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Colorado county criminalizes self-reliance: Off-grid living punished like a crime

Daniel Barker, October 20, 2015
There was a time in America — and not so long ago — when there was no "grid," at least for those who lived outside of urban centers.

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How to build an inexpensive solar-powered water heater

By Barker: (NaturalNews) Increasing one's self-sufficiency offers a range of benefits beyond simply being ready for a SHTF situation. Many of the steps you can take towards being prepared for a disaster scenario are also helpful in terms of saving money now and reducing dependency on external sources of power.

Another great thing about being a prepper and a do-it-yourselfer is the rewarding feeling of successfully building something that not only works but also makes sense in terms of economics and survival.

Learn how to keep your greenhouse warm while staying off-grid

By Barker: (NaturalNews) Keeping your greenhouse warm during the winter months can be a real challenge, especially if you don't want to use electricity to maintain adequate temperature levels. Germinating and growing plants in the cold season can be particularly difficult, especially when the nighttime temperatures plummet.

Even if you're willing to use electricity for germinating mats or to heat the air in your greenhouse, fuel costs can quickly become prohibitive, especially if your greenhouse (like many) is not so well-insulated.