Off grid living is a choice for more people. Some says it is for the crises, but mostly it is actually being tired of this modern life style with bills and stress that comes with it. But the most important reasons are that more people are looking to reduce their footprints in the environment, assert their independence from the existing system and avoid reliance on fossil fuels. How does this lifestyle work?
House going of the grid: water, electricity, phone line ecc are normally connected to a municipal or national system. Some houses decides to provide themselves with own electricity with renewable solutions (solar, air, heat pump) and in water rich areas also dig their own water supply, where also renewable sources supply water heating. Some even build their own sewage system. In some countries you can also become tax free by building your house on wheels. To reduce construction costs some make their own construction materails from recycable materials or use local materials.
Two types of Off Grid homes
(Photo: 1st: treehugger.com, 2nd: pg.webring.com)
Foods: many people also produce their own foods having a farm with food produce and animals. Some also rent a part of their land for others who likes to produce their foods but do not have land, and pays rent with foods to the land owner. By collecting rain water in sustainable water basins brings enough water to the crops all year around. Some adjust their lives to eat by seasons and/or eat only what the geographical area gives.
Recycling: many houses has their own compost system. Some houses recycle waste and brings them or sells them to ecological systems. There are people making themselves a living only by collecting waste and selling them to recycling centers.
Home water collector and home made green house
(Photo 1st: unknown, 2nd: blog.ellams.com)
For some off grid living means to be with out recidence and travels as tourists. Some countries asks only to exit the country for some days to get at new permission to stay in the country for a longer time.
In all ways Off Grid Living means to be autonomous or self -sufficient…more or less…
My name is Johanna and I’m the author for this site. Here I want to share some benefits of using olive oil in daily health and as a beauty product.
I use Olive Oil for:
– facial moisturiser, day and night
– make up remover with cotton pads (works great on mascara)
– facial cleaning
– body lotion
– irritated parts on body that appears especially when the weather changes
– healed my dry feets
– healed somekind of allergy I got on feets and hands
– less wrinkles in face, e.g “chicken feets” by the eyes are much smaller
– red dots on arms and legs dissapeared
– hands looks more “alive”
– save money
– skin has much better health and aging signs are much less
It is the only “cream” I have. It is natural and a bottle lasts one year. For body cream I use it immediately after the shower when the skins pores are open and it feels less sticky. Or mix the oil with almonds.
I have a bottle in the bathroom and a smaller one by the bed for the feets before going to sleep.
Energy efficient building solutions is a fast growing sector and new technology comes up every day. The standards varies from different areas, e.g. the german building standard can not be used to south italian building standards, because in Germany the standard has to fight cold temperatures, while in south Italy the standard has to fight warm temperatures. There are different solutions that may confuse the buyer, but all can be used in any region and here we shortly explain four of them:
Low Energy House is a building standard where design, material and technology is used to lower energy consumption and uses less energy from one or several sources. The standard varies but in Europe it refers to a house that uses half of the German or Swiss low-energy standards referred to below for space heating, normally in the range from 30 kWh/m²a to 20 kWh/m²a = 9,500 Btu/ft²/yr to 6,300 Btu/ft²/yr. Low-energy buildings typically use high levels of insulation, energy efficient windows, low levels of air infiltration and heat recovery ventilation to lower heating and cooling energy.
Passive House is a standard for energy efficient building, reducing ecological impact. It results in very low energy builiding that require little energy for space heating or cooling. This standard is not limited to only residental building, it is also well adapted in construction of public buildings, business facilities, schools, supermarkets to name few. The passive house standard is well developed in German speaking countries and Scandinavia. The Passive House standard is actually developed by a swedish and german collaboration.
The Passivhouse standard for central Europe requires that the building fulfills the following requirements:
- The building must be designed to have an annual heating demand as calculated with the Passivhaus Planning Package of not more than 15 kwh/m² per year = 4746 btu/ft² per year, in heating and 15 kwh/m² per year cooling energy OR to be designed with a peak heat load of 10W/m²
- Total energy source for electricity and etc., primary energy for heating, hot water and electricity must not be more than 120 kWh/m² per year = 3.79 × 104 btu/ft² per year.
