Off the Grid

Inside the Movement for More Space, Less Government, and True Independence in Modern America

Author: Nick Rosen

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101456396

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Inside the subculture of off-grid living Written by a leading authority on living off the grid, this is a fascinating and timely look at one of the fastest growing movements in America. In researching the stories that would become Off the Grid, Nick Rosen traveled from one end of the United States to the other, spending time with all kinds of individuals and families striving to live their lives the way they want to-free from dependence on municipal power and amenities, and free from the inherent dependence on the government and its far-reaching arms. While the people profiled may not have a lot in common in terms of their daily lives or their personal background, what they do share is an understanding of how unique their lives are, and how much effort and determination is required to maintain the lifestyle in the face of modern America's push toward connectivity and development.

Living Off the Grid

A Simple Guide to Creating and Maintaining a Self-Reliant Supply of Energy, Water, Shelter, and More

Author: David Black

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1602393168

Category: House & Home

Page: 288

View: 5682


This clever how-to handbook is the first step to living off the grid.

How to Live Off-Grid

Author: Nick Rosen

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446463885

Category: Political Science

Page: 368

View: 4899


Off-grid: a place, building or person without mains water or power. Static or mobile - in a house or a hut, a boat or a camper van - to live off-grid is all about loosending the ties that bind us to teh fmailiar world of commuting, mortgages, no time and fast food, in order to rediscover our place in the natural world. Complete with camper van, Nick sets off around the UK to find off-grid heaven and meet people who are living the dream. Along the way he runs into backpackers and businessmen, radical hermits and right-wing survivalists - and plenty of ordinary working-parent families too. Sincere but irreverent, this is Nick's guide to avoiding pitfalls, to finding solutions (and some brilliant gadgets) as he strives to perfect the skills of this practical, freewheeling kind of self-sufficiency. 'Timely and highly readable' Sunday Telegraph ' Nick Rosen has caught the zeitgeist.' The Times

Off the Grid Living - Survival and Prepping Guide

Author: M. Naveed,John Davidson

Publisher: Mendon Cottage Books

ISBN: 1310791228

Category: Reference

Page: 39

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Off the Grid Living - Survival and Prepping Guide Table of Contents Introduction: Considerations Before Getting into Off the Grid Living: You Should Have a Conservation Mind-Set: Energy Conservation: Selection of an Appropriate Site and Location Along With Proper Design and Building Specification: Generation of Your Own Source of Power: Availability of Water Resource: Waste Management: What is Off the Grid Living? Alternative Energy Sources: Solar Energy Resources: a) The Mechanism of Solar Power: b) Installation of Solar Panels and Power Generation Equipment: Wind Energy: a) The Turbines: b) The Towers: c) Mechanism of the Wind Power Generator: The Hybrid System: Water and Sewer Off Grid: Using Your Own Produce and Resources: Augmenting Home Energy: Use of Propane Gas: Tankless Water Heaters: Solar Water Heater: Power Generators: Fire Places and Wood Burning Stoves: Building Techniques for Cooling and Warming of House: How to Do Financial and Cash Management Factor into This? Conclusion: Author Bio Publisher Introduction: People at large are fed up with the water, gas, electricity, sewer and many other bills that knock on their doors month after month without any break or relief. Everyone wants to get rid of such a lifestyle where you are dependent on these artificial things to survive. In many instances, people become so addicted and dependent on them that it becomes difficult and sometimes even impossible to survive without them. People spend all their lives working hard to earn a decent living and income, but the utility bills drain most of these hard earned funds. What if there was a way they could get out of this routine of bill payments and frustration. Going “Off the Grid” is the answer to such problems. All you have to do is produce your own resources and energy. This is why more and more people are turning towards this greener and environment-friendly way of living. The phenomenon of living with less is something that is everyone seeks. The idea of living with less has been described by Thoreau in Walden. Human lives have become very artificial and technical. There are a number of manmade technologies that we are now dependent upon. In many cases, our survival has become impossible without the presence of these human technologies. Our lives have become robotic like science fiction movies. There is a gadget for every activity and function. There are times in everyone’s lives where we want to have a reprieve from these gadgets and technological wonders. This is when people rush towards the great wilderness and outdoors where the living is still natural and untouched by human evolution. You do not rely on utility services and manmade resources out in nature. There are many people in the world who want adopt this way of living in the natural habitat for their entire lives. They want to abandon the urban lifestyle and artificial way of living and move to the wilderness to have a close encounter with the natural resources and habitats of the world. As per the statistics of various official sources, in the United States alone, more than 200,000 people are adopting this way of living in natural conditions. It is also known as “Off the Grid Living” lifestyle. They have said goodbye and farewell to community municipal services and have decided to face the challenges that are accompanied from this freedom from various types of utility services.

