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Off the Grid Water Pump – Simple Pump

| January 2, 2015 | 5 Comments
simple pump

simple pump

I was at a party describing our off grid dream when one of the men piped up and said “I know a product you just have to check out”. Hence our introduction to “the Simple Pump”.

We’ve read every part of the Simple Pump website and are very excited to have been introduced to this pumping system that will work very well for our off the grid clean water requirements.

Key Reasons We Like It:

  • The pump can operate on a single solar panel (most competitors products require more power and therefore more panels)
  • It has a hand pumping option.
  • There are choices of systems and none are overwhelming to understand.

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Wonder Wash Hand Crank Washing Machine – Video

| August 29, 2012 | 0 Comments
wonder wash

wonder wash

A hand crank washing machine? Are we crazy? Not really. This is what sustainability and off grid lifestyle means to us. This is a hand crank washing machine we have found and will be using to do our washing. It uses no electricity and two minutes of hand cranking per load. What this means is that washing clothes will become one of our regular daily chores. We won’t let our clothes pile up. The climate we are going to is such that this will work.

This video demonstrates just how simple it is to use and how little time it actually takes to complete a load.

The Wonder Wash is priced between $42 to $50 online, so is very reasonable considering the task it is helping with … electricity free.

Oh and we’ll use an off grid air dryer to dry the clothes, again electricity free!

thanks for the post to – WonderWash Demo – YouTube.



Houses Made of Books

| August 15, 2012 | 5 Comments

I wonder if you could actually live in a house made of books … thanks to

Miler Lagos’ Awesome Book Igloo Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

for this incredible how to article …

book igloo house

igloo house made of books

traditional book house

traditional book house


3D Printer Will Change our World

| July 30, 2012 | 0 Comments
3D parts can be made for anything

3D parts can be made for anything

This weekend I made an amazing new discovery that will enhance our ability to take care of our selves – the 3D printer. Apparently not new technology but new to us definitely. Let me explain why this machine is so functionally important.

When something breaks so many times it ends up in the trash – why? because the parts are either too hard to get, we are too lazy to get them or they are unavailable.

With this 3D printer you can make anything that will fit on the tray – out of a hard plastic. It is what they refer to as additive printer. Once a template is created (and there are tons of open source ones available) you put it into the computer and hit start … the printer then makes the part out of a hard durable plastic.

This means for us, that we can replicate hard to get parts and really be self-sufficient. An X-Box  scanner is used to copy the data into the computer, so the detail is exact. The size of the needles used control the resolution for precision; this is amazing accessible technology.

The unit is called the “Replicator” and it retails for approximately $1,000.

Practically speaking it could be the best tool we’ll ever have. When we source it we’ll link you to it but for now an expert.

I want to thank John Biehler for taking the time to demo and explain the 3D printer system and scanner so well.

More details are available at his site: | Your source for 3D printed parts and objects.


Bike Power for Flour

| July 19, 2012 | 1 Comment

Biking to make flour? This looks like a lot of hard work but amazing the product that comes from pedal power!

Special thanks to for the photo and their hard work!Bike Power for Flour