cost for camper insulation and heating – $0. &nbs
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