Off the Grid

Modern Homes + Alternative Energy

Author: Lori Ryker

Publisher: Gibbs Smith

ISBN: 9781586855161

Category: Architecture

Page: 160

View: 2537


Off the Grid confronts the ecological and cultural problems associated with the way we get and use energy, and explains how it is possible to live in a beautifully designed home using much less--no matter where your home is located. Our homes are connected by a nearly invisible grid of infrastructure that binds us together. It is a system of electrical poles, wire, substations, hydroelectric dams, telecommunication towers, and water extraction and sewage systems. From within this system we work, play, and raise families. We have also created one of the greatest environmental challenges known to modern civilization. The signs of our impact upon the world can be recognized in the reports of environmental changes occurring across the earth, and they can also be seen in the growing failures of the energy grids across the world as the current system is stressed beyond its capacity. Technologies that can be used to live off the grid (geothermal energy use, wind turbines, photovoltaic arrays, micro hydropower, rainwater collection and reclamation, and more) are explained as author Lori Ryker shows how to choose and incorporate these sources according to geography and climate. Off the Grid beautifully illustrates that this is not just a concept for rural living; examples of homes that are "off the grid" to varying degrees are found in New York City; Ontario, Canada; Stuttgart, Germany; Belmont, California; Pipe Creek, Texas; Clyde Park, Montana; Twin Lakes, Minnesota; Laytonville, California; Venice, California; and New South Wales, Australia. Off the Grid shows how we can take responsibility for our future choices and conveniences now, and proves that off-the-grid living is a concept that can be easily understood and adopted by everyone, regardless of where you live or how much money you make. Lori Ryker grew up in Texas and has lived and worked in a variety of locations, including Boston, New York City, Portland, and Basel, Switzerland. She now resides in Livingston, Montana, where she teaches in the School of Architecture at Montana State University and is a partner, along with Brett W. Nave, of Ryker/Nave Design. Their work has been published in The House You Build, and Western Interiors and Design. Ryker holds a MArch from Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Ph.D. from Texas A & M University. She is the author of Mockbee Coker: Thought and Process.

The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination

Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius

Author: John Joseph Adams

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 1429988452

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 4669


From Victor Frankenstein to Lex Luthor, from Dr. Moreau to Dr. Doom, readers have long been fascinated by insane plans for world domination and the madmen who devise them. Typically, we see these villains through the eyes of good guys. This anthology, however, explores the world of mad scientists and evil geniuses—from their own wonderfully twisted point of view. An all-star roster of bestselling authors—including Diana Gabaldon, Daniel Wilson, Austin Grossman, Naomi Novik, and Seanan McGuire...twenty-two great storytellers all told—have produced a fabulous assortment of stories guaranteed to provide readers with hour after hour of high-octane entertainment born of the most megalomaniacal mayhem imaginable. Everybody loves villains. They're bad; they always stir the pot; they're much more fun than the good guys, even if we want to see the good guys win. Their fiendish schemes, maniacal laughter, and limitless ambition are legendary, but what lies behind those crazy eyes and wicked grins? How—and why—do they commit these nefarious deeds? And why are they so set on taking over the world? If you've ever asked yourself any of these questions, you're in luck: It's finally time for the madmen's side of the story. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

