“I’m going to stop making fun of crunchy, Birkenstock-wearing hippies driving their holier-than-thou Priuses and figure out how to retro-fit my bro’s 1984 VW vanagon for biofuel so I can drive cross country guilt-free.” - Ashley Ahearn

Tentsile Hammock

Tentsile is a hammock and a tent that can be suspended as a shelter or on the ground.

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August 9th 2014
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Off Grid Urban Seattle Farm

Mithun created for the Living Building Challenge, this energy and water self-sufficient, 31,000-sq-ft rooftop rainwater collecting, gray water recycling, 34,000-sq-ft solar panel, food growing,  318 apartments housing, building.
March 16th 2014
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Envirohaven

Construction of a 1500 sf. home in 6 days.
January 30th 2014
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Kahuna Camping Kayak

Human powered kayak, ready for camping or pedaling.
January 26th 2014
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Ice Lab : Antarctica

Off grid is the way to live in Antarctica. Polar research at it's finest.
November 25th 2013
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Solar Weather Station

Eric Walstad made this off-grid weather station with a netbook, a 135W solar panel, a desktop weather station, hardware, a breadboard power supply, and a webcam.
November 3rd 2013
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Survivorman: Off The Grid – Documentary

Lee Stroud's documentary of not hippie communal back to landers, but survivalists living with nature.
October 19th 2013
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Mo Ventus House

At a cost of up to $10,000,000, this zero-energy office and studio isn't for the contemporary off gridder, but is still a feat.
September 14th 2013
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Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid Book

Homeowners can achieve the off grid lifestyle with this book: “Indispensable guide to creating the ideal, almost-off-the-grid home. . . . This text is both timely and tempting to anyone interested in inhabiting a more comfortable and cost-efficient abode.” —Bask
September 14th 2013
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Voltaic Arduino

Plugging an Arduino for off grid use can be done with a battery with usb, solar, or with battery and solar. If your don't have a computer of AC, Voltaic can help.
July 20th 2013
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Michele Kaufman Prefab

A prefab by architect Michele Kaufman, the house is modular which educes construction waste by 50-75%, reduces construction time, and increase quality control and predictability of time and cost.
May 24th 2013
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Earl – Backcountry Survival Tablet

Earl, a tablet engineered built for survival, Earl working where today's smart phones and tablets cannot, using Android 4.1 together with an E-Ink screen and GPS, weather sensor, and radio communication technology.
May 1st 2013
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BioLite CampStove

The BioLite CampStove, designed for outdoor adventure and emergency preparedness, makes cooking on wood as clean, safe and easy as petroleum fuels while powering electronics off-grid.
April 18th 2013
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Off the Grid in Brooklyn

Turning a century old brownstone in $1 million project with net zero energy apartments, that rent at $1,600 to $2,600 a month with utilities in NYC. Can it work?
March 29th 2013
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Lessons of Going Off the Grid

Dealing with snow and altitude- what is it worth going off grid? Read on here.
October 26th 2012
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Sustain Design Studio Home

By understanding what kind of off-grid living that you intend to pursue (seasonal, weekend, or year-round use), Sustain Design Studio has built a house that can accommodate the varying operation of monitoring your off grid home.
October 1st 2012
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Waterpod

While most off grid living happening on land, the 'Waterpod' is a useful and self-sufficient green project--a mobile art studio, aquatic living space, classroom, and science lab, all while being to move on the water.
September 4th 2012
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Going into the Jungle

Ars Technica has written a guide for the more serious off-gridders out there, worth checking out for all your gadget needs.
July 17th 2012
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Not Just for the Amish

There are 180,000 families across North America that are self-sufficient, some of these people are in the following video:
July 8th 2012
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Colorado Writer’s Pod

This concept for a Colorado based writer, is pretty neat- it has the ability to be moved by truck or helicopter to new inspirational locations.
July 7th 2012
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Silent Wind Power

The Eco Whisper Turbine stands 21.1 m high and can achieve high energy outputs in low or high winds with a footprint of only 21 m2 (solar requires 250 m2) and is purposed for mid-sized applications of 20 kW. Did we mention that it's silent?
July 7th 2012
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Plug and Play Off Grid

Buy a container, open up the package and you are on your way to living off the grid with your existing home! Incredible.
July 5th 2012
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zeroHouse Prefab

Another architect with a house, looking for investment...
June 28th 2012
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Bioluminescent Light

Bacterial culture that gives off soft light for your off grid home.
March 2nd 2012
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Judith Mountain Cabin

"It was like being hit by lightning," after a client of Prairie Wind Architecture built a cabin that provided a lot of light to the structure. Read about the building here. Image source
February 21st 2012
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Nokero Solar Powered Lightbulb

Selling for $6 to poor countries- if you leave it in the sun all day, you can get 2 hours of light. And it's rainproof.
February 18th 2012
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Building a Wind Turbine

