Articles With "off-grid" Tag

Home Atop a Fire Tower


We’ve seen quite a few ingenious tiny houses, but this Fire Tower home is certainly one of the coolest. About two years ago, Dabney Tompkins and Alan Colley decided to quit their jobs and make a fire lookout station into their full time home. Their home really is a “treehouse without a tree” as they like to call it.

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Super Affordable Off Grid Tiny Home in Hawaii


This gorgeous tiny home in one of the most beautiful places in the world, namely Hawaii, was built by tiny house builder and dressmaker Kristie Wolfe from Boise, Idaho. A few years ago she built another tiny home, called Tiny House on the Prairie, in which she has been living in since. The money she saved by downsizing has now allowed her to build this second, off-the-grid tiny home, which she plans to use as primarily a vacation home.

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The Greenest Home in the World [Video]

I was noodling some recent journalist potshots about headlines for “the greenest …” when I landed on this video piece from the Nightly News. NBC’s Kiko Itasaki wonders if this home in Unst, one of the northern Shetland Islands of Scotland, is the greenest in the world. Everyone knows the question has no answer, but I think Michael and Dorothy Rea have accomplished something worth noticing that’s for sure.

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Whisper Turbines Refreshed by Southwest

Southwest Windpower, maker of the small-wind turbine Skystream, just announced a refreshed Whisper line of turbines for battery-charging applications including off-grid residential homes.  The Whisper 100 (7′ diameter) has the potential to generate up to 100 kWh per month at 12 mph; the Whisper 200 (9′ diameter) has the potential to generate up to 200 kWh per month at 12 mph; and the Whisper 500 (15′ diameter) has the potential to generate up to 538 kWh per month at 12 mph.

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Solar Shipping Container House in Colorado

This is a solar-powered shipping container house in Nederland, Colorado.  It was designed by Studio H:T and completed in 2010 with two shipping containers that straddle a social and open central area with the kitchen, living room, and a loft, according to ArchDaily.  Studio H:T designed to award-winning home to be off-grid with a combination of solar orientation, passive cooling, a green roof, pellet-stove heating, and solar PV.

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Eco Airstream On The Green Road

Cece Reinhardt and Brenda Daugherty decided to renovate a 2003 Airstream Safari with eco-friendly materials and convert their used diesel truck to a veggie oil machine to get “On the Green Road” in style.  They enlisted sponsors and finished the conversion and renovation.  They also embarked on a mission to get rid of everything that they don’t need or use, and will show people how they’re living off the grid.

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