If you want to live off-grid you need to be able to do shit yourself. Which means you need to have a tool for every job. Personally, Im of the "I can make due with a few core hand tools" variety but I'm finding that more tools is better.
They don't spoil. They don't run off. And if you take care of them, they pay dividends in the long run. Worth buying quality tools the first time and taking care of them.
Here's a list I found of recommended tools from: Off Grid World. What do you think? More? Less? Any suggestions?
To check how many solar panels you need to fully provide for your house, the best option is to look at your monthly electric bill. This will show you how much you use each month (in kWh).
If you are planning a new build or don't pay for your own electricity, the average household in the US uses 900 kWh per month.
Earthen Floors, Clay Floors, Adobe Floors, Mud Floors; let's cut the crap. They're just dirt floors.
They're really cool dirt floors...
Adobe houses are made from mud that is formed into bricks and stacked up to build a home. Think of it like a mud igloo.
The easiest way to do this is to create wooden molds and lay them in the sun. Then, in a wheelbarrel or buckets, you mix water, soil, and straw until you get the right consistency.
You dump this mud mixture into the forms and tamp them firm. Once they're settled in, you let them bake.
Living in a sustainable, off-the-grid community is the dream of many, but few actually take the steps to making something of that ambition. One of the reasons is being unable to find or construct off grid housing that covers the necessities of life without breaking the bank.
The world is already seeing the negative effects of human consumption. Housing prices are rising. The cost of maintaining these residences is also rising – probably even faster than the global average temperature.
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