While the sun is abundant in more places, having a wind turbine can be a good supplement to producing free energy. In this guide, Ebert elaborates on the the different components of a wind turbine (blades, mount, generator) and how to go about building such a thing. Image source
December 17th 2011
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Yucca Valley Dirt Bag House

This has got to be one of the most innovative 1st world representations of using dirt bags. Located in Yucca Valley, California. If building a house like this for the rest of the world helps neglected groups, then let it be.
December 17th 2011
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Transportable Solar Generators

Starting at around 20k, Mobile Solar, offers transportable solar generators, the model pictured is suitable for events, job sites and remote homes, and can be towed behind most 4 or 6-cylinder vehicles and powerful enough to run 3,500 watt with applications for residential back up, disaster relief and small construction ...
November 26th 2011
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1BOG : Group Solar Discounts

By negotiating with solar installers and finding trusted solar suppliers, 1BOG takes the pain out of buying solar panels for your application, only catch is that you are buying as a group to get a nice discount.
November 25th 2011
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Garbage Warrior Documentary

Shot over three years in the USA, India and Mexico, Garbage Warrior is a feature-length documentary film telling the epic story of maverick architect Michael Reynolds and his fight to introduce radically sustainable housing. An inspirational tale of triumph over bureaucracy, Garbage Warrior is above all an intimate portrait of ...
November 25th 2011
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Portable Water Purifier

Eco-friendly, the SteriPEN Freedom’s integrated battery recharges via a micro USB amongst other places and provides 16 oz. of water treatments in 48 seconds, it destroys over 99.9% of bacteria, viruses and protozoa.
November 19th 2011
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Palm Springs Ranch House

In this ranch style house, the architect built a modern house that can hold up against any environmental condition.
November 19th 2011
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All Purpose Eton Solar Radio

This looks like a great product, you can buy it here for $80.
November 19th 2011
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Building the Jefferson Earthship

For comprehensive information about these buildings, head on over to Earthship Biotecture.
November 9th 2011
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Salt Water Still Converter

The sun heats the water into steam, which removes the salt through an expansion nozzle to condense fresh water in the lower basin. Prototype designed by Gabriele Diamanti, finalist at the 2011 Prix Emile Hermes competition.
November 9th 2011
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Heating and Cooling

According to Krzysztof Lis, off-grid heating consists of good thermal insulation that will save as much heat as possible, utilizing solar heat gains whenever reasonable, and an additional heat source like electric heating powered by a wind turbine or wood stove fueled with wood chips produced ...
November 6th 2011
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The 2050 Home

Everything will be retrofitted? Image source A drive for extensive resource efficiency could see water harvested and recycled within each home. Integrated solar panels and microgen combined with ultra-thin insulation films will allow some houses to come off the grid. Food will be grown in gardens, roofs and balconies, ...
November 6th 2011
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Vegetable Oil Cars

An amazing movement to run your car on, grease. Blame it on Rudolf Diesel. Without his garbage-guzzling compost burner of a combustion-ignition engine, we wouldn't be discussing this lurid matter-but alas, we must. It all began at the 1900 Paris World's Fair, when his clattering junkyard dog of ...
November 6th 2011
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Upcycled Reclaimed Space

Off-grid ready homes from Reclaimed Space, an Austin Based company that does it all in terms of being contractors to get your new home going. Reclaimed Space harvests old wood from old barnwood, shiplap, hardwood, as well as other deconstructed materials from old buildings like corrugated metal and reclaimed ...
November 6th 2011
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Green Roofs

A Danish firm is leading the way to embrace rural cabin style off-grid living, with great layouts, small bedrooms and something that is definitely under utilized in modern architecture- green roofs. Image source
March 9th 2011
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Nick Rosen’s Off Grid America

Nick Rosen who is the go-to guy for knowledge about going off the grid made this video about a woman named Vonnie who used to work as a VP for Urban Outfitters, now living in Star Community outside Taos, New Mexico. It's 20 minutes away from the store, but it ...
March 7th 2011
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Squatting in Skyscrapers

Venezuela faced with a housing shortage has led to over 2,500 squatters to occupy a 45-story building, the Tower of David. While the causes of the lack of new construction are many, some have been able to jury-rig their electricity to the grid. Image source
March 6th 2011
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Rebuilding Solar Panels

If you make your own solar panels you will have to end up rebuilding the materials used to frame them every few years and if you build them yourself they are unlisted (UL), so they will not fall under compliance of the NEC code that helps prevents injury and fires. Image ...
March 6th 2011
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Essential Tools?

In building a list of essential tools what would you recommend? Apart from the obvious water pumps, water storage devices, electric generators, solar panels, composting toilets, hammers, shovels, computers and a radios... you don't want too many things, but it makes sense to have the right pieces of equipment if it ...
March 6th 2011
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DIY: Build an Earthship

Cultivated in the 70s, earthships are made of tires, cans, bottles and adobe and are a real option for people in developing nations looking to build a very cheap home that can catch rain water. Check out Dan Richfield’s site as he blogs through the build into October 2011- and if ...

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