Tag Archives: off grid

Episode-1851- Chris Haynes on Off Grid Tiny Homes

offpowerChris Haynes is an electrical and software engineer. He moved from a full size grid connected house to an off grid tiny house located on a rural lot. He has built a very small (66sf) tiny house and a code compliant 252sf tiny house where he currently lives.

He has been living off grid for over 4 years using a very simple and inexpensive solar system. He shares his experiences in tiny house living at conferences held in the northeast US.

He just released a new book called “Tiny House Engineers Notebook: Volume 1, Off Grid Power”. Its written in a style that is suitable for folks with no electrical knowledge.

Chris originally joined us at TSP on Episode 1365 that is almost two years ago, he now has a lot more experience actually living the Tiny House way.  He has been though Snowpocalypse and a hell of a Heat Wave for a summer as well.  So we will discuss somethings he has done to make his home more livable.

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

Also remember we have an expert council that can answer you questions. If you have a question send it to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Epert in the subject line. Ask your question in one to two sentences so it is clear then provide any additional details. Make sure to tell me what council member the question is for. You Meet the Expert Council at this Link.

Join the MSB Today

Join the MSB Today

Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced?

Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here.

This Week on PETV Presentations

PETV Presentations

You can find the recorded presentations on the PETV On Demand Page

This week PETV has two free LIVE Presentations

Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 02
Episode 05 – Brandon Williams of Iron Edison
Topic: Off Grid Battery and Solar Systems
Register Now

Thursday, August 04
Episode 06 – Heather Grove of Fleet Farming
Topic: The Fleet Farming business model
Register Now

Keep up to date with, and register for, all of the free live presentations here.

Did you miss a presentation? No worries, all of the presentations are available On Demand and every presentation’s Q/A sessions are available for free. Check out the PETV Presentations On Demand Page.

About: Brandon Williams
Brandon Williams founded Iron Edison in 2010 with a passionate focus on high-tech batteries for solar, off grid and grid backup. As lead system designer at Iron Edison, Brandon has energized thousands of people about using Nickel Iron and Lithium Iron batteries. As CEO, Iron Edison has grown 200% for five straight years and now employs 12 in the Colorado-based sales, distribution and lithium assembly center.

About: Heather Grove
After interning with the USDA, researching food systems in Central Florida and abroad, Heather returned to her hometown to help rebuild Orlando’s local food system in 2011. Heather co-created Stetson University’s garden and farmers market and served as the founding Community Director of East End Market. She now works on sustainable agriculture and rural development projects abroad while helping to establish new branches of Fleet Farming around the world.

Episode-1439- Gary Collins on Remote Homestead Scouting and Set Up

Gary Collins, Creator of the Primal Power Plan

Gary Collins, Creator of the Primal Power Plan

After an exciting career in military intelligence Collins worked for the U.S. State Department, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Special Agent. His career took him around the world and gave him a unique perspective on not only how the United States, but the world is affected by our food, drug and healthcare policies.

The highlights of his career took him from protecting some of the most powerful people in the world to investigations involving the biggest tainted pet food death case in the U.S. to the intricate dealings of one of the largest counterfeit prescription drug rings in the world. He has often said, “If American’s really knew what was going on in the area of healthcare and nutrition in this country, they would be appalled.”

Gary’s love for all things primal has now led him to begin a new chapter in his life.  He recently purchased 20 acres in Washington state, nearly a thousand miles north of his home in California.  Today he joins us to discuss finding rural land, the challenges of building off grid and more.  We also delve a bit into entrepreneurial topics near the end.

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

Join the MSB Today

Join the MSB Today

Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced?

Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenien

Episode-1365- Chris Haynes on Off Grid and Tiny House Living

Chris Haynes is an electrical and software engineer. He is finishing up a major lifestyle change moving from a full size grid connected house to an off grid tiny house located on a rural lot. He has built a very small (66sf) tiny house and a code compliant 252sf tiny house where he currently lives.

He has been living off grid for over 2 years using a very simple and inexpensive solar system. He shares his experiences in tiny house living at conferences held in the northeast US.

Join Us As We Discuss…

  • Living off grid in the modern day
  • Building an inexpensive off grid power system
  • Making lifestyle changes in order to live off grid
  • Reasons to choose a tiny house
  • Why you might choose to use DC power for most needs
  • Dealing with building inspectors when self building
  • Using “super insulation” for energy conservation
  • Heating and cooling when off grid

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

Our Expert Council is Made Up of…

Join the MSB Today

Join the MSB Today

Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced?

Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here.

Episode-1234 – Women of Prepping Episode 8

rianna-stone

Rianna Stone – The Pagan Homesteader

Rianna Stone has been an RN for almost 20 years but her true passion is homesteading and Permaculture. Three years ago she and her family took the plunge and moved onto 6 acres in the wilds of Oklahoma to create their own homestead.

For the last three years this family of four has lived in 360 sq ft with no running water as they work on creating a sustainable lifestyle. This includes gardening, chickens, geese, and goats.

Rianna is also the host of The Pagan Homesteader Podcast, and she was recently named Survival Mom of the Month for the month of July on the Survival Mom Blog.  Today she and her family live with no running water in a 350 square foot tiny home.

