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Brilliant DIY Off-Grid Water Heater Using a Rocket Stove – No Propane!
 
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This is a brilliant DIY hack for creating an off-grid water heater with just a simple handmade rocket stove, water barrel, and copper pipes! No pump! No propane! It was built by a couple of incredible people we met last summer, Sebastien and Isabelle. They're passionate about reconnecting with the earth and finding sustainable ways to live. One of their hobbies is experimenting with rocket stoves and making them function as a cooktop, a heat source, and sometimes even as a hot water heater. A rocket stove is a simple stove with 3 openings: the one at the bottom for building your fire, the middle one is to feed wood to the fire, and the one at the top is a chimney. By winding copper pipes inside the cob walls of the chimney, water in the pipes is heated up and circulated from the water barrel, around the rocket stove, and back into the barrel by a process called: thermosiphon. According to Wikipedia, a thermo syphon "is a method of passive heat exchange, based on natural convection, which circulates a fluid without the necessity of a mechanical pump." Our minds were blown when we learned about this passive heat exchange that didn't require electricity or propane! This is their first prototype and they're hoping to refine the system this year. Now that they know it works, they're hoping to use an insulated hot water tank that will keep the water warm for longer (and avoid using a plastic barrel to heat water). This will eventually be an outdoor shower for them. Sebastien and Isabelle from La Nature à l'État Pur are creating some incredible living spaces, and are offering opportunities for people to come relax in nature and to learn off-grid living techniques. Check out their website to find out more: http://lebaston.wixsite.com/ecodome And check out the video we created about their SuperAdobe Eco Dome Home here: https://youtu.be/_8IEuKECttM Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------- Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- SUBTITLES AND CLOSED CAPTIONS ------------------------------------------------------------- A very special thank you to our subtitle and closed captions contributors! If you would like to contribute subtitles or closed captions to an Exploring Alternatives video, please click here to see which ones need your help: http://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_panel?c=UC8EQAfueDGNeqb1ALm0LjHA&tab=2 To learn how to create and submit subtitles and closed captions, check out this YouTube info page: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6054623 If you would like credit for your subtitles, translation, or closed captions in the description of the video, please email us with your full name, the language of your translation, and the video title that you worked on. You can email us at: [email protected] ------------------------------------------------------------- SPONSORS ------------------------------------------------------------- We occasionally include paid sponsor messages/integrations in our videos to help fund the channel. We do our best to work with companies and organizations that offer products or services that are in line with our values, and that we think would be interesting and useful to our viewers. We will always disclose if we’re promoting products that were given to us for free, or if we’re including a sponsored message in our video. For business or sponsorship inquiries, please email us at [email protected] ------------------------------------------------------------- VIDEO CREDITS ------------------------------------------------------------- Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Editing Credits: Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives Filming Credits: Mat of Exploring Alternatives
Views: 436541 Exploring Alternatives
Hand-Built Teardrop Camper Trailer with Solar Power & Running Water - Perfect Mini RV
 
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In this video, we take a tour of a 5'x8' teardrop travel trailer that was built by a family-run business in Ontario, Canada called The Teardrop Trailer. The founder, Steve, found out about teardrop trailers when he was searching online for hotdog carts he could buy to become a beach bum but he fell in love with teardrop trailers instead. Since they were so expensive to buy, he decided to build one for himself and his wife, Mandy. But when he lost his job shortly afterwards, he was forced to sell his teardrop trailer and in doing so, ended up generating enough interest in his design that he started building them in his own backyard, and just a year later, they've moved to a shop so they can build their tiny trailers on demand. Their teardrop trailers have a 100 Watt solar panel on the roof to power electronics, fans, an electric cooler, and a water pump. The interior is cozy and comfortable and has ventilation from the side door screens, and the screen at the back to keep fresh air flowing in. In the back of the trailer, there's a full kitchen with a sink, cooler, dishes & cutlery, a cooking element, kettle, and more. These mini RV trailers are so lightweight that they can be pulled with most small cars which is pretty neat because not everyone has a big truck or SUV to tow a camper behind them. While most people would probably be interested in a teardrop trailer for their vintage cachet, or for shorter camping trips, Mat and I had fun imagining if we'd be able to live in a small space like this for an extended period of time and I think we could probably make it work for a few months at least :) Steve, Mandy, and his Mom build these trailers by hand and they really inspired us with their passion for these tiny hand-built structures, and for the outdoors that they're always exploring in their own trailer. To find out more about Steve's trailers, and to follow their day-to-day production, check out: http://www.theteardroptrailer.com https://www.instagram.com/theteardroptrailer/ Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------ Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat Dubé of Exploring Alternatives.
Views: 228825 Exploring Alternatives
Minimalism for Beginners – 6 Easy Tips on How To Downsize Your Stuff
 
