Some people may not know what off-the-grid or off-grid means, so here it is --- The term off-the-grid or off-grid refers to living in a self-sufficient manner without reliance on one or more public utilities.

Off-grid living is no longer a one room log cabin in the woods. It's energy independency. You don't have to rely on utility companies, you create your own power. Today, there are more than 180,000 off-grid homes in the US.

Saturday, January 19, 2013


2:17 pm - 53 degrees - gorgeous warm winter day...

Back in August Tony had a DNR (Department of Natural Resources) Fire Forester guy come out to look at our place and let us know how we would fare if a wildfire came through.  {click here}  Before he left he gave us a bunch of information on how to make the defensible space around our home even better.

Going through all the paperwork he gave us, a little extra research online, and talking about what we still needed to do around our house, we decided to apply for a permit to clear a dozen or so trees and underbrush.  After numerous phone calls and emails, five months later we have a wood permit in hand.  This will give us our ideal defensible space around our home (and an extra bonus of more sunlight in the winter months).

So in addition to finishing up the screenings (yes we’re still working on that) {click here}, Tony has now started to fall a few trees.
Tony's using his Stihl with the 32" bar

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