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Go off grid — but first send us your video!

From Green Right Now Reports Sometimes it makes sense to step off the reservation. And now, people making that big move off the grid can hook-up with like-minded folks (perhaps...

From Green Right Now Reports

Sometimes it makes sense to step off the reservation. And now, people making that big move off the grid can hook-up with like-minded folks (perhaps even before they leave WiFi behind) through the Land Buddy exchange at Off-Grid.net.

Low tech, but handy, off-grid washing machine.

Land Buddy makes it easier to find a piece of real estate where you can set up your fully sustainable existence. You can connect with someone looking to share a spot, or find someone advertising a place to sell. This isn’t Real Estate.com, and it isn’t for everybody, obviously. Even today, with oil wells destroying vast ocean ecosystems and the Arctic melting faster than a popsicle on a barbecue, only a tiny minority of people are moving off grid.

However, the site’s founder and author Nick Rosen says the website enjoys some 75,000 visitors every month. And as the off-grid community grows, so has the technology that’s making it even easier to support an off-grid lifestyle.

Off-Grid.net carries articles about everything you’ll need to exist off the existing power structure, from solar panels to a homemade washing machine constructed from a bucket and a plunger.

Another project of Off-Grid’s is suspiciously high tech. It involves an exchange that will require powering a video recorder and a computer. In the manner of filmmaker Ridley Scott’s plan to document Life in a Day (next week by the way), Off-Grid is asking people to send in video clips of their daily unplugged lives. (And yes, we understand you can operate a video camera while OFF grid, using alternative power generation.)

This offshoot of Life in a Day, aims to collect home video of the various ways people have found to get off commercial electricity. It should be an eye-opener for those of us on the grid, as well as a resource for off-gridders to share best practices.

Here’s a sample submission by a TV producer who moved off-grid in Colorado.


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