Advancements in micro-energy production mean that by using one or more of the methods listed in this piece, providing energy for a modern home has never been more achievable. A part of this will involve coupling your own energy production with energy efficient ways of heating your home.
Yet living off the grid requires more than simply providing your own energy. To really embrace off-the-grid living you will need to find your own water supply and produce and store as much food as possible.
Unless you’re planning to be a subsistence farmer, you may want to try using a greenhouse. Greenhouses are an excellent way to produce much needed food all year round. However, growing food is only half the battle. You will also need to store it ready for times of need. This is where your DIY skills could come in handy as the best way to store food could be to simply build your own root cellar.
While it may be unrealistic to use all of these methods. Adopting one or two of them would be a great way of becoming both more self-reliant and more environmentally friendly.
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“While many of us are already familiar with electric cars, there are numerous other energy options for motorists who may prefer to deviate from gasoline. Hydrogen, biofuels, ethanol, propane and solar power are just some of the alternative on offer for the ‘greener’ motorist. Be aware, though, that each of these options has their downsides, and refuelling stations for alternative fuels are still in very short supply, although this is likely to change over the next few years.”
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via Mother Nature Network
One person ends up creating 1.5 tons of solid waste a year. 3/4th’s of that is recyclable, but only 30% is actually recycled. These figures are staggering and composting is a huge part of recycling I believe is going largely ignored by the general population.
Composting creates a reusable fertilizer that is can benefit plant growth and health. We have a company in Austin called the East Side Compost Peddlers. This company is a zero-emission company run solely on human-powered cargo bikes. For a monthly fee one will have their own pick-up peddler come to their door and retrieve your week’s compost. Once the organic matter has been turned into compost the members can actually have it delivered to help fertilize their own gardens.
To date the East Side Compost Peddlers have diverted a quarter of a million pounds of organic matter from the land fill and turned it into reusable compost. They’ve cut methane emissions by 40 tons, saved over 17,000 gallons of diesel fuel, and their peddlers have burned over 1.5 million calories.
All of that has happened with just one small company in Texas. Imagine if this was implemented nation wide. The benefits would be exponential.
From Health Perch, Originally Published on Meatless Monday
Join Meatless Monday In Celebrating Earth Day
This April 22nd marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, an annual event celebrated in 192 countries to support environmental protection efforts.
Join Meatless Monday and the global community to call attention to one of the simplest actions people can take to protect our environment – giving up meat once a week.
Experts estimate that livestock account for 14.5 percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing our meat consumption even as little as one day a week can have an enormous impact on minimizing water usage, reducing greenhouse gases and cutting fuel dependence.
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