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How to Transition from a Tech Filled World to Off-the-Grid Homesteading

November 20, 2019
off grid homesteading

What does being “off-the-grid” mean exactly? The way most people who are talking about the grid refer to no longer being dependent on the power grid. This takes more than a couple of solar panels and a tiny home, although that’s a good start. Transitioning to off-grid homesteading takes planning and a lot of consideration. Read on to learn about the things you need to consider before making the switch.

Evaluate How Much Energy You Currently Use

In order to figure out how much energy you and your family use you can start recording and analyzing your monthly electric bills or you can buy a Kilowatt Meter to perform energy audits. The Kilowatt Meter report will allow you to see how much energy every electronic item in your house is using. Then it’s up to you to reduce the use of that electronic or find an alternative! Making your family aware of all the energy being used every month is important in making the decision if you and your family are ready and able to go live off the grid.

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Environment

What Are the Most Important Homesteading Kitchen Supplies?

November 15, 2019
homesteading kitchen

The kitchen is where the magic happens. You cut, chop, bake, cook, boil and deep fry so that you can enjoy delicious masterpieces. Whether you decide to share your tasty treats is another story.

But in order to create your favorite meals, you need to have the proper equipment on hand first. Below, we’ll delve into the most important homesteading kitchen supplies you won’t want to skimp on buying. 

Juice Press

What kind of fruits do you grow on your homestead? Whether you oversee extensive farmland or boast a tiny or a backyard garden, we’re betting you grow a few fruits that make their way into your kitchen.

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Environment, Oceans

Homesteading Water Supply Options

November 13, 2019
homesteading water supply

Homesteading is a lifestyle characterized by self-sufficiency and independence from living on the grid. Homesteader’s invest in subsistence agriculture, preservation of food and raising livestock or other animals to provide a self-sustaining life. However, water supply is a source of strife for many individuals who invest in living independently from the grid. When buying a homestead, you should prioritize your water source when looking for a home. If you already own a property but do not have a viable source of water, there are alternative solutions available.

Dig a Well

Digging a well on your property creates a reliable source of water that your household can depend upon. Although digging a well is expensive, upwards of $10,000, it allows you to be entirely off the grid and self-sufficient. Wells are perhaps the best long-term solution for homesteads that desire a reliable source of water while remaining independent from the grid.

It is essential to decide whether your well will have a manual pump or an electric pump and if it has an electric pump how it will be powered. Manual pumps require more manual labor, but it ensures that you always have a source of water. Electric pumps allow for an automated water source, but it does rely on outside factors. Electric pumps are either powered by the grid, which can defeat the purpose of a well for some, or they are reliant upon solar or wind power, which puts your homestead at the mercy of the weather. These factors are all considerations when installing a well at your property.

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Environment, Wildlife

The Best Animals for Homesteading Beginners

November 11, 2019
best animals for homesteading

Many people spend years dreaming about owning their own homestead. A homestead gives you space to spread out and live how you want to, without the pressures of neighborhood watchdogs and community rules.

Once you finally get that homestead, the possibilities are endless. What will you grow on your land? How will you use it? You may feel inclined to start raising animals, as many homesteaders do. It’s a big step towards living on sustainable land and minimizing your carbon footprint.

The problem is that not everyone grows up on a farm, so you may not know where to start. Instead of guessing which animals you should raise, read about these animals that are the best for homesteading beginners. You’ll start off with easy and rewarding farm animals that will help you build your sustainable homesteading skills.

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Green Technology

10 Technology Trends for Modern Homesteading

November 8, 2019
technology trends for homesteading

Are you looking for a lifestyle of self-sufficiency? Then homesteading may be for you. You may be thinking, “I have to move away from everything, and go far, far away to do that.” But that’s not quite true. People all over the U.S. have been buying land and moving to a more self-sufficient lifestyle. Taking full advantage of a homestead may be difficult to undergo, but it’s not impossible. New advances in technology can help you have a cost and energy-efficient life.

If you and your family are debating whether or not a homestead is for you, keep reading to learn how the clean air, the quiet nights and the calmness of the outdoors can be more than just a beautiful place to live, but it can be an independent and world-changing lifestyle.

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Environment

What are the Homesteading Basics for New Homesteaders?

November 6, 2019
homesteading basics

Have you ever purchased something only to get home and realized you could have produced it on your own? Do you find yourself contemplating how our consumer-driven society isn’t a sustainable model? Do you wish you were more self-sufficient? Maybe it’s time you consider becoming a modern homesteader.

What is Homesteading?

The term might be familiar if you’re a history fanatic or remember anything from the last US history class you took. Taking its name from the Homestead Act of 1862, where land was given to families in an effort to encourage western migration, homesteading is a way of living characterized by self-sustainability. Modern homesteading is a mindset above anything else, a can-do attitude.

While the homesteading movement of 1862 was all about pioneers in the wild, today it’s all about self-sufficiency and building the skills to grow your own food. Many modern homesteaders will raise their own animals including chickens, ducks, quails, bees, goats, pigs and even in some cases, larger animals such as cows and horses. Some might even go “off the grid,” taking advantage of solar power, wind turbines and other alternative energy methods. There isn’t a checklist of what you must do to be considered a homesteader; rather it’s the way you think about and interact with the world around you.

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Wildlife

How Drilling Could Cause Extinctions in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

November 4, 2019
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The Proposed Impact of Oil Development in the Arctic

On September 12th, the Trump Administration’s Interior Department published a final plan to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to gas and oil development and leasing. This is the first time in history that the government will open leasing opportunities to drill from the ANWR. The plan will open 1.56 million acres on the Arctic Coastal Plain to promote the development of fossil fuels. The sanctuary in full is 19.3 million acres. Among one of the most feared impacts, there is a rising worry that upcoming oil and gas drilling may severely damage the wildlife habitat. In particular, the combination of drilling and climate change may lead to bird extinctions.

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Oceans

What Are the Effects of Offshore Drilling on Marine Life?

October 31, 2019
effects of offshore drilling on marine life

The oil industry has shaped our modern world in countless ways, including by impacting the previously unblemished habitats of wildlife in national parks and protected areas. But much of our oil extraction effort is conducted offshore.

So what are the impacts of this seemingly unstoppable and ethically hollow industry? As you might expect, there are both immediate and long-term effects on our planet’s oceans. However, we don’t know exactly how long the effects of our actions will continue to affect our ocean’s ecosystems.

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Green Technology

Technology Helping Us Create Clean Oil Drilling Techniques

October 28, 2019
clean oil drilling

Oil and clean aren’t two words you usually see together. The oil and petroleum industry has a reputation for being dirty — one of the biggest polluters and, overall, a threat to the environment. The reputation isn’t entirely unearned, as the industry is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions and pollution.

But oil and gas executives are facing a crisis of reputation that threatens the future of the industry. Younger generations’ poor view of the industry makes it difficult to attract talented engineers. These threats to long-term profits have industry officials rethinking both their drilling methods and overall business strategy.

Now, the oil and petroleum industry is turning to new technologies that they hope will result in “clean” oil drilling — drilling that doesn’t produce nearly as much pollution or harm to the environment.

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Environment

What Are the Environmental Impacts of Offshore Drilling?

October 24, 2019
environmental effects of offshore drilling

Offshore drilling involves extracting oil from reserves located beneath the sea rather than on land. There’s also what’s known as deepwater drilling, where the necessary equipment reaches depths of at least 1,000 meters. Offshore drilling is complicated, but its supporters assert it’s an essential process due to the world’s continued dependence on fossil fuels.

They often overlook the environmental impacts, though. Here are some of them.

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