PLENZES - Augmented Reality Augmented Insanity

Author: Chris Lang

Publisher: Chris Lang



Page: 52

View: 7286


The Company almost owns your very soul it seems as the drones watch your every move, while you struggle to keep your family’s lights and water on, meanwhile watching the price of the power rise bill to bill. It’s a dark world only 10 years in the future. This is the world Stuart Pauls sees predicted by his machines, sees in his PLENZES. Stuart’s machines tell him he is the programmer with the ultimate solution that can stave off this bleak decade only he can imagine. As 2014 comes to an end, Stuart is locked in a race with the big five of computing, struggling to be the one to deliver the first augmented reality contact lens. He begins to fold under the pressure, the endless coding and his never ending failures as the lenses─dubbed PLENZES─begin to take shape and functionality. Stuart slowly succumbs to the paranoia, desperation and maybe a little too much time alone with his software, his machines and his wife. Soon, Googling for information is to be a thing of the past. Much like books and email, Google will fade, a thing only old people still use. Your PLENZES tell you what you need to know before you need to know it. Or so Stuart’s machines tell him... The PLENZES’ augmented reality is a live, direct yet indirect, view of your now virtual environment. Your PLENZES provide you with real time alerts to danger, fun, sex, excitement, breaking information your career can’t do with out and for Stuart and his wife at times, it’s too good to be true. The years go by and Stuart and his wife become less and less a part of this world and more and more a part of the PLENZE network. They both begin to wonder; are the PLENZES the way to freedom in the dystopian future his software predicts? Or is Stuart being manipulated by an outside force and the cause of all this to come? PLENZES – Augmented Reality Augmented Insanity is a novella about our fascination with technology, our dependence on answers provided by machines, the terror and the hope that comes in a unique look into a place not too far from this world, from this time and from Stuart Pauls.

International Investment and Climate Change

Energy Technologies for Developing Countries

Author: Tim Forsyth

Publisher: Earthscan

ISBN: 9781853836220

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 266

View: 576


Tim Forsyth provides a groundbreaking study into the role of international investment in energy technologies to combat climate change. He focuses on developing country requirements in Southeast Asia, explaining how privatization, international investment, and rural electrification can be integrated to maximize environmental policy and benefit investors.Forsyth examines the main barriers to private-sector investment and identifies the incentives and regulatory structures needed to accelerate investment without damaging local competitiveness. He shows that "technology transfer" is fundamentally a question of ownership of investment and describes the enormous potential in developing economies for local-level investment and public/private partnerships in environmental policy.The book will be necessary reading for those concerned with global environmental politics and climate change negotiations, as well as with the implications for business and investment in technology transfer and energy technologies. Tim Forsyth is a fellow in Environment and Development at the Institute of Development Studies, Falmer, Sussex, UK.Not available through Brookings in the UK and Europe

Sacred Coffee: A "Homesteader's" Paradigm

Author: Mark A. Zeiger

Publisher: Yeldagalga Publications LLC

ISBN: 1612240054

Category: Alaska

Page: 178

View: 395


Sacred Coffee: A "Homesteader's" Paradigm is a collection of essays from the Zeiger Family Homestead blog that focus on the family's paradigm-the philosophies and attitudes that led them to pursue their lifestyle. Through story telling, humor, and reflection, Mark A. Zeiger reveals the thoughts, ideals, beliefs, and practices that guide their "deliberate living" on their off-the-grid small holding. Essays encompass attitude, simple living, attuning to nature, frugality, family life, and resource conservation.

Off the Grid

Re-Assembling Domestic Life

Author: Phillip Vannini,Jonathan Taggart

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113501048X

Category: Social Science

Page: 234

View: 8001


Off-grid isn’t a state of mind. It isn’t about someone being out of touch, about a place that is hard to get to, or about a weekend spent offline. Off-grid is the property of a building (generally a home but sometimes even a whole town) that is disconnected from the electricity and the natural gas grid. To live off-grid, therefore, means having to radically re-invent domestic life as we know it, and this is what this book is about: individuals and families who have chosen to live in that dramatically innovative, but also quite old, way of life. This ethnography explores the day-to-day lives of people in each of Canada’s provinces and territories living off the grid. Vannini and Taggart demonstrate how a variety of people, all with different environmental constraints, live away from contemporary civilization. The authors also raise important questions about our social future and whether off-grid living creates an environmentally and culturally sustainable lifestyle practice. These homes are experimental labs for our collective future, an intimate look into unusual contemporary domestic lives, and a call to the rest of us leading ordinary lives to examine what we take for granted. This book is ideal for courses on the environment and sustainability as well as introduction to sociology and introduction to cultural anthropology courses.