renewable-energy

A Guide to the Best Trees for Firewood
May 2, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites All of us who live off of renewable energy have to know what are the best trees for firewood. After all, if you’re going to put in …

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Solar Gadgets on the Homestead

Add to Favorites By Alexis Griffee Often times, solar power is viewed as a desired, yet unaffordable option to the farmer and homesteader. While a full solar system may not be …

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Remembering the Heroes of the Homestead

Add to Favorites By Anita B. Stone, The Homesteader’s Bits and Pieces If given a choice of lifestyles, homesteading would be my number one pick because there is a self-sufficiency …

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Off-Grid Refrigeration

Add to Favorites By Dan Fink When buying appliances for a new home or a remodel, most people cruise the big box store looking for the right combination of features, …

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Water Systems For Off-Grid Living

Add to Favorites By Dan Fink A steady supply of drinkable water is the single most important factor in deciding where to settle down and live. It has shaped humankind’s …

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A Primer About Solar Electric

Add to Favorites By Dan Fink, Colorado Back when I was a young teenager, I saw something that changed my life forever — a solar electric panel. My parents had just bought remote, …

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New Off-Grid Battery Technology

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Wind Energy Facts: Is Wind Power For You?

Add to Favorites By Dan Fink – My interest in wind energy facts started with a particularly brutal winter up here off-grid in the Colorado mountains at 8,200 feet elevation. It …

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Solar Energy Efficiency Offers Better Power
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites In America, the ever fragile electrical grid has caused more people to consider alternative power sources. Solar energy efficiency has made powerful strides in the effectiveness of …

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Determining The Best Renewable Energy Source For Your Homestead
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Living off-grid with the best renewable energy source has benefits and rewards. The most obvious is the saving of money on monthly power bills. Setting up your …

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Wind Energy Pros and Cons You May Not Know
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Just as with any power source, there are wind energy pros and cons. The growing consumption and steady increase in cost of non-renewable energy sources have driven …

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How Does Wind Energy Work?
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Wind power is the invisible force able to save you money. But how does wind energy work? Wind power is one of the oldest forms of energy …

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The Best Way to Split Wood Efficiently
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites My husband has designed his own firewood chopping block for the best way to split wood efficiently for us. If you split firewood, then you know the …

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Off-Grid Battery Banks: The Heart of the System

Add to Favorites By Dan Fink – Anyone who owns a vehicle likely already has a love-hate relationship with the starting battery inside. It’s heavy, dirty, expensive, dangerous, and always seems …

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The Fall and Resurrection of Hemp Plants

Add to Favorites By Karin Deneke, Colorado A common crop George Washington raised during the 1760s on his farms in Virginia was declared illegal in the 1930s. Also known as …

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