Jumping Out of the System

“Greenpa” over at Little Blog In The Woods has lived off-grid for over 30 years now. He posted news about his homestead, called the Little House, including the following update:

“. . .the Little House has been approached by Nick Rosen; author of How to Live Off-Grid, for us to be one of the families he’ll cover in his new book on going off-grid in the USA (first book is UK). You can find out more about him, and find lots of off-grid discussion at his website: off-grid.net.”

“Part of his new book, though, is that he’s trying to pair up the families he covers; he wants one “old-timer”, and one “newbie” for each region; so he can match up expectations and realities. Sounds good to me.”

In the U.S., quite a few of us look forward to establishing a rural homestead for peace and quiet in a chosen lifestyle. But for many people in the world, poverty makes access to the grid’s conveniences impossible. Don’t fret over the lack of fairness, our national financial collapse may make the transition to off-grid systems here an urgent necessity sooner than we think.

Fortunately, we may benefit from research reported in the Irish Times promising electricity from dirt, designed to bring some power to remote villages in Africa.

“It sounds too good to be true, but a group of Harvard students have got together to make it happen and they already have working prototypes.”

The article describes the soil powered fuel cell in operation, announces where the technology was first unveiled, and points to the researchers’ web site, Lebone Solutions, for technical details.

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