Archive for Energy Alternatives
Wood Burning 101 and Alternatives
Host: Lynna “The Other side… A Preppers Path”
The wood burning stove or more affectionately the wood stove was a mainstay and center of many a home, giving up dominance as a necessary appliance in the home to the likes of coal, natural gas and electricity. The woodstove gradually lost its dominance on the heating scene bit by bit with the passing years and inventions, the stove and its predecessor the fireplace became more an aesthetic decoration rather than the efficient appliance it is, being relegated to the alternative section. Read More→
Ethanol to Alcohol, Distill Your Own!
Host: Nick & Don “We Grow Ours”
Can you make your own fuel – at home?
“Make Your Own Fuel! Alcohol Fuel Basics What if there were a fuel that was affordable, renewable, and produced right in your own community? If you’d lived 100 years ago, you would have known all about such a fuel. It was called alcohol, and it was a clean-burning fluid generally sold as lamp fuel. Only recently have we taken a renewed look at alcohol fuel — now more commonly known as ethanol — and its potential as a domestically sourced fuel for transportation. Read More→
Well-Appointed Prepper Homestead Part III
Host: Renee “The Homestead Honey Hour”
This week on the Homestead Honey Hour I’ll be concluding by discussing the Barn and Barnyard as well as all those things that come under the category of Miscellaneous. Whether you already keep livestock on your place, are thinking of adding something new, or are just in the planning stages with getting animals – you’re bound to hear something you hadn’t thought of having on hand and will realize you really should have. Read More→
All About Solar Power
Host: Don & Nick “We Grow Ours”
This week on wegrowours, we talk to Chris Frye from AEI (Alternative Energy Inc,) about solar. Chris knows his stuff! If you are considering putting solar onto your home as an alternative energy source, or maybe as part of you preparedness plan, Chris is your guy. Chris has owned Alternative Energy Inc. for the last 14 years and has built a successful business not only from residential solar but commercial as well. Working around the world and with many non-profits he cares about his customers and the industry. Last week’s roofing company may be today’s solar company! We learn what to look out for when picking a company to install your solar system, we also discuss financing options that come along with the solar industry and how people may sell you a plan that could prevent you from selling your own home. Chris also talks about a commonly overlooked way to save you thousands on your solar install. Read More→
A growing number of preparedness items that the typical prepper has in their kits are run by batteries. From Iphones to AM/FM radios to ham HT’s and flashlights, these low power devices need juice. There are several ways to keep them charged, either with their built in batteries or with rechargeable NiMH cells. So just what is the best way to keep the power up in all those devices? Read More→
Bread, the life giving staple of humanity
Host: Dean “The Prepared Canadian”
Bread is often referred to as the life giving staple of humanity. Every culture on earth has its own version and they feed it to prisoner’s right? Well, OK, maybe that last part is just folklore, but let’s face it, there simply is no better way to enjoy all that peanut butter and homemade jam you have stored up in the pantry.
The problem is…how can you make bread during or just after a disaster? The stores are closed, the power is out, and the stove doesn’t work! Well, there are a few ways you can turn your stored up flour into golden loaves.
This week we’ll talk about different ways t make bread with or without yeast. I’ll discuss ways to use a simple bread machine and which setting work best. If you simply can’t generate power for a bread machine, don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to get your daily loaf such as sourdough. I’ll tell you how to capture wild yeast in a simple mixture of flour and water, but if that doesn’t work out for you, I have a cheat tip to help it along. Read More→
Sipping hot cocoa while contemplating the day ahead a chill pervaded the room. Glancing at the outdoor thermometer revealed the reason, 42 degrees and only September 5th. The realization that I better get the stove pipe repaired now, hit me. Autumn is on the way and in the natural course of things winter follows and temperatures drop. Autumn also the start of a new school year had me thinking about energy education. I belong to an electric cooperative which has a great publication called Northern Lights Ruralite containing all sorts of articles on tips for energy savings and the like. A monthly publication I routinely peruse during mornings like today. The article catching my eye this morn, was written by Hailey Hawkins called Become a Student of Savings and was directed at college students. The information Hailey supplied is valuable and without risking plagiarism I want to forward some of the tips on to you. While her article specifically focused on college students I found the tips beneficial for all of us.
The monthly budget is a concern for all of us and winter as beautiful as it is usually means a substantial increase in expenses. Energy being chief among the culprits of my dollars a plan of defense is in order. Often when reading about energy savings the writer starts off with the basics such as turning down the thermometer to 68 during living hours and 60 at bedtime or when away, while this is a very valid tip and in actuality I did begin with it I want to bring up a few things you may not have thought about. Read More→