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Our Minimalist Apartment Tour: https://youtu.be/-ZC3D82MTOo Downsizing your stuff is a great way to simplify your life and make time and space for the things that matter to you. In this video we're sharing our 6 best tips for beginners to help you with the transition into a minimalist lifestyle. Tip 1: Set a Goal Tip 2: Trust Your Instincts Tip 3: Set Aside Your Favourite Things Tip 4: Choose a Downsizing Method Tip 5: Downsize Responsibly Tip 6: Change Your Consumption Habits We hope this video helps make downsizing an easier, more accessible process. We know it can be hard, but with some planning, goal setting, and a lot of listening to your instincts, we think minimalism can help a lot of people in many positive ways. We've benefitted from minimalism because it's made it easier for us to move around, travel, clean less, save more money, and consume less stuff. Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------- Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- SUBTITLES AND CLOSED CAPTIONS ------------------------------------------------------------- A very special thank you to our subtitle and closed captions contributors! Portuguese closed captions translated by Lívia Monteiro Silva Korean closed captions translated by Gaedong Kim If you would like to contribute subtitles or closed captions to an Exploring Alternatives video, please click here to see which ones need your help: http://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_panel?c=UC8EQAfueDGNeqb1ALm0LjHA&tab=2 To learn how to create and submit subtitles and closed captions, check out this YouTube info page: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6054623 If you would like credit for your subtitles, translation, or closed captions in the description of the video, please email us with your full name, the language of your translation, and the video title that you worked on. You can email us at: [email protected] ------------------------------------------------------------- SPONSORS ------------------------------------------------------------- We occasionally include paid sponsor messages/integrations in our videos to help fund the channel. We do our best to work with companies and organizations that offer products or services that are in line with our values, and that we think would be interesting and useful to our viewers. We will always disclose if we’re promoting products that were given to us for free, or if we’re including a sponsored message in our video. For business or sponsorship inquiries, please email us at [email protected] ------------------------------------------------------------- VIDEO CREDITS ------------------------------------------------------------- Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Editing Credits: Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives Filming Credits: Mat of Exploring Alternatives
Views: 323275 Exploring Alternatives
Tiny House with Incredible Interior Design Built in 40 Days!
 
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Pascal and Catherine built their first tiny house in just 40 days and are currently living in it as their second home. They're a couple from Kamouraska, Canada, that started a tiny house building company called "Ma Maison Logique," which in English means "my logical house." Pascal designed the tiny house to withstand extreme Canadian winters by using triple pane windows and installing a tiny wood stove. They installed an air exchange vent in the bathroom to keep fresh air flowing in and used natural, non-toxic paint and oil finishes to ensure good air quality indoors. Catherine is an interior designer, and you'll see that she added simple touches throughout the tiny house to make it seem more spacious, while at the same time keeping it cozy and comfortable. This is the prettiest tiny house we've visited so far, and even though it's a standard tiny house size, it feels a lot bigger and seems like it would be a great design for a long-term housing situation. Learn more about their tiny houses and follow them on Instagram: http://www.mamaisonlogique.com @mamaisonlogique Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------ Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat Dubé of Exploring Alternatives.
Views: 1737398 Exploring Alternatives
Living on a 4 Season Houseboat - Beautiful Floating Tiny House!
 
