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Archive for Energy Alternatives

May
03

Wood Burning 101 and Alternatives!

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Wood Burning 101 and  Alternatives
Host: Lynna “The Other side… A Preppers Path

Wood Burning 1903-2TThe 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→

Mar
31

Ethanol to Alcohol, Distill Your Own!

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Ethanol to Alcohol, Distill Your Own!
Host: Nick & Don “We Grow Ours

Can you make your own fuel – at home?
Ethanol“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→

Mar
27

Well-Appointed Prepper Homestead Part III

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Well-Appointed Prepper Homestead Part III
Host: Renee “The Homestead Honey Hour”

HomesteadThis 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→

Mar
03

All About Solar Power!

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All About Solar Power
Host: Don & Nick “We Grow Ours”

Solar PowerThis 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→

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Mar
01

Devices for Survival!

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Devices for Survival!
Host: Denob “The Prepared Canadian”
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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→

Feb
22

Gourmet Preppers and Solar Physics!

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Gourmet Preppers and Solar Physics!
Hosts: Gary L. & Gee’sBoo ‘The Road Less Traveled’

GourmetWelcome to this week’s outing on “The Road Less Traveled with GaryL and GGsBoo. On this excursion we’ll continue focusing on some of the intricacies of Prepping from our perspectives with an emphasis on psychological preparedness being quite important to our overall efforts. Learning exactly who and what we really are and the nature of our surroundings are essential to being psychologically prepared.

2-22 Roberta's sewing roomGGsBoo will share some of her “secret” gourmet menus for the Prepper Gourmets and will discuss her sewing room and maybe some of her projects!

GaryL will discuss some solar physics, how it could have a dramatic effect on Prepping citing some previous examples, and why radio communications could be very important. Also, as time allows, he’ll continue the discussion on energy, frequency, and vibration. Read More→

Feb
16

Cooking Without Power!

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Cooking Without Power!
Host: Lynna “The Other Side… A Preppers Path”

CookingMost of us are always looking for alternatives to the grid and resources that are inexpensive or free. There are all sorts of gadgets out there mixed in with some really inventive, efficient and renewable products and solutions.

Who hasn’t been sitting in a car, windows up, on a winter day and become overheated from the sun pouring in the window. It has always amazed me how much heat is generated from reflection of the sun’s rays alone. There really ought to be a way to harness this incredible free power source to benefit us all…. Yes I know the Solar Industry was born long ago, but until recently the real potential of this resource hasn’t really been touched. Read More→

Feb
01

Bread, the life giving staple of humanity!

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Bread, the life giving staple of humanity
Host: Dean “The Prepared Canadian”

breadBread 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.

breadThis 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→

Oct
19

Power, Living Without!

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Power, Living Without 
Host: Denob “The Prepared Canadian”
PowerLet’s face it, our power grid is unreliable.  In the face of disaster, it’s almost inevitably the first system of support we lose.  Even with relatively minor incidents such as snow storms or moderate wind, the electricity goes out, leaving us in the dark, with no refrigeration, heat, or working stove to cook on.  So how many of us have truly considered the impact of an extended power failure?  There are several options that can give us varying degrees of power for varying lengths of time, but how do you decide on what option to choose? Read More→

Lynna 100Sipping 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 Light bulbeducation. 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→