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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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Houses Built for Off-Grid Living Include Earthships Built with Hemp, Hay, Rainwater Collection and Passive Solar Heating

Off-grid living can vary widely, but generally embraces a sustainable, autonomous lifestyle including generating your own solar power, rainwater collection, waste removal/sewage solutions (such as a worm farm waste system) and growing indoor aquaponic gardens

Living Off Grid - Houses Built for Off-Grid Living Include Earthships, Hemp and Hay

Living Off Grid – Houses Built for Off-Grid Living Include Earthships, Hemp and Hay

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Adelaide, Australia – Kathy Menzel says she used to be completely oblivious to power bills, “just running along in the hamster wheel like everybody else, you know, busy, busy, busy, spend, spend, spend”. She and her husband Bob, both IT professionals, did have an inkling they wanted something different though, yearning for a serene country lifestyle with no neighbors.

When they finally found their dream block in the Adelaide Hills, reality hit home. “We’d been looking for five years for this great piece of land in the middle of nowhere but still easy to commute to the city,” she says. “But it was going to cost $450,000 to get on to the grid.” The cost of connecting was far more than the $238,000 for the 10 acre block, which was only 1.5km from a main road.

Undeterred, Menzel researched sustainable housing and calculated their energy and water needs. The result was a self-sufficient home they’ve been enjoying for four years now – which cost $150,000 less than the price of connecting to the grid. “It’s completely changed my way of living and my whole understanding of everything to do with energy waste and carbon,” she says of her new minimalist, eco-friendly lifestyle.

These days Menzel is acutely aware of her energy and water consumption. “It’s not an endless resource; someone’s paying for it somewhere, and I mean look at the climate – the Earth is paying for it, isn’t it?”

What are the challenges and perks? “Oh, just perks,” she laughs.

For one reason or another, Australians are increasingly taking up the gauntlet while governments drag their feet on sustainable housing regulations. Even the six-star building standards, for instance, just don’t cut it, says Menzel. “You know, you can put windows wherever you like and you can just run a big great air-conditioning system and pay a fortune.”

They built their home guided by “passive house” principles, achieving a 7.9-star energy rating. With no air-conditioning and a combustion heater for cold winter evenings, she says it never goes below 16C or above 26C inside in a region that dips below zero in winter and can soar over 40C in summer. Two rainwater tanks provide plenty of water, with enough to spare for the South Australian Country Fire Service.

Off-grid living can vary widely, but generally embraces a sustainable, autonomous lifestyle. This includes generating your own power, water, waste removal and sewage solutions (such as a worm farm waste system) and can extend to growing your own food.

Possibly the ultimate answer to sustainable living is the earthship, a passive solar shelter made from recycled tires, plastic and glass bottles and aluminum cans. “You can use other stuff as well,” says expert Martin Freney. “Like you can salvage sheets of metal from car bodies and old fridges and washing machines and use them as roof shingles if you’re really creative.”

Read more at => https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/nov/29/earthships-hemp-and-hay-the-houses-built-for-off-grid-living

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How to Attract Bats for Better Insect Control

Building a Bat House to Attract Bats for Better Insect Control

Off Grid Living - How to Build a Bat House to Attract Bats in Order to Control Bugs and Insects

How to Build a Bat House to Attract Bats in Order to Control Bugs and Insects

How to Attract Bats for Better Insect Control

Most North American bats eat insects and can gobble up over 1,000 mosquitoes per hour. That means an ordinary colony of 75 bats can devour up to 75,000 insects in just 60 minutes — talk about pest control!

Like all creatures, bats seek food, water, and shelter.

If you don’t have a natural water source nearby, install a birdbath or fountain to attract more bats to your backyard.

Plant fragrant flowers, herbs, and night-blooming plants, which will attract nocturnal insects, which, in turn, lure bats.

Off Grid Living - Benefits of Bats - Building Bat Houses to Attract Bats to Control Insects

Off Grid Living – Benefits of Bats – Building Bat Houses to Attract Bats to Control Insects

Build a bat house that is at least 15-ft high and placed in a sunny area.

Read more:
https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/gardening/a20706363/how-to-attract-bats/

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Batteries vs. Blackouts – 1,100 Homes Powered Through Vermont Outage With Storage

Utility Green Mountain Power’s pilot programs paid off with
clean, distributed backup power amid a statewide outage

Living Off Grid - Batteries vs. Blackouts - 1,100 Homes Powered Through Vermont Outage With Storage

Living Off Grid – Batteries vs. Blackouts – 1,100 Homes Powered Through Vermont Outage With Storage

Home batteries proved their resilience value during Vermont’s Halloween blackout.

Vermont – A major rain and wind storm struck the state at the close of October, knocking out power to some 115,000 customers. Among those affected, 1,100 homes managed to keep the lights on thanks to pilot programs specifically designed to promote resilient backup power with energy storage. The battery backup service lasted nine hours on average, but the longest instance stretched to 82 hours.

The event offers a timely data point for other jurisdictions mulling the use of home batteries for resilience. Northern California community power purchasers yesterday requested proposals for home batteries to keep customers powered during the region’s fire-season safety shutoffs. Such a model remains cutting-edge, but Vermont utility Green Mountain Power has shown it can be done effectively.

A couple of years ago, Green Mountain Power launched a Grid Transformation Pilot that allowed homeowners to pay a monthly fee to host a utility-owned and controlled Tesla Powerwall battery. The residents could use it for backup in an outage, and the utility could dispatch the capacity to manage peak demand at other times.

