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Foraging as a Way of Life + Pickled Onionweed Recipe
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Foraging as a Way of Life + Pickled Onionweed Recipe
In my early 20s, while living in the Swiss/Italian Alps I fell headfirst into the wonderful wild world of foraging and folk herbalism. I was instantly drawn to the beautiful, scented wildflowers, w...
GF Connections - Interview with Elite Tiny Homes
 
GF Connections - Interview with Elite Tiny Homes
There's a whole lot more to living off grid than just setting up solar. So today we're starting a new series where we visit other off-grid friendly businesses that you might encounter in your off-g...
Living Off the Grid: 9 Surprises and Misconceptions
 
Living Off the Grid: 9 Surprises and Misconceptions
Thinking about going off the grid in New Zealand? We had a chat with some off-gridders to hear all about what surprised them most when they moved off grid, and what misconceptions they would like t...
What is a kilowatt hour?
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What is a kilowatt hour?
If you’ve started looking into solar, kilowatt hours (kWh) is a term you’ve probably seen – but what does it mean and how do you use this term to find the right solar solution? This article will br...
Effects of Shadow on Solar Panels
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Effects of Shadow on Solar Panels
Occasionally customers will call us wondering why they can’t seem to fully charge their batteries despite having plenty of sunshine - more often than not, there’s a shadow being cast on their panel...
Tips for Conserving Water Off-Grid Over Summer
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Tips for Conserving Water Off-Grid Over Summer
With a much drier season expected this summer, it’s important to be prepared for the lack of rainfall we’ll have over the next several months, so here are some quick tips for reducing your water us...
Best Appliances for Off Grid Living
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Best Appliances for Off Grid Living
Going off the grid and trying to work out what the best appliances will be? By choosing the most efficient appliances you can cut down on your electricity use quite significantly, which will in tur...
Tips for Going Off Grid in a Tiny House
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Tips for Going Off Grid in a Tiny House
If you’ve chosen to go tiny in your off-grid journey, we’ve got a couple tips and suggestions to help with the planning! 
How to Use Our Load Calculator
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How to Use Our Load Calculator
Here's simple explanation of what numbers to enter in the Load Calculator.
How to choose a backup generator
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How to choose a backup generator
A generator is a key part of any off grid setup. If you run into a set of rainy days with no solar generation or you just use too much power, you'll need something to use as a backup.
What is Solar Pumping?
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What is Solar Pumping?
Solar water pumps are usually to replace on-demand pumps such as petrol or mains pumps - saving on bills and time.
How to Look After Off Grid Solar Batteries
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How to Look After Off Grid Solar Batteries
Batteries are a key component in all our off grid solar kits. They are also your biggest investment, so it is very important to look after them to maximise their lifespan!

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