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Archive for December, 2008

Off Grid and Renewable Energy Support

We have been off grid for 5 years. We installed our own off grid power system, and designed our own wind turbine. We have produced biodiesel and converted diesel engines to run on Veggie Oil.

My background is computers and electronics for over 20 years. We are offering a new service, personal one on one support, in solar and wind, off grid power systems, battery care, inverter and charger help, and other off grid topics, including off grid internet options. Try it out for free for the first ten minutes on us. No obligations, no upfront fees, no hidden fees, We want to help you become more self sufficient. If you want to continue after 10 minutes, or schedule additional sessions, we charge $1/ minute, with a money back guarantee if you are not happy with our advice.

We also offer research packets in the topic of your choice.

All with a money back guarantee. If you are not happy, you don’t pay.


Allan’s Rocket Mass Heater

A friend of mine just posted his working version of a Rocket Mass Heater on Youtube. This is a great example of a clean burning, extremely efficient heater that can be used for space heating, cooking, or heating water, or any combination of the above.


A Politically Correct Holiday Greeting

Best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most joyous traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, but with respect for the religious persuasion of others who choose to practice their own religion as well as those who choose not to practice a religion at all;


a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the generally accepted calendar year 2009, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions have helped make our society great, without regard to the race, creed, color, religious, or sexual preferences of the wishes.

(Disclaimer: This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others and no responsibility for any unintended emotional stress these greetings may bring to those not caught up in the holiday spirit.)


Just Kidding, Merry CHRISTmas, and a Happy New Year from those of us up here in frozen snow bound northern New York!


DIY Emergency Power System

It’s stormy outside, and the lines go down, or maybe it’s an ice storm, and over 1 million people are out of power. If you need some emergency lights, radio, or want to start your own off grid power system, this free guide will start you on your way. Check out this free pdf that will get you started at


Obama’s energy team has its own ‘inconvenient truths’

Officials with the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) say president-elect Obama’s picks for energy secretary, EPA administrator, and energy and climate czar are troubling.

President-elect Obama has chosen Steven Chu as energy secretary, Lisa Jackson as Environmental Protection Agency administrator, and Carol Browner (formerly EPA administrator under Bill Clinton for seven years) as his energy and climate czar. But while the mainstream media and Obama supporters are applauding the picks, at least one critic suggests those offering the accolades are not fully informed.

According to Iain Murray, a CEI senior fellow in energy, science, and technology, “the people who don’t really care about the economic effects of their policies” are the one singing the praises of Obama’s choices to head up his energy program. Murray is author of The Really Inconvenient Truths — a critical look at global warming.

Murray tells Fox News that by picking more former Clinton appointees, Obama has undercut his promise to bring a new voice to the debate on environmental issues. “This is the sort of thing that indicates that Obama is going to be very, very much a part of the environmentalist establishment,” he stated.

In addition, Myron Ebell, director of energy and global warming policy at CEI, points out that all the appointees are dedicated environmentalists. “They are all committed, I believe, to what president-elect Obama says is his agenda, which is to spend an awful lot of taxpayer money on creating so-called ‘green jobs,'” says Ebell.

Ebell points out that Browner was a legislative director for Al Gore and one of the chief researchers and writers for Gore’s radical environmental manifesto, Earth in the Balance. But he adds that as energy and climate czar her role would be more of an advisor to Obama and would otherwise not have much clout in policy setting.

In contrast, according to Ebell, EPA administrator Lisa Jackson — a protégée of Browner — would be very instrumental in implementing Obama’s environmental agenda.

The energy expert adds that Steven Chu’s appointment as energy secretary is worrisome. Chu, he notes, won a Nobel Prize in physics for his work in laser technology; but Ebell says the Chu’s interest in climate change is more a matter of personal interest than his scientific background. “He is a big advocate for replacing coal,” adds Ebell. “He said coal is the problem, we’ve got to get rid of it.”

According to Ebell, Chu is the scientific version of Al Gore.


Make Your Personal Computing Carbon Neutral: 12 Easy Steps

What can you do to make a positive impact on the environment as you use your desktop or laptop computer? Dell implemented an aggressive global energy-efficiency campaign and increased purchases of green power, verified emission reductions and renewable energy certificates. You may not need to spend the amount of money that Dell did in their quest, but you can follow their example through the following twelve tips:



is an inexpensive e-book that contains over 50 pages filled with useful tips (and many informative links) on becoming self-sufficient, while gaining confidence and peace of mind for your family’s “survival”!

In these hard economic times, Americans are anxious… and looking for helpful tips on how to save money, feed and protect their family and adapt their lifestyles to prepare for an unknown future.

“My e-book lists many resources (books, websites, magazines, etc.), plus tips on Gardening & Edible Landscapes, Food Storage & Preservation, Water Storage and Filtration, Food Preparation from storage, Healthy Living on a budget, Raising livestock in your backyard, Using alternative energy & conservation, Making your own cleaning and personal hygiene products, Taking care of your health, Budgeting & Paying-off debt, Home Schooling, and much, much more!” …..Kristen

Only $5, we own it and recommend it. Order it at

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Living with a Berkey Water Purifier

First of all, let me say we like our Berkey very much. We have ran a few hundred gallons of water though it, and are very impressed with it’s purification ability. With our shallow well, we were never able to drink or cook with the water before, due to high levels of fertilizer, pesticides and E. coli. Now we can safely use that water, and have eliminated the expense of bottled water, as well as the waste stream of plastic bottles. We are so happy with the unit, we have become a dealer, so check it out at


The Rocket Mass Heater

Want an extremely efficient, clean burning wood stove? Check out the Rocket Mass Heater by Ianto Evans and Leslie Jackson! A house that burns 7 cord of wood a season can burn just 2/3 of a cord with this style heater, as it burns cleaner, extracts more heat from the “chimney” without creosote build up (no chimney fires), and stores the heat in a thermal mass for gentle long term radiant heat, so the fire doesn’t have to be fed constantly. The best part? You build it yourself, and it’s very inexpensive. Learn more from the $13 eBook at We bought it, read it, and are starting on our stove. We recommend it.


What’s new in composting toilets?

Proudly made in the USA
All stainless hardware
Full size elongated seat for comfort
Disassembles in seconds for emptying
Composting handle can be mounted on either side
Vent hose and fan may be mounted on either side
Unit comes with everything for your installation but the external vent
Molded in toilet seat for safety and ease of cleaning.
Completely self contained and portable.
Fully supported liquid tank for applications where it extends beyond mounting pedestal
Opaque liquid tank allows for easy visual capacity inspection.
Rear of main tank is cut-out for bulkhead clearance on some boats.

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