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Off Grid Desert Farming

Living Off the Grid in a desert environment has unique challenges. One of them is growing food so you can live off the land. Is off grid desert farming even possible? In this article we’ll explore different ways that you grow your own food whilst living in a desert type climate. Not all deserts are …

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Off Grid Income

From City to Off Grid Whether you’re looking to go from the city to living off grid, or you’re already living on a homestead, you’ll need at least one remote income source. A lot of content online about the off grid lifestyle talks about the importance of having resources in the form of food, land, …

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Passive Solar Cooling in Hot Humid Climates

When reading about passive solar, the focus in many books is on solar heating. But many of us live in places where for much of the year it’s plenty hot already! So what about passive solar cooling? For example where I live in Southern Spain, is very close to what is considered to be Europe’s …

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Solar Power for 1.5 HP Pump

Being able to run a water pump without relying on grid electricity can range from simply saving money on electric bills, to being absolutely essential if you’re somewhere where electricity just isn’t reliable or even available at all.  Solar power can also be a fantastic replacement for a diesel generator. In this article, we’ll look …

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Solar Power Systems for Barns: An Overview

Powering pole barns can be quite complex for people who are grid-tied. But, what if you want to convert to an off-grid lifestyle? Can solar power for barn be a viable option? The answer, fortunately, is a resounding yes – it is certainly possible to harness the power of the sun to produce the kind …

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Diagram of a Heat Pump

How Does a Heat Pump Work for a Swimming Pool?

Heat pumps are often used in the summer to help cool a home. However, they can also be used to help keep a pool warm in the winter. Here’s how a heat pump works for a swimming pool. A heat pump uses electricity and refrigerant to move heat from one place to another. It does …

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Can a Solar Panel Run a Pool Pump?

The short answer is: yes you can run your pool pump from solar panels, but one single solar panel likely won’t cut it. Your pool pump is likely something that you don’t really think about, until something goes wrong with it. So you might not be aware of home much it’s quietly adding to your …

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