Vince Edwards is an off-gridder who’s creating a model for a network of self-sustaining communities. He’s got 20 acres in Colorado and has written a book about it called, I’m Leaving Civilization: Wanna Come with Me? 110 pages, Kindle ebook for $9.99 at Amazon.com. Not surprisingly he’s come under attack by local authorities for his outspoken opinion on excessive building codes and regulations. He’s currently running for local sheriff to turn this situation around.
Magical 4 Season Off-Grid Tipi – A Tiny House Alternative
This “tiny house” tipi is completely off the grid with solar power, wood heat, a very special shower for hot water, and propane for cooking.
Homemade Tractor Driven AC Generator
This tractor driven generator can run off of an old diesel powered tractor. This type of generator is less expensive than a big standalone diesel generator, and does not require storing gasoline. It’s easier and cheaper to store diesel. Thanks to Mike Adams, a survival expert in Texas, for this tip.
Geothermal Greenhouse: It REALLY Worked!
“This geothermal greenhouse design worked perfectly through our negative 17 degree winter weather here in SE Idaho. I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. It is affordable and it works. Two things that I love when they come together.”
Areas With Few or No Codes: Ozark Plateau
We’ve had a lively discussion for years here on our Natural Building Blog about the best places to live with few or no building codes that make it easy to build a home out of low cost natural materials and create a homestead. In my opinion the Ozarks is a top choice for natural building and homesteading in the US due to many factors.
11 Years Living Off-Grid
“Hélène Dubé and her partner Alain Neveu from Es-Cargo http://www.es-cargo.qc.ca/ have lived off-grid in Quebec, Canada for 11 years in a self-built earthship style home made of recycled tires filled with earth and large south-facing windows.” Note: I recommend using earthbags similar to what Jake and others who are building ‘earthbag earthships’. https://naturalbuildingblog.com/jake-vs-earthship-part-8/