- The building must not leak more air than 0.6 times the house volume per hour = n50 ≤ 0.6 / hour at 50 Pa (N/m²) as tested
A building based on the passive house concept in Darmstadt, Germany (photo: Wikipedia)
Zero Energy House is just what the name inteds, a building with zero net energy consumption and zero carbon emissions. Depending of country and technology the house use the electrical grid for energy storage but some are independent of grid. This standard offers several options for producing and conserving energy and many ways of measuring energy.
Example of Zero Energy House (Photo: zokazola.com – Stefan Behling)
Energy Plus House is the latest in energy efficient building (2013-09-28) and is a house that produces more energy from renewable energy sources than it consumes over an year. The house is a combination of microgeneration technology and low energy building technologies. This standard can be adapted to any kinds of construction as homes, offices, schools to name few…
Prototype of Zero Energy structure in Germany (photo: Wikipedia)
Numbers and some definition sources: Wikipedia
This dish is typical sicilian, super easy and very good.
– Boiled potatoes: cut them in cubes before boiling, then they are ready faster
– Boiled or steamed fresh beans
– But beans and potatoes in a pan or other suitable container, let them cool down. Add olive oil, vinegar, black pepper and chilli. Stir and serve.
Dish is best eaten room temperature or cold.
The Cactus Fruit (also called pricky pear, fichi d’india) is an amazing fruit, but has sticks that makes many avoid to eat the fruit. When you harvest the fruit, use industrial gloves and then brush the fruit with a thick brush to get rid of the sticks. Then it is time to peel the fruit:
1 & 2) Cut both ends
3) Cut a notch over the fruits long side
4) And then just roll out the fruit. The skin is thick and very easy to remove
Biodiesel is considered as an environmental friendly fuel. Biodiesel is made of vegetable oil, waste cooking oil/restaurant greeze, animal oils and fats and tallow. Best sources are rapeseed, soybean and palm oil, but most biodiesel is produced from waste vegetable oils. The agricultural produced oil is under development because the process is still expensive.
The benefits of biodiesel is that it does not release any carbon dioxide, it is biodegradable, clean-burning and non-toxic. Biodiesel has better lubricating properties and much higher cetane ratings (measurment of quality), than classical diesel.
Biodiesel is mostly used in standard diesel engines and is thus distinct from the vegetable and waste oils used to fuel converted diesel engines. Biodiesel can be used alone or blended with petrodiesel. Can be used by vechicles, trains, aircraft, heating oil, clean oil spills and in generators. Biodiesel is a great solution to reduce petroleum dependence and improve the environment.
The technology is not new as transesterification of a vegetable oil was conducted as early as 1853 by Patrick Duffy.
Fruit seeds are harmless when eaten in moderate quantities. Myths like apple seeds contains small amounts of cyanide and grape seeds grow vines in your stomach are not true, also because you already eat seeds without thinking of it, like strawberry seeds to name one.
Many fruit seeds contains high amounts of fibers, antioxidants and vitamins, including B-17 and many have anti-cancer properties. Some unripe fruits seeds can cause unpleasent stomach effects.
Examples of nutrient seeds are:
Apple Seeds…rich in vitamins, minerals,phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and sulfur. Treat acne, psoriasis and other skin issues. Dietary fiber to lower blood cholesterol levels.
Grapes seeds…popular to use in beauty products because it works againts acne and moisturizes the skin. Great to use grapes seeds in scrubs, makes skin soft and shiny. Contains vitamins A, E and C.
Watermelon seeds…rich in natural fats, proteins and 8 amino acids. Contains vitamins, minerals, riboflavin, niacin, foliate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. Chew them before swallowing, then you do not loose the nutrients.
Avocado…high in potassium and antioxidants, one of the best sources of fiber.
Blackberry…good source of omega-3 oils, protein, fiber and antioxidants.
Kiwi…vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids.