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Guide to Off Grid Living - Rainwater harvesting isn't exactly new to New Mexico

Guide to Off Grid Living – Rainwater Harvesting Isn’t Exactly New to New Mexico

Harvesting Rain and Meltwater Just Makes Sense in Taos, Mexico

by Jim O’Donnell, Taos News

Taos, New Mexico – For thousands of years the original inhabitants found a wide variety of brilliant ways to put water to work. Much later, Hispanic colonists did the same with the creation of acequia communities, employing an ancient technique that originated in North Africa and is still in use here today.

Guide to Off Grid Living - Rainwater harvesting isn't exactly new to New Mexico

Guide to Off Grid Living – Rainwater harvesting isn’t exactly new to New Mexico

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Taos, New Mexico – Although the methods have changed and technological advancements offer many more options than were available historically, the importance of rainwater harvesting has only increased. With our normally dry environmental conditions, our frequent cycles of drought and the dire predictions of climate scientists, the collection, storing and utilization of rainwater is perhaps more important now than ever.

Longtime Taos-area contractor Charlee Myers says that, in general, groundwater wells across the county are drawing down. There are more people in the area using more water and the meager snowfall of the last decade has done little to replenish the regional aquifers.

Myers is the owner of Mountain Mesa Construction and sits on the Board of Directors for the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA), a national group that advocates for sustainable rainwater harvesting practices and regulations.

“In a lot of our, county wells are simply too expensive to drill. This is especially true west of the gorge,” says Myers whose home water use is 100 percent from rainwater and snowmelt. Myers says that he has not had any outside water augmentation to his system since 2011. Since then his tanks have remained at least 60 percent full. Our most recent snows brought him up to full capacity. “We go through dry periods in Taos and people wonder how harvesting could work. But even in a drought, when it rains it rains a lot. And with the right size tanks you can take advantage of that.”

It may seem odd to some but New Mexico is actually one of the leaders when it comes to rainwater harvesting. For example, Santa Fe County mandates that new developments and large buildings have catchment systems. A number of subdivisions and communities rely almost exclusively on catchment strategies — the Earthship community for example. This year there is a bill before the state legislature that would give tax credits to people who install rainwater harvesting systems.

Read more: https://www.taosnews.com/stories/rainwater-harvesting-catching-life-in-a-barrel,33015

Off Grid Living – Insulating the Roof, Attic, Walls and Foundation for an Off Grid Cabin

How to Insulate the Roof, Attic, Walls and Foundation for an Off Grid Cabin in Cold Weather Environments in the United States

Off Grid Living - How to Insulate the Attic and Walls of an Off Grid Cabin

Off Grid Living – How to Insulate the Attic and Walls of an Off Grid Cabin

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Searching for building ideas on how to insulate a shed, cabin or home for an off grid property in cold environments? Click video to watch numerous photos of insulation design ideas to help you learn different ways to effectively insulated your roof, attic, walls and foundation for sheds, cabins and homes.

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Off Grid Living – Converting a Shed in an Off Grid Home

Off Grid Living – Converting a Shed into an Off Grid Home in the United States

Off Grid Living - Converting a Shed in an Off Grid Home

Off Grid Living – Converting a Shed in an Off Grid Home

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Searching for design ideas on how to convert a shed into a home for an off grid property? Click here to watch this video with numerous shed cabin design ideas to help you start to sketching out on paper the kind of log cabin you would like to build on your off grid property or rural piece of property.

Learn more from our Guide to Off Grid Living located at: https://livingoffgrid.home.blog/guide-to-off-grid-living/

United States – Welcome to the Living Off Grid’s free “Guide of Off Grid Living,” which provide links to tutorials, photos and videos on how to move from an on-grid home connected to basic utilities like electric, gas, water and sewer utilities to an off grid household that utilizes solar power, rainwater harvesting, aquaponic gardens, and raising your own backyard livestock including chickens, ducks, rabbits and other livestock as well as planting wildlife food plots to attract deer, elk, turkeys, quail, dove, pheasants and other wild game that can be hunted legally.

Whether your family lives inside the city limits or in a rural area far from the neon lights of a large metropolitan area, the purpose of this “Guide to Off Grid Living” is to educate anyone that wants to learn how to move their family and household into a self-sustainable lifestyle that supports a full-circle of life so that if “Shit Hits the Fan” and/or there is a national emergency and we lose all electrical power – you will be prepared to live without any connections to local city utility services regardless of where you are located.

Our “Guide to Off Grid Living” nearly 100 in-depth chapters that cover everything you need to Google, research, plan, build and manage an off grid property complete with thousands of photos, video tutorials and research articles that you can utilize to educate yourself and begin your own path of personal exploration to see where you would like to begin and what ultimate goals and objectives you will need to establish your own Off Grid Living Home.