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In this video, we meet Bonnie from Wakefield, Québec, Canada who is living on a gorgeous tiny house boat that is full of character and charm. The River Den (or La Tannière) has custom-made asymmetrical windows, a classic ship's wheel, antique fireplace, and hand-built furniture — all of which give the boat a warm and cozy feel that makes you feel at home as soon as you step on board. The boat is docked on the shore of the Gatineau River and Bonnie lives in it as often as she can when she's not renting it out on Airbnb (https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/9678942?guests=1&s=vNzQNzuG). The tiny houseboat was designed by Bonnie and her boatbuilding friend, Denis Tremblay, who is known locally as the Wakefield Pirate. Denis and a few of his friends built the boat by hand, including the aluminum frame and the custom windows, the cabinets, and the grill floor in the loft. The boat is built on 5 pontoons that are designed to provide flotation while still taking on some water to keep the boat weighed down in the water for stability. The pontoons are also designed to freeze in the ice and are made by a local company called Les Quais Navigables (http://www.quaisnavigables.com). It's a 4-season house boat that is fully insulated and has an antique wood burning fireplace to provide heat in winter. For power, they installed a deep cycle marine battery that provides 12-Volt power for the lights, bilge pump, and navigation lights. They have a Separett composting toilet from Sweden (https://www.separett-usa.com), and a sink that pumps water from the river for washing dishes. For refrigeration, Bonnie uses a cooler with ice, but she might invest in some solar panels so that she can power a proper fridge eventually. The main floor has a kitchen, toilet, dining room and living room, and upstairs there is cozy a sleeping loft with a grill floor that allows heat to rise through the floor, and sun & dust to travel down to the main level. One of the windows in the loft opens up onto a gorgeous rooftop patio with a cedar deck and has space for some solar panels if/when Bonnie decides she needs them. The boat has a gas motor and can be taken out on the river which is quite impressive considering it's size! To make sure the boat was still road worthy, they built a wedge roof over the loft that can be taken apart if Bonnie wants to transport it to a different location. The boat is currently docked in the quaint little town of Wakefield, Québec where there are cute cafes, restaurants and shops right across the street. If anyone is interested in renting this house boat, check it out on the Airbnb website here: https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/9678942?guests=1&s=vNzQNzuG Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------ Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat Dubé of Exploring Alternatives.
Views: 2571995 Exploring Alternatives
Man Quits $80K Job to Work in Grocery Store Part Time - Minimalism
 
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Yves quit his job even though he had it all: a big salary, health benefits and a pension plan. He sold his downtown condo, too. Why did he decide to drastically simplify his life? Because he was unhappy and unfulfilled. A couple of years ago, he went on a 10-day silent retreat and, after much soul-searching, realized that his job and his stressful lifestyle needed to go. Now, a year and a half later, he's living a minimalist lifestyle in a small bachelor apartment, riding his bike to work, and working 3 days a week at a grocery store. He has more time to spend with the people he loves, and a lot less stress. Does he regret his downshifting decision? Watch this video to find out! Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------ Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat Dubé of Exploring Alternatives.
Views: 1424756 Exploring Alternatives
This Big Modern Tiny House is Pure Luxury - Full Tour in 4K
 
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Phil from Minimaliste Tiny Houses gave us the keys to the Sakura for an afternoon and we fell head over heels in love with this open concept mini mansion. We're excited to share a full tour with you so you can see the floor plan, interior design, and space-saving solutions Phil and his team came up with. The extra width (10 feet wide vs standard 8.5 feet) and the full-height bedroom over the gooseneck make this tiny house on wheels feel like it could be a real long-term housing solution for a lot of people. Not just an in-between housing option that you might grow out of, which is what we hear from a lot of people who are interested in tiny house living. The layout felt very functional, with plenty of storage, privacy, and comfort. From the comfy sectional couch with storage under each cushion to the spacious galley kitchen, from the washing machine to the full bathtub. There isn't much this tiny house isn't missing. There are lots of space-saving ideas in this house, the best of which is probably the coffee table that converts into a full-sized dining room table. And the couch benches can easily be reconfigured to be a dining room. This tiny house is designed to be on the grid, and hooked up to hydro and water. It does have a Nature's Head composting toilet which is pretty neat. The heat source is in-floor radiant heating, and they've also installed two Lunos heat recovery ventilation vents to ensure there's always fresh air coming into the house, and to help control humidity levels. The tiny home also has a reading loft, which is also the spot where you can access the ladder to the rooftop deck for stunning views. To check out more of Minimaliste's awesome tiny house projects, check out their website and follow them on Instagram! Links below: https://minimalistehouses.com/en/ https://www.instagram.com/minimaliste.tinyhouses/ Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- SUPPORT OUR CHANNEL! ------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you to all of our Patrons who support us so generously and a very special thank you to our backbone supporters: The Burgess Family and Jakob Dannesboe! If you like our videos, please consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------- Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives Twitter: @ExploringAlt ------------------------------------------------------------- SUBTITLES AND CLOSED CAPTIONS ------------------------------------------------------------- A very special thank you to our subtitle and closed captions contributors! If you would like to contribute subtitles or closed captions to an Exploring Alternatives video, please click here to see which ones need your help: http://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_panel?c=UC8EQAfueDGNeqb1ALm0LjHA&tab=2 To learn how to create and submit subtitles and closed captions, check out this YouTube info page: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6054623 If you would like credit for your subtitles, translation, or closed captions in the description of the video, please email us with your full name, the language of your translation, and the video title that you worked on. You can email us at: [email protected] ------------------------------------------------------------- SPONSORS ------------------------------------------------------------- We occasionally include paid sponsor messages/integrations in our videos to help fund the channel.  We do our best to work with companies and organizations that offer products or services that are in line with our values, and that we think would be interesting and useful to our viewers. We will always disclose if we’re promoting products that were given to us for free, or if we’re including a sponsored message in our video. For business or sponsorship inquiries, please email us at [email protected]  ------------------------------------------------------------- VIDEO CREDITS ------------------------------------------------------------- Music & Song Credits:  All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Editing Credits: Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives Filming Credits: Mat of Exploring Alternatives
Views: 883227 Exploring Alternatives
12 Cheap & Easy Tips for Reducing Your Waste - Sustainable Zero Waste Hacks
 
