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Electric Assist Bicycle Trailer: Solar Power With Popup Tent


So you are planning a cross country tour by bicycle, but you have a lot of gear to bring along.  How are you going to make it up those long mountain grades?  With an electric assist bicycle trailer of course!  And where are you going to get that electricity?  From the sun! Watch as this couple builds the bicycle trailer that will allow them to pursue their dreams.  Not only does this solar trailer charge the batteries for the electric assist motor, it also has storage space for all of their gear as well as a popup tent.  This is how you experience freedom!

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Electric Assist Bicycle Trailer


Solar Air Heater

Solar Air Heater

Solar Air HeaterIf the high price of energy is getting you down as much or more than the cold weather is, then maybe try a solar air heater to help offset the cost of your home heating system.  This video from desertsun02 will show you how easy it’s done.

Of course you’ll need a south facing side of your home for installation (north facing if you live in the southern hemisphere). You’ll also need adequate exposure to the sun.  The fewer obstructions you have, the better. Objects such as buildings, trees, and mountains, can block the sunlight you need. has a tool that can help you for determining the amount and angle of sunlight that you have to work with.

Once you’ve determined the right location for your Solar Air Heater, you can begin construction.   The concept is quite simple, and there are many design variations that can be found on the web. The system draws in cooler air from a bottom vent into a box.  Inside the box is where the air is warmed up from the heat of the sun. It then passes through a top vent and back into your home.

The heated air temperatures coming from the top vent can reach as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than outside air.   If you have a well insulated home, even a small to medium sized unit can make a big difference.

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Mother news has this great article on how to build a solar air heater.

Here’s another great article on solar air heaters from Exposing The Truth

Here’s a DIY Solar Heater Instruction Manual that you can download (Get a Free kindle app here)

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Wood fired hot tub

Wood fired hot tub

wood fired hot tubWhy go without amenities such as hot water just because you are off grid?

If you are going to live the off-grid lifestyle and still enjoy those amenities, you need to consider all of your resources such as sun, wind, hydro,  in this case wood.   Watch this video from Misty Prepper for a simple DIY design for a hot water tub.

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Mother Earth News has this good article on using your wood stove as a hot water heater.

Instructables also has this great article on building your own wood fired hot tub

You might also want to check out the Woodburner’s Companion for practical ways of heating with wood.


The Importance of Backup Generators

backup generatorsBy A. Page

Whether you’re a homeowner or business owner, backup generators are essential survival tools for your homes or businesses.  If the power goes out in your home, obvious dangers present themselves.  This can be as simple as no lights, or as horrid as no stove to cook meals on, or worse yet, the food in the refrigerator.  From the business standpoint, interruptions to your functionality can cost you some serious cash.  Additionally, your business may utilize machinery that needs to function regularly to avoid damage.

Generally speaking, two main types of backup generators are available for purchase:

Portable Generator

These backup generators are smaller, thus portable. Easily moved from the garage to the home, you won’t have to plan where you’ll keep this generator. They can be more cost efficient for the homeowner, as you can plug a few things into these generators. Businesses would require much more pull for support, but this option is ideal for homeowners.  Portable generators are fueled by gasoline, so you should be sure to have carbon monoxide detectors in place.

Standby Generator

Standby generators can be quite the investment, but are ideal for businesses.  These backup generators are permanent additions to your office or workplace, and can support much more than a portable generator.  You won’t have to haul this generator anywhere, so the power-up is immediate.  However, similar concerns for carbon monoxide levels should be considered.  Propane, diesel, or gasoline are the main fuel of these generators, and if they are not properly vented you may hear the detector going off.

At home or at work, an emergency generator can seriously improve any power outage when it occurs.  Whatever your use, the goal is to keep your employees or families safe, and your business or home running as usual.  The investment is well worth the security.