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Solar Water Heating Off the Grid

Solar electric systems are getting a lot of exposure these days, capturing media and public attention with massive utility-scale photovoltaic arrays covering acres, entire commercial rooftops covered with solar modules …

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Wood-Burning Cook Stoves: How and Why

The sound of wood cracking against an ax, the hollow thuds of the blocks hitting the ground, the popping and hissing of evaporating moisture as the fire begins in the …

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New Off-Grid Battery Technology

By Dan Fink, Colorado The new Tesla Energy Powerwall home battery storage system made quite the media splash when Elon Musk officially launched the product on April 30, 2015. The news media worldwide raved …

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What to Cook in a Solar Oven
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Several years ago, we added a solar cooker to our homestead tools. We have long, hot summers and cook from scratch every day, which was taxing our air conditioning unit …

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Owning A Wood-Fueled Cookstove

By Sue Robishaw Steve and I knew we wanted a wood-fueled cookstove when planning our homestead so many years ago, it was in the drawings from the start. I grew …

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How To Clean a Chimney
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Learning how to clean a chimney is one of those skills every homesteader should know. It’s not the most glamorous thing to do, but it’s exceptionally important. Even if you’d …

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The Best Wood-Burning Stoves for Off-Grid Living
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Picking the best wood burning stoves for your homestead is a personal affair. Factors including your budget, your intended use, and personal preferences will largely dictate what stove you choose. …

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Surviving Weather-Related Power Cuts and Outages
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

It’s all fun and games until it’s lights out. But a little preparation can help you survive power cuts and outages. Losing power during summer is hot, sweaty, and miserable. You …

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4 Homestead Kitchen Tips for the Visually Impaired

By Jackie Waters – My husband’s sister, who has been visually impaired since childhood, recently came to live with us. While we were excited to welcome her, we knew our …

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8 Laws an Urban Homesteader Must Know
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Today’s urban homesteader can’t just raise food with wild abandon. Not if they want to coexist with neighbors. Being a successful urban homesteader involves researching laws first; it’s a lot …

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The Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

By Tom and JoAnne O’Toole – Knowing the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can make the difference between life and death for you or your family. With more people wanting to …

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Water on the Homestead: Is Filtering Well Water Necessary?
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Many homesteads have wells drilled for their water source. But is filtering well water necessary? There are, as usual, different thoughts on the subject. I grew up on artesian well …

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A Day in My Life in an Off-The-Grid Home
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Are you thinking of moving to an off-the-grid home? Ever wonder what it would be like to live off grid? Come spend the day with me. Hopefully, you’ll get be …

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Growing Seedlings Indoors Without Power
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Not only is this my first gardening season in a new growing zone, it’s my first season to be growing seedlings indoors without a power source. Living off the grid …

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How to Clean Creosote From a Wood Stove
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

In our home, knowing how to clean creosote from the stove pipe chimney is a job best handled by my wonderful husband. Although I do try to give a helping …

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