How to Live Off Grid by Nick Rosen
How To Live Off Grid By Nick Rosen
A review of How to Live Off Grid - Journeys Outside the System by Nick Rosenhome
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In How to Live Off-Grid
, Nick Rosen investigates the possibilities and difficulties of living an off-grid
lifestyle with no mains water and no mains power. It is not a typical How To
guide to off-gridding although the book is packed with useful information. Instead the main focus of the book is on real people living an off-grid life - their motivations, their struggles, their problems, and their solutions.
In the 120 page Chapter 4: Meet the People
, Nick Rosen tells the story of his own journey around the UK in his newly purchased off-grid
camper van meeting off-gridders from all walks of life who are living off-grid
with varying levels of success and for a range of different reasons.
These short stories give a fascinating look into the often difficult world of the off-gridder: seemingly a constant struggle against council planners
, and the elements. Living an off-grid existence is rarely easy, but is shown to be hugely fulfilling.
The rest of the book comprises chapters on generating power
, obtaining water
, and building shelter
. In addition a chapter entitled We Were All Off Grid Once
tells the story of how we ended up on-grid in the first place and looks into the main motivations for people to move off-grid today.
Of most interest to the majority of REUK.co.uk visitors is the Chapter 8: Get Serious Energy for Life
. This is a good if basic introduction to domestic renewable energy
(including solar water heating
, and hydro
are all covered as are batteries
, power inverters
The importance of water to any off-gridder is also covered with a few pages on rainwater harvesting
, compost toilets
, and natural springs and bore holes. There is an excellent full page illustration (p233) of the complete power and water system used by one of the off-gridders visited by the author.
How to Live Off-Grid
is information packed and very easy and entertaining to read. The real world practicalities of living off-grid in the UK today are well covered in this unique and well researched book.
The author of How to Live Off-Grid, Nick Rosen
, is a journalist and broadcaster currently based in London. He is also the editor of the Off-Grid.net
website on which extracts from the book
can be read and further information about Off-Grid living
Buy a Copy of the Book
Click here to buy a copy of How to Live Off-Grid
by Nick Rosen
from Amazon.co.uk. RRP is £12.99
however it is usually available at 30% off at £9.09
Article Last Modified: 08:43, 29th Sep 2007
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