The program previously generated more headlines by saving hundreds of thousands of dollars during annual system peak events than for fulfilling the backup function. In 2018, GMP’s network of batteries reduced consumption during the ISO New England peak hour, saving about $600,000 on capacity fees. This year, a larger number of batteries, totaling 10 megawatts of capacity, responded to a late July peak, saving nearly $900,000 from a single hour of operation.

“We think about our need to deliver reliability constantly,” said Josh Castonguay, the utility’s chief innovation officer. “This has provided us with an amazing tool that can deliver reliability and also pay for itself.”

Those successes made for favorable economics for the utility system as a whole. But the Powerwalls hadn’t had a major opportunity to chance to demonstrate the backup benefit that was promised.

That changed on Halloween.

“We had near-100 mph gusts on top of some of the ridge lines,” Castonguay said. “We had damage across the entire state.”

The 1,100 homes that islanded from the grid accounted for the largest home-battery backup event in the utility’s territory so far, he added.

One reason for that: The utility keeps adding more batteries.

Read more => https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/green-mountain-power-kept-1100-homes-lit-up-during-storm-outage

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How to Make Money with Franchises Targeting Off Grid Doomsday Preppers that Are Stocking Up on Supplies

Some Top Franchises that Target Preppers that Sell
Supplies Needed to Survive in Case Shit Hits the Fan (SHTF)

Living Off Grid - How to Make Money with an Off Grid Franchises Targeting Doomsday Preppers

Living Off Grid – How to Make Money with an Off Grid Franchises Targeting Doomsday Preppers 

What Are Doomsday Preppers?

Denver, Colorado – If you’re not a regular viewer on the Reality Television circuit, you may not know about the television show that’s on the National Geographic Channel called Doomsday Preppers. In its third season, Doomsday Preppers is a television show about preppers and survivalists that are preparing just in case Shit Hits the Fan (SHTF). Here’s how the show is described on the National Geographic website:

“Doomsday Preppers explores the lives of otherwise ordinary Americans who are preparing for the end of the world as we know it. Unique in their beliefs, motivations, and strategies, preppers will go to whatever lengths they can to make sure they are prepared for any of life’s uncertainties.”

Drama aside, being prepared is a way of life for a growing number of people. Some Americans simply want to be prepared for the aftermath of a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy or Katrina. Those events disrupted lives and businesses for weeks, months, in some cases years.

Did you know that there are meetings taking place for preppers all over the United States? Most are likely kept within close circles of family and friends, but some meetings are public. On the Meetup.com website I found many Meetups on topics such as preparedness, prepping, disaster, survival and similar terms. Go ahead and try searching. You may be surprised.

There are literally hundreds if not thousands of websites, blogs, podcasts and YouTube channels on the topic of prepping and survival. Some have large audiences.

Prepper Franchise Opportunities with Mainstream Appeal

Let’s look at franchise opportunities that may take advantage of the prepping trend, yet also have crossover appeal to a mainstream market. There’s also quite a bit of overlap in products when it comes to hikers, campers and hunters. Keep that in mind as part of the potential target market.

I emphasize the crossover appeal when it comes to a prepper franchise, because the potential market will be larger.

Also, unless you are living the prepper lifestyle yourself, you may find it hard to break into a niche market like preppers.

Metal Supermarkets

The Anderson shelter was a popular mini-bomb shelter that was distributed to citizens in the UK during WW2. It’s a well-known fact that The Anderson shelters performed well under blast and ground shock. That’s because they were made with curved and straight galvanized corrugated steel panels – 14 of them actually.

Those wanting to reinforce a basement or building with galvanized corrugated steel panels might turn to a place like the local Metal Supermarkets franchise that makes it easy to buy reinforcing materials.

Batteries Plus

In the event of a natural disaster or something more, it’s a safe bet that electricity will be disrupted, too. It’s a good thing batteries were invented. Long-lasting batteries will be crucial to our comfort, even to our survival.

Just-A-Buck

Preppers are able to stock up on lots of items at the local Just-A-Buck store.

Everything in the store costs a dollar. I purchased toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, razors, candles, lighters, flashlights, and hand-warmers. I also bought dozens of non-perishable food items like crackers, soup, nuts and candy bars, to name just a few.

Just search Google and you will find many articles and YouTube videos on the topic of prepping at a dollar store, such as this one at Apartment Prepper.

Dollar stores are great places to get lots of supplies for not a lot of money. It’s really about volume when one is focused on preparing for a time when stores may no longer be stocked. It has to be.

Gro-O

Most off gridders are going to have to grow some of their own food. Did you know that there’s a franchise that specializes in designing and setting up organic fruit and vegetable raised planter gardens?

Gro-O is the name of the franchise, and they’re big on education. You can attend a garden party at one of their locations where you learn how to set up your organic garden.

Once you’re done learning how to grow your own food in an organic garden, you can go to the Gro-O website and purchase a few GroEasy Redwood Planters. These raised planter boxes are portable and easy to assemble. Bonus: No hardware or tools are needed.

The Beef Jerky Outlet

Beef jerky is one of those food items that has been around since before refrigeration. And it is a food of choice for many preppers and survivalists, as well as campers, hikers and others who spend time outdoors. From YummyJerky.com:

“Generally speaking, commercially produced, vacuum-packed beef jerky has a shelf life of at least one year without refrigeration. Under ideal storage conditions, some varieties of beef jerky can last for two years or more.”

That’s why I paid a visit to The Beef Jerky Outlet, a young franchisor that specializes in tasty, high-quality beef jerky. Whether your local area could sustain a retail outlet specializing mainly in one niche product like beef jerky (and related items) is something to investigate.

These are a handful of the more mainstream franchises available that have overlap with the prepper market.  Do more research at the link below or put Google searches to work!

Read more => https://smallbiztrends.com/2013/12/prepper-franchise.html

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