Off-grid isn’t a state of mind. It isn’t about someone being out of touch, about a place that is hard to get to, or about a weekend spent offline. Off-grid is the property of a building (generally a home but sometimes even a whole town) that is disconnected from the electricity and the natural gas grid. To live off-grid, therefore, means having to radically re-invent domestic life as we know it, and this is what this book is about: individuals and families who have chosen to live in that dramatically innovative, but also quite old, way of life. This ethnography explores the day-to-day lives of people in each of Canada’s provinces and territories living off the grid. Vannini and Taggart demonstrate how a variety of people, all with different environmental constraints, live away from contemporary civilization. The authors also raise important questions about our social future and whether off-grid living creates an environmentally and culturally sustainable lifestyle practice. These homes are experimental labs for our collective future, an intimate look into unusual contemporary domestic lives, and a call to the rest of us leading ordinary lives to examine what we take for granted. This book is ideal for courses on the environment and sustainability as well as introduction to sociology and introduction to cultural anthropology courses.
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When a little girl goes missing in the nearby town, the strange, scarred man in the lonely cabin is the first suspect.
The ultimate escapist collection of environmentally sustainable houses, cabins, and retreats, this book circles the globe to find the best eco-architecture in the most stunning and remote locations.
Set aside any worries that living off-the-grid means a life without comfort and convenience or that it will be too challenging for you and your family to handle. Author Gary Collins literally wrote the book on how to transition to a life off-the- grid. After almost a decade of walking the walk, he's sharing his successes and failures alike so you can live the simple life without missing out on creature comforts. You will: discover strategies for running a business while remaining mostly unplugged; explore ways to remain socially and professionally connected; and learn how to avoid mistakes, expensive errors, and bonehead blunders. Filled with practical instruction, time-saving tips, and hard-earned wisdom from a man who's been there, done that, this guide is invaluable to anyone considering an off-the-grid lifestyle.
Sixteen-year-old Cody was born and raised “off the grid” deep in the wilderness by idealistic parents. When his father becomes seriously ill, the family is forced to move into the city so he can get treatment. Attending high school for the first time, Cody is an oddity and has a hard time adjusting. He finds unlikely allies in DeMarco, an inner-city kid, and Ernest, a philosophical homeless man, and he begins a tentative friendship with Alexis.
When he comes to DeMarco’s defense in an altercation at school, Cody finds himself in trouble with the police. A second confrontation puts Cody in more trouble with the cops, and he is convinced he must escape to the family homestead or be arrested. But Cody is torn between fleeing the city or staying with his ailing father and facing whatever consequences come his way.
Learn how you can create a thriving off-grid lifestyle with the help of this practical guide! Are you sick and tired of bustling cities and crowded suburbs? Do you long for a simpler pace in life, one built on the foundations of minimalism, nature, and self-reliance? Are you looking for a guide to help you achieve your off-grid dream? Then keep reading. Off-grid living is a brilliant lifestyle that allows you to connect with nature, become more relaxed and at ease, and enjoy a slower pace of life that lets you enjoy all the little moments. But if you're ready to take the plunge and escape the suburbs, where do you begin? This practical guide explores how you can embrace your new off-grid lifestyle and create a wonderful home out in the wild. Whether you're dreaming of a farmstead, a simple cabin, or a blend of modern living with simple comforts, inside you'll uncover a detailed breakdown of all the different factors to consider. Here's what you'll discover inside: Off-Grid Living 101 - A Breakdown of Your Options Tips For Picking The Perfect Property Essential Water and Filtration Considerations The Best Methods To Find (and Work With) Contractors Step-By-Step Instructions For Planning and Designing an Ecological Home 6 Must-Know Things To Keep In Mind When Building! Understanding Energy and The Different Options For Powering Your House And So Much More! With tips and tricks to finance your home, the must-know considerations for building, and all the little things you might not think about if you've never lived rural, now you can finally escape the crowded cities and experience the wonders of off-grid living. Whether you want to enjoy sustainability, tranquility, minimalism, or freedom, this guide is your ticket to an all-new life. Scroll up and buy now to begin your journey with off-grid living today!
Off the Grid confronts the ecological and cultural problems associated with the way we get and use energy, and explains how it is possible to live in a beautifully designed home using much less--no matter where your home is located. Our homes are connected by a nearly invisible grid of infrastructure that binds us together. It is a system of electrical poles, wire, substations, hydroelectric dams, telecommunication towers, and water extraction and sewage systems. From within this system we work, play, and raise families. We have also created one of the greatest environmental challenges known to modern civilization. The signs of our impact upon the world can be recognized in the reports of environmental changes occurring across the earth, and they can also be seen in the growing failures of the energy grids across the world as the current system is stressed beyond its capacity. Technologies that can be used to live off the grid (geothermal energy use, wind turbines, photovoltaic arrays, micro hydropower, rainwater collection and reclamation, and more) are explained as author Lori Ryker shows how to choose and incorporate these sources according to geography and climate. Off the Grid beautifully illustrates that this is not just a concept for rural living; examples of homes that are -off the grid- to varying degrees are found in New York City; Ontario, Canada; Stuttgart, Germany; Belmont, California; Pipe Creek, Texas; Clyde Park, Montana; Twin Lakes, Minnesota; Laytonville, California; Venice, California; and New South Wales, Australia. Off the Grid shows how we can take responsibility for our future choices and conveniences now, and proves that off-the-grid living is a concept that can be easily understood and adopted by everyone, regardless of where you live or how much money you make. Lori Ryker grew up in Texas and has lived and worked in a variety of locations, including Boston, New York City, Portland, and Basel, Switzerland. She now resides in Livingston, Montana, where she teaches in the School of Architecture at Montana State University and is a partner, along with Brett W. Nave, of Ryker/Nave Design. Their work has been published in The House You Build, and Western Interiors and Design. Ryker holds a MArch from Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Ph.D. from Texas A & M University. She is the author of Mockbee Coker: Thought and Process.
A look inside the subculture of off-grid living, taking readers across the ideological spectrum and across America Written by a leading authority on living off the grid, this is a fascinating and timely look at one of the fastest growing movements in America. In researching the stories that would become Off the Grid, Nick Rosen traveled from one end of the United States to the other, spending time with all kinds of individuals and families striving to live their lives the way they want to-free from dependence on municipal power and amenities, and free from the inherent dependence on the government and its far-reaching arms. While the people profiled may not have a lot in common in terms of their daily lives or their personal background, what they do share is an understanding of how unique their lives are, and how much effort and determination is required to maintain the lifestyle in the face of modern America's push toward connectivity and development.