Are we going to need outhouses in our future

The vanishing outhouse By Tom Kovach A person recently wrote to a large Midwest newspapers’ advice column asking for information about outdoor privies. It seems that this person’s family inherited a log cabin from out of the 1930s and it came with no indoor plumbing. Instead there was an outhouse. But the problem with the […] Read more »

How To Build An Underground, Off-Grid, Virtually Indestructible Home

We have all heard the one about how if you dig a hole straight down into the earth, eventually you come out the other side of the planet in China. While theoretically this might be true, in the real world it would not be possible. If the tremendous pressures you would encounter didn’t do you […] Read more »

Cool Affordable Battery Pack coming from TESLA

Tesla Motors Announces Plans for Affordable Battery Pack that Could Power Entire Home for Two Days I’ve heard about there car and how cool it is going from 0-60 in 2 sec. without a sound, I guess this would be the battery to give it much longer range. In a bold move by Tesla Motors, […] Read more »

The Skills of Our Ancestors

Before the existence of modern day conveniences like electricity, water treatment, air conditioning, mass food production, and just-in-time transportation delivery systems people still lived long and healthy lives. For thousands of years humanity has thrived on knowledge that has been passed down from parent to child, teacher to student, and master to apprentice. ##Food Storage, […] Read more »

What if the electricity GOES OFF?

Issue #55 • January/February, 1999 of Backwoods Home Magazine Just as everyone was getting ready to throw the party of the century and millennium—out with the old and in with the new—someone springs Y2K on us. Power outages, banking woes, communication breakdowns, and even economic collapse are some of the predictions I’ve heard. There is […] Read more »

How To Make An Earth Battery

Never heard of this before so I thought I had better save it. This is from I knew from watching a documentary a few years ago that the ancient folks of Baghdad made batteries from earth. They are called the Baghdad batteries and have been dated to over 2000 years old. I don’t know why, […] Read more »

Sustainable Off Grid Living In A Safari Tent

Nice tent, if your going to live in the outdoors might as well be comfortable. Do you love going into the middle of nature for longer than a short weekend? If you’re among those who enjoy going to the mountain or the forest for adventures, not just relaxation, then the Barebones Safari Tent (<- available here) is […] Read more »

Going Low-Tech to Prep for an EMP

The Big Blackout: Why I’m Going Low-Tech to Prep for an EMP We’ve all read many articles about the likelihood of grid failure. We’ve been warned again and again that it isn’t a matter of if, but when, it happens. Because of this, a lot of people are preparing for a very different future.  Folks are getting ready for […] Read more »