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We're sharing a dozen cheap and easy tips to help beginners reduce their garbage output and transition to a low waste, or zero waste lifestyle. While you're here, help Ecosia plant trees around the world by simply searching the internet: https://ecosia.co/alternatives Our tips include things like avoiding plastic shopping and produce bags, using reusable glass or stainless steel food containers, coffee mugs, and water bottles. Doing a waste audit and researching what waste sorting options are available in your city or town (especially composting!!). Getting inspired by documentaries, bloggers, and Instagram accounts. Being a friendly activist and spreading the word about the importance of sustainable living, and reducing the amount of garbage we produce every day. The following product links are for items that we purchased ourselves in case you're interested in trying them out (no affiliate links and no sponsored items). Spork from Life Without Plastic: https://www.lifewithoutplastic.com/store/ Stainless steel food containers from Onyx: http://www.onyxcontainers.com/ Mesh produce bags from Care Bags: http://www.greenmunch.ca/housewares/reusable-bags/produce-bags/carebags-produce-bags-4-pack/ Abeego beeswax food wrap cloth: https://abeego.com/ Cloth bags: various sources Stainless steel water bottle: gift with no brand name Reusable coffee mugs, the silver one is from REI and the purple one is from Contigo (gifted to us by Kicking Horse Coffee): Documentaries: Addicted to Plastic: http://www.crypticmoth.com/plastic.php Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: http://plasticparadisemovie.com/ Zero Waste Blogs: Trash is for Tossers: http://trashisfortossers.com/ Zero Waste Home: https://zerowastehome.com/ PareDown Home: http://www.paredownhome.com/ Zero Waste Instagram Accounts: https://www.instagram.com/zerowastecouple/ https://www.instagram.com/zerowasteguy/ https://www.instagram.com/stevieyaaaay/ https://www.instagram.com/adreamlivedgreener/ https://www.instagram.com/imorganicblog/ Thank you to all of the people, stores, and restaurants who let us film inside their spaces, and who've helped us reduce our waste!!! Nu Grocery zero waste grocery store https://nugrocery.com/ Bread By Us bakery http://breadbyus.com/ Bridgehead Coffee https://www.bridgehead.ca/ Urban Juice Press https://urbanjuicepress.ca/ NousRire bulk buying group https://nousrire.com/ Provigo grocery store https://www.provigo.ca/ Sushi Shop http://www.sushishop.com/en Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- SUPPORT OUR CHANNEL! ------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you to all of our Patrons who support us so generously!!! If you like our videos, please consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------- Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- SPONSORS ------------------------------------------------------------- We occasionally include paid sponsor messages/integrations in our videos to help fund the channel. We do our best to work with companies and organizations that offer products or services that are in line with our values, and that we think would be interesting and useful to our viewers. We will always disclose if we’re promoting products that were given to us for free, or if we’re including a sponsored message in our video. For business or sponsorship inquiries, please email us at [email protected] ------------------------------------------------------------- VIDEO CREDITS ------------------------------------------------------------- Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Editing Credits: Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives Filming Credits: Mat of Exploring Alternatives
Views: 400962 Exploring Alternatives
Family of 7 Living Completely Off-Grid in Northern Canada!
 
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In this video, we meet Jeff, Rose, and their 5 girls who are living completely off grid on a 40-acre piece of land in Northern British Columbia, Canada. They built their own off-grid house for less than $25,000 with cedar posts sunk into the ground like a pole