Posts tagged ‘sustainable living’

Installing Solar Power in a Pop-up Camper


Heating & Cooking Taken Care of With One Appliance – No Electricity Needed

In our quest to become ever-more self-sustainable and wean ourselves off of dependence on others, we are constantly looking for ways to cut costs. By this time next year, we hope to be living almost totally self-sustainably and one of the things we will be purchasing is this: a pot belly wood-burning stove. It takes care of heating and cooking. This one is rated to heat 800 sq ft but a gentleman commented saying that it heats his 2000 sq ft home with no problem.


Woman Builds Tiny House for $11,000. She is FREE.

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Macy Miller is an architect from Idaho that had a BIG dream about a tiny house. She had always wanted a place of her own, but the thought of a mortgage sickened her after she lost her home to foreclosure after getting divorced. So, her dream revolved around building a compact, but beautiful home. For two years, Macy worked on the 196 square-foot home, dedicating her free time to building the small paradise. Finally, construction has finished on her little hideaway… and it’s hard not to be jealous of this place, no matter how small it looks on the outside. After all, it only cost about $11,000.

Now, after getting divorced and losing her house to foreclosure, Macy Miller has followed her dream and is free. We can’t help but respect that!


Dreaming of Alaska

As the year wears on and things get more and more unacceptable here in this country, I have been thinking more and more about moving to Alaska. (Yes, Alaska is still part of the U.S. but it is not part of the continental U.S.) I’ve wanted to move to Alaska since I was a kid; it’s got everything I love. It’s beautiful, it’s rugged, it’s got the beach and kenaithe mountains. It’s got wildlife, it’s got meadows. It’s got everything. So I’ve decided that it’s time to make my dream a reality.

I’m looking at Homer, on the Kenai Peninsula. It is a bigger city (for Alaska) but still affordable, unlike Anchorage or Juneau. My goal is to move to Alaska and stay closer to the city at first until I am certain that I can survive on a homestead and then transition to a more remote location. It is not an easy life and it is not for everyone; just because you want to do something doesn’t mean you can do it. We purchased a home here in the Pittsburgh area which we are rehabbing and will then rent out, so we do have something to come back to if we cannot make it in Alaska.

The plan is for my husband and mother to work (we are planning to take the whole family) so that I can take care of the gardening, animals and home chores since I know the most about those things. We plan on growing as much food as possible, raising chickens and owning a cow for fresh milk. We will also be hunting. Not fishing though; the ocean is far too dirty to eat any fish from any body of water, especially with what is going on in Japan.

This is not something that can happen overnight; it is a many-step project that will require a lot of money to succeed. It requires months of research, preparation, planning, double-checking, commitment and it still might not work. But the very first step is to decide to do it and we have.

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