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Off Grid Living Log Cabin Design Ideas

Living Off Grid – Off Grid Living Log Cabin Design Ideas

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Searching for potential log cabin design ideas for an off grid property? Click here to watch video with numerous log cabin design ideas to help you start to sketch out on paper what kind of log cabin you would like to build on your off grid property or rural piece of property.

Learn more from our Guide to Off Grid Living located at: https://livingoffgrid.home.blog/guide-to-off-grid-living/

United States – Welcome to the Living Off Grid’s free “Guide of Off Grid Living,” which provide links to tutorials, photos and videos on how to move from an on-grid home connected to basic utilities like electric, gas, water and sewer utilities to an off grid household that utilizes solar power, rainwater harvesting, aquaponic gardens, and raising your own backyard livestock including chickens, ducks, rabbits and other livestock as well as planting wildlife food plots to attract deer, elk, turkeys, quail, dove, pheasants and other wild game that can be hunted legally.

Whether your family lives inside the city limits or in a rural area far from the neon lights of a large metropolitan area, the purpose of this “Guide to Off Grid Living” is to educate anyone that wants to learn how to move their family and household into a self-sustainable lifestyle that supports a full-circle of life so that if “Shit Hits the Fan” and/or there is a national emergency and we lose all electrical power – you will be prepared to live without any connections to local city utility services regardless of where you are located.

Our “Guide to Off Grid Living” nearly 100 in-depth chapters that cover everything you need to Google, research, plan, build and manage an off grid property complete with thousands of photos, video tutorials and research articles that you can utilize to educate yourself and begin your own path of personal exploration to see where you would like to begin and what ultimate goals and objectives you will need to establish your own Off Grid Living Home.

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Van Life – Talking to Jess Meyrick about Living Off Grid in a Van, Minimalist Living and Travel Blogging 

Can Van Life Be Difficult, Living in Such a Small Space?

Living Off Grid - Van Life - Talking to Jess Meyrick about Living Off Grid in a Van, Minimalist Living and Travel Blogging

Living Off Grid – Van Life – Talking to Jess Meyrick about Living Off Grid in a Van, Minimalist Living and Travel Blogging

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California – From the way she speaks about it, I can tell the van is more than just a means of transportation to Jess, it’s a home. Despite the inevitable lack of space and sometimes messy practicalities, the freedom makes it all worth it.

I discover the van has a full size double bed, wardrobe, seating and kitchen area. Jess and Will have even managed to squeeze in a small shower/tub – and a fridge that pulls out from a drawer under their bed!

“We wanted the ability to live off grid without needing to stay in campsites. The van has solar panels on the roof that generate all the electricity we need for lights, fridge and charging ports.”

When I dare to ask how they dispose of waste on the road, Jess laughs, “without sounding too gross, the worst bit is definitely the bathroom department.”  They decided a ‘porta potty’ was a necessity for the van, especially during the winter in the mountains. But it’s not as messy as you’d think, “we just dispose of the wastewater at campsites or service stations sewage dump locations.”

Living a Minimalist Van Life, Sustainable Lifestyle

Jess concludes that living minimally is more of a state of mind. “We actually travel very lightly in the van – we quickly realized from our first trip how little we use.”

The key is to conserve your resources and live within your means, she says. The couple explain that their 80-litre water tank can last them three days, while still showering and using the water for washing up.

“On average, one person in the UK uses approx. 140 litres of water a day,” Jess tells me, “so what we’ve realized is, it’s not about sacrificing, it’s simply about being considerate.”

Read more => https://www.euronews.com/living/2019/11/15/life-off-grid-in-a-van-we-talk-minimalist-living-with-travel-blogger-jess-meyrick

Off Grid Living - Prepping to Live Off the Grid

Guide to Off Grid Living Launches New https://livingoffgrid.home.blog/ Website to Complement Its Facebook Discussion Groups and Business Pages

The Facebook pages/groups and the off grid website provide info on building off grid homes, producing solar power, growing organic gardens, raising livestock and harvesting rainwater in Arizona, California, New Mexico, New York and Texas

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SACRAMENTO, California – The Guide to Off Grid Living announced today that it has launched a new website to educate people that want to buy a rural piece of property and build an off-grid homestead in Arizona, California, New Mexico, New York or Texas.

“Today’s world is full of high-technology gadgets, computers, cell phones, cloud-based services that are all dependent on electricity, but as more than 2 million people found out in California, that can change instantly overnight and without warning,” said Robert Hoskins, Editor, Guide to Off Grid Living. “Our living off grid guide is written specifically to help beginners learn how to survive as long as the sun is shining and the clouds are raining.”