Today Rianna and here family continue to develop their property and improve their lifestyle as modern homesteaders.

Join Rianna and I Today for  a Discussion On…

  • What brought her to the homesteading/prepping lifestyle
  • How they manage without running water
  • Living with a family of 4 in a 350 square foot house
  • Plans for further development of their property
  • How prepping has changed their family
  • The unique challenges and fun of raising geese
  • Earthbag home construction and using it for other needs
  • The reality of tornado season in the south and mid west
  • The response of friends and family with her families new lifestyle

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

Our Expert Council is Made Up of…

Join the MSB Today

Join the MSB Today

Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced?

Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here.

 

Episode-995- Jackie Clay of Backwoods Home Magazine on Off Grid Homesteading

Jackie and her husband, Will, are lifetime homesteaders who live on a self-reliant 120 acre wilderness homestead in northern Minnesota.  They are happily off grid and raise about 90% of their own food.

Jackie is also a contributing writer to “Backwoods Home Magazine” which features both her articles and the popular “Ask Jackie” column which answers questions on all aspects of low-tech homesteading.

Jackie is also the author of several books including “Growing and Canning Your Own Food” and “Jackie Clay’s Pantry Cookbook”.  She joins us today to discuss developing a self-reliant homestead.

Resources for Today’s Show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-987- Jeffery Yago of DTI Solar

Jeffrey Yago, P.E., CEMj

Jeffrey Yago, P.E., CEMj

Jeff Yago P.E., CEMj is a licensed professional engineer and certified energy manager with over 25-years experience in the energy conservation field. He is also certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners as a licensed solar installer and a licensed journeyman electrician.

He has extensive solar, thermal and solar photovoltaic system design experience and has authored numerous articles in magazines including Backwoods Home, HomePower, Mother Earth News, Solar Engineering Magazine, Energy Users News and Engineered Systems Magazine. He is also the author of a book “Achieving Energy Independence – One Step at a Time“.

Jeff joins us today to discuss the role of solar energy, battery back ups and generator systems should play for the prepper lifestyle.

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-862- The Modern Homesteading Mindset

Some folks wonder why I spend so much effort on homesteading type topics.  Simply put because modern survivalism is about a better quality of life, not just prepping for total systems failure.  In fact I feel in many ways that systems have already failed or are actively failing.

Understand the role of society and government is supposed to be to make sure people have individual rights and the ability to pursue happiness.  While it may be the case that these words are part of our foundational documents I view them as universal natural law.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • How well are “the systems” working for the average person
  • Homesteading as a mindset vs. tasks and stuff
  • What were the goals of the original homesteaders
  • Typical modern homestead lifestyles
    • Urban Homesteading
    • Suburban Homesteading
    • Rural Homesteading
    • Off Grid Homesteading
  • How the six needs of survival relate to homesteading
    • Food
    • Water
    • Shelter
    • Energy
    • Security
    • Sanitation
  • The importance of community for homesteaders
  • The concept of a true “homesteaders community”

Resources for Today’s Show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-859- Jack Dody on Off Grid Homesteading

Jack Dody of christianhomesteaders.org

Jack Dody of ChristianHomesteaders.org

Jack and Marilou Dody live on a homestead on the plains of Colorado, within sight of Pikes Peak. Jack has been designing and building “alternative” housing since the late sixties.

His workbook entitled Abundaculture gives the details of his homestead construction, including solar and wind power, a rainwater catch system, indoor garden, passive solar, and a composting toilet.

Jack runs workshops to train missionaries, homesteaders and homeschoolers on the knowledge he has gain in his years of actually living the life of a truly off grid homesteader.   His work has prepared many for trips to remote ares of the world on aid missions along with helping others realize their own dream of homestead life.

Jack joins Jack today to discuss…

  • The challenges of true off grid living
  • Using a sawdust toilet
  • Using gray water for irrigation
  • Using SIP containers in dry climates
  • The value of kids growing up on the homestead
  • How you can  make solar and wind affordable
  • Why most homesteaders need at least some off homestead income
  • Common mistakes of new homesteaders
  • Why homesteaders are generally the first to know about threats to liberty

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

 

Episode-566- Cam Mather on Off Grid Living

Cam Mather who originally appeared in Episode 364 is back to share another round of wisdom about living off grid.

Cam and his family unplugged from the grid about 14 years ago, today they are continuing their journey by expanding agricultural production, expanding their solar arrays and more.

His first book “Thriving During Challenging Times, The Energy, Food and Financial Independence Handbook” provides a road map for readers to deal with the converging challenges of climate change, peak oil and resource depletion and the economic crisis.

His second book “The All You Can Eat Gardening Handbook” shows how to turn your back yard into your own “One-Hundred-Foot-Diet Produce Department” with minimal fossil inputs.

Join us today to learn…

  • The real joy of living the “unplugged life”
  • Why unplugged doesn’t mean dark ages or low tech
  • How you can begin your own journey to energy independence
  • Why efficiency is the cheapest form of alternative energy
  • Growing your own food
  • Storing your surplus production
  • Surviving ice storms in style
  • Inexpensive ways to build your soil with things others throw away
  • Staying in touch with satellite internet and TV options

Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.