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The Everything Guide to Living Off the Grid: A Back-to-Basics Manual for Independent Living

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Do you want to have electricity and hot water at any time, no matter what's going on outside your property? Do you want to have more control over the things you eat and how they are processed? Do you want your family safe from the worries of a bad economy and crime?

If you answered "yes" to these questions, then living off the grid may be for you. Although living off the gr
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 18th 2011 by Everything (first published June 4th 2011)
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R. C.
May 08, 2015 rated it liked it
This book features so very much white space, and generous use of bullet points, with a personal anecdote every three lines or so (neatly set apart from the factual text with more white space and bullet points). This is a strategy I have only seen deployed in math textbooks for extremely mathphobic, special needs, elementary school children. It does manage to hit all the big points, but so basically and briefly that you'll want to use this book like a list of stuff to look up. Kudos to the author ...more
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book really does cover every relevant topic to off grid living and homesteading. It gives the basics of all the information one would need making this a great go to guide for anyone interested in this lifestyle. When the book chooses not to go further in depth on a topic, it provides resources for where to further research the information, making this a great book of resources as well. It had short easy to read paragraphs packed with information, making it a quick read, while also providing ...more
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was disappointing to me as it was not specific enough. If you are looking for a broad outline of issues that will need to be addressed in order to go off the grid, then this book may be helpful to you. If you want details about how this is done, then you will be disappointed, as I was. Not only was it short on details, it was also short on resources to go to in order to get more information. Hopefully, there are better books than this on the subject.
Karla Winick-Ford
Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it
If your in to this kinda stuff,... it may be ok
Little far out there

Perpetuates the hoarder tendencies and prepped problems were being faced with in society

You could spend better time reading the encyclopedia
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: preparedness
Any time you want to learn something, you have two choices in books:
1. Detailed book about one piece of the process or idea. Good for in-depth knowledge but time-consuming because you need to know exactly what you are looking for.
2. General book that is an overview of the whole thing. Good for figuring out what you need to know but not dig enough to cover anything in depth.

This is the second type and it did a nice job. Simple summaries about eerything and it can point readers into the right dire
Sep 07, 2011 rated it liked it
I picked this up out of curiosity when I spotted it on the library's new non-fiction shelf. I didn't read it cover to cover, as I was only interested in the green-living sections. Overall, it seemed fairly comprehensive for the DIY purist looking for escape. ...more
Aug 09, 2012 rated it liked it
im sure its a good book, but it couldnt keep my interest.
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Mostly food for thought, and general guidelines. Not a lot of nitty gritty details, so I wouldn't call it an "Everything Guide". ...more
Dec 21, 2012 rated it liked it
pretty good-- not terribly in-depth, but gives lots of ideas and resources as well as things to think about that might not have occurred to me otherwise.
Skimmed. Good resource to refer back to when needed.
Tamara Macdougall
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting read!
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Wasn't quite the step-by-step guide I was looking for. This book's premise still relies heavily on common currency exchange. ...more
Dec 19, 2015 marked it as reference
I will have to come back to this if/ when I'm serious about moving. It doesn't go into a lot of detail about anything, but certainly gives the reader lots to consider and research further. ...more
Nov 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book reads more like a checklist for wishful thinkers than something useful.
Jan 14, 2014 rated it liked it
An good overview book, with information on followup resources.
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