“Even if you live in a suburban or a downtown urban environment, almost anyone can prepare themselves and their family to live in a world without water, gas or electricity from local utility companies, which might vanish overnight, whether it be just for a couple of days or many months at a time,” Hoskins continued. “On the plus side, imagine what it would be like to live in a home with zero utility or grocery bills.”

The site is located at Living-Off-Grid.com and covers a wide variety of off the grid subject matters, how-to articles, video tutorials and guides for beginners, which provide top tips, tricks and strategies for off grid living and homesteading.

Building an Off Grid Shelter

For shelter, the site provides insightful information that beginners can use to research, plan and build their first off grid home, cabin, shed, tiny home, container house, earthship, steel building, terraced homes, yurts, glamping tents, Indian Tipi, underground bunker or wilderness shelters.

Living Off Grid - How to Turn a Shed into an Off Grid Cabin or Home

Living Off Grid – How to Turn a Shed into an Off Grid Cabin or Home

Installing an Off Grid Renewable Energy Power Source

For energy, the site details how to harness solar, wind and hydro energy to produce solar electricity, solar hot water, passive solar window furnacesolar lighting systems and solar ovens for cooking as well as the best backup generators.

Guide to Off Grid Living - How to Select between Mono-Crystalline vs Polycrystalline Solar Panels

Guide to Off Grid Living – How to Select between Mono-Crystalline vs Polycrystalline Solar Panels

Planting an Off Grid Garden and Raising Livestock

For food, the site details how to plant organic raised-bed gardens to grow vegetables, grain, medicinal herbs; how to build aquaponic gardens/fish farms; and how to raise chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats, bees and other live stock to put food on the table.

Off Grid Living - How to Build a Predator Proof Chicken Coop to Protect Against Foxes, Skunks, Opossums and Raccoons

Off Grid Living – How to Build a Predator Proof Chicken Coop to Protect Against Foxes, Skunks, Opossums and Raccoons

Providing an Off Grid Source for Fresh Water

For water, the site details how to collect water utilizing rainwater harvesting systems using rooftops and collection barrels/cisterns; how to build fresh water ponds for raising fish/aquatic plants; and how to drill your own well if the water table is close to the surface.

Off Grid Living - How to Install Rain Barrel Cisterns to Collect Rainwater and Store It to Provide Water

Off Grid Living – How to Install Rain Barrel Cisterns to Collect Rainwater and Store It to Provide Water

Providing an Heat Source for an Off Grid Home, Cabin or Shed

For heating, the site details how to select wood stoves, micro stoves, stove top blowers, small rocket stoves or large rocket mass heater/masonry stoves and tutorials on selecting the best chainsaws and how to build a firewood shed to keep wood dry.

Living Off Grid - Using an Efficient Wood Stove to Heat an Off Grid Shed, Cabin or Home

Living Off Grid – Using an Efficient Wood Stove to Heat an Off Grid Shed, Cabin or Home

The Best States to Start Living Off the Grid

In addition to its first five business pages on Facebook, https://livingoffgrid.home.blog/   provides information for beginners that want to learn more about what it takes to live off the grid in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming or anywhere in the United States.

Off Grid Living - How to Buy Raw Land Parcels for an Off Grid Homestead

Off Grid Living – How to Buy Raw Land Parcels for an Off Grid Homestead

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Building a Cabin from Light Weight Pallet Wood Is a Cheap Way to Build an Off Grid Homestead

How to Build a Cabin from Light
Weight Pallet Wood Deep in the Woods

We built this cheap off grid cabin using free pallet wood. We saved money building the pallet wood cabin by using recycled pallets. This is a great off grid wilderness project as pallet wood is light and easy to carry into the forest. It is also easy to work with using hand tools.

Many people do not have the space, time or money to build a log cabin. But building a tiny home off grid is still achievable using cheap or even free materials, and that is where pallet wood works so well.

Although only small, this one man cabin has a raised bed, folding table, bookshelf and chair – all made from pallet wood.

This small hut in the woods has no electricity or power, but that isn’t needed. To begin with, we started to break the pallets down into useable timber to build the foundations and the frame of the cabin.

For the roof we used recycled tin from an old barn roof. We then used an old garden shed window and fit this to the western wall of the cabin.

Once the framework and structure of the cabin was complete, we began to some pallet wood projects and focused on building furniture for the inside of the cabin. We cooked our food over fire using a tripod lashed together bushcraft style until we installed a wood stove.

Then we used cast iron cooking gear and the oven to cook up bigger meals. We learned many building skills on this project and it was great to build with hand tools. The pallet cabin still stands to this day, and we use it as a bushcraft camp to practice wilderness survival skills, primitive technology and as a base camp to create more off grid films for you guys.

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