For the past few months, I have been trying to build our own bicycle generator. Soon it became a sort of obsession as I tried to take an old exercise bike and convert it to a human powered generator. These past few weeks, I could finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. … Continue reading It Really Works… Introducing the Bicycle Generator.
I believe I am guilty of promoting free energy on the off grid homestead, and during the summer months it appears that way. However, during the winter months cloudy skies make solar energy creation improbable, and it's the battery bank that keeps the home's electricity going from day to day. When the fog and inversion … Continue reading Off Grid electricity is NOT free.
Today, I am spending much of the day alone. I decided what a perfect time to write a post about working on the homestead alone. During the rush to build our tractor shed, I did much of the prep work by myself. My wife and son went to the local farmers’ market while I began … Continue reading Working alone on the homestead
Money… it seems to be the main driving force that built civilization. It also seems to be what people are most worried about. The phrase “death by a thousand cuts,” describes many people’s financial burdens by over extending credit, which our society in America has made all too easy to do. However, the phrase can … Continue reading Saving Money on Your Electric Bill with DIY Plumbing.
Earlier this year, our generator pull start rope broke as well as the spring with the starter recoil assembly. We were left in a terrible position, but had enough power to ration until the new part arrived. The new part broke in the 1st pull. If not for the advice of a few subscribers, we … Continue reading How to start a generator when the pull rope breaks
Off grid refrigeration seems to be an elusive topic online. Many people give up on the idea altogether or try to incorporate a standard refrigerator/freezer and find their stored battery energy gone before the next day begins. Refrigerators are just inefficient. When purchasing our DC refrigerator and freezer, we thought we were making the logical … Continue reading Evolution of Off Grid Refrigeration
Free hot showers for the past three weeks. The weather outside is cold enough to keep the wood cook stove fired up almost twenty-four seven to heat our home. With the wood cook stove heating the home, cooking much of our food, and heating our hot water, we have been able to wash dishes, do … Continue reading Wood Stove is Free Hot Water