“This particular solar kiln is the brainchild of Virginia Tech and the plans are available for free online.
“A summary after 3 years of living off the grid. The Pros. The Cons. What I miss the most. Would I ever go back on the grid?
“American’s have become accustomed to what is considered essential for a good quality of life. Running water, electricity, central heat and air, a spacious home with a fully stocked pantry and at least two cars in the garage is considered ideal. So why would three families decide to turn their backs on modern conveniences to live off the grid?
“I traveled around America meeting these extraordinary people and writing about their lives. Above all I wanted to find out WHY they live off the grid. This film includes interviews with some of the characters (including author Carolyn Chute) from my book – OFF THE GRID – INSIDE THE MOVEMENT FOR MORE SPACE, LESS GOVERNMENT, AND TRUE INDEPENDENCE IN MODERN AMERICA (Penguin, August 2010).”
“In the wake of both personal and national tragedy, I decided it was time to follow Thoreau’s dictum and simplify. Clearly, my life of quiet desperation had to change. As I sifted through the complexities of my daily routine, I noticed a recurring problem—my struggles to house myself.
How would you like to chat with off-grid expert Nick Rosen? Well, this Coast to Coast interview is the next best thing to talking to him personally. This interview triggered ideas for about half a dozen future blog posts.