Solar clipping happens when solar electric (photovoltaic) panels provide more power than an inverter can handle. Clipping is lost power production, but there may be some advantages to it. We’ll explain, and talk about some pros and cons.…
We were asked to review the Biolite Solar Home 620 solar light kit for Preparedness Month. Between the wild weather and other goings on, we’re running a little late, but we still want to give you an overview of this handy option for camping, emergencies or off grid lighting.…
A portable clothes washer is great for RV camping, apartments, dorms, condos – anywhere you don’t have a ton of space. Manual clothes washers also save on electricity and are great for emergency situations. I put four of the most popular portable washers to the test at our off grid home, and share the results below.
Note – all four of these washers are manual washers that don’t require electricity. You need access to water, a way to heat the water if desired, a place to drain the water, and a spot to hang your clothes to dry.
The Doable Off-Grid Homestead by Stewart and Shannon Stonger gives the reader a taste of off grid life on a tight budget. When they say “off grid”, they mean it. They have no grid electricity, no well or conventional running water. They share their mistakes as well as their successes. If you have a determination to get back to the land, but little money to follow your dream, this book may be a good resource for you.
There are a number of different options for emergency cooking. In this post we’ll cover everything from simple heating to large scale cooking for emergency situations.
Before we get started: For those who are new to preparedness, using an emergency generator to power an electric stove or microwave is not a good allocation of resources.
Stoves and microwaves use a lot of power in a short amount of time. It’s much more practical to use other means to heat/cook your food. A standard gas stove uses an electric ignition, so will not automatically work if there is no power.
- Always be careful to use options inside or outside as appropriate. Don’t end up asphyxiated from cooking fuel fumes or burn your house down while trying to make a hot meal. Carbon monoxide is odorless.
- Make sure you have cooking equipment suitable for your heating option of choice.
- Practice with your method(s) of choice until you can reliably produce a meal. Don’t use it for the first time in an emergency (except for the “heat themselves” food items).