Category Archives: Alternative Energy

Laura Asks… Does Technology Make the Tiny House Movement Possible?

Do you think today’s technology makes it possible or enhances the tiny house experience? What kind of technology do you have that would be perfect for downsizing your life?” – Laura LaVoie Read the original story that asks the question, Does Technology Make the Tiny House Movement Possible? My take… I think technology makes any size […]

Simple Wood Stove Powered Water Heater

What a great idea, and nicely implemented. It’s a simple copper coil wrapped around a stove pipe. The water in the tank circulates through the copper pipe as a result of convection. A handy way to heat water and temporarily store some heat in the room. “Tiny house on wheels in the countryside of Kilkenny, […]

Experience with a Solar Powered Refrigerator

Off-grid family provides a detailed report on living with a solar powered refrigerator. “For several months now, the refrigerator has operated smoothly and silently at a constant 4 degrees (C ) at the ‘medium’ setting. There has been no frost or moisture buildup. Our batteries seem to hardly notice the draw.” Continue reading about Our experience […]

Would You Let The Keystone Pipeline in Your Bed?

This video is a riot and might help this message go viral. It’s a bit off-topic but a worthy cause. Until we show fossil fuel companies that we’re ready for something new, pipelines like Keystone XL are going to keep coming back like an ex-boyfriend who won’t get the hint. Now is the time to […]

Sunny Days = Solar Installation

If you’ve been curious about tiny solar systems for tiny houses, here’s a homeowner that just upgraded and discovered the difference a couple panels can make. “We finally had a break in all the rain so we took an opportunity to install the new solar power system. Our electrician friend Dann (who helped us wire […]

Methane Digester Part One – Mr Teslonian

This is an extreme off-grid technique for generating methane natural gas that can be used for cooking applications. It’s a bit dangerous to play with gas like this – so caution is a must – but if fossil fuel derived gases are not desired or available know that it’s possible to make gas from waste. […]