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A Different Life

#^A Different Way to Live

Outline for paper on cheap, self-sustainable life (this is a rough draft, please be patient) I am not a prepper or survivalist and while I do believe in taking care of our world I am not really what o…

The work is progressing, slowly but surely.

#off-the-grid #diy #minimalism

Solar Furnace

#^Simple Solar Furnace For Under $50 – Truth And Action


A simple solar heater that is cheap and easy to make. When there is direct sun on the unit it produces heat like a hair dryer.

According to the creator it produces a stream of air around 120 degres.

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home made soap

#^Low Cost Ways To Make Your Own All-Natural Soap | Off The Grid News


As you simplify your lifestyle, it is natural to consider making or growing many of the items you use every day. Not only do you save money, but you often can end up with a superior product. A great example is homemade soap…

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#^Teen’s DIY Energy Hacking Gives African Village New Hope


Prev Page 1 of 2 Next >> Some people see lemons and make lemonade. William Kamkwamba saw wind and made a windmill. This might not seem like a mighty feat. But Kamkwamba, who grew up in Masitala, a tiny rural farming village off the grid in Malawi,…

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#^How to Raise Earthworms ::


Raising earthworms is one of the easiest ways you can go green and reduce the amount of trash entering our landfills and water systems. Instead of throwing your kitchen scraps in the garbage can or down the sink disposal simply feed them to your worms!  And if you enjoy gardening this is a great way to save money — your worms will produce f…

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#^107 Used Wood Pallet Projects and Ideas – Snappy Pixels


Thanks our many visitors to the page. Please help us out and pin a picture or follow us on Pinterest from this page or like us on Facebook. Has any one item been reused more creatively, with more functional use and more practical application than the lowly used wood pallet? An item made for the [&hellip


I live in an area that averages 300+ days of sunshine a year so ways of harvesting the Sun’s power has intrigued me for a long time.

Years ago we lived in a house that had a problem with the natural gas pipes and we were poor and barely eating at the time so we had no money to fix it. We went for a while warming up water on the stove so we could take a warm bath. One day, after noticing that we had a couple of 5 gallon water jugs,  I had a brain fart and painted these jugs black, filled them with water, and stuck them out in the sun all day. When I got home from worked I took a bath in decently warm water.

We have on an occasion or two have used the Sun to cook meals. I am not talking about just warming up a hot dog.  I am talking about cooking a mess of pinto beans, some rice, and some cornbread, all by solar heat.

People around here act like this stuff doesn’t work or will somehow cook your food improperly and that no one but zoned out hippies or illegal immigrants are the only ones who would cook or warm water this way.

Now I admit that my brain is tweaking a little on how to transition from small experiments like these into a lifestyle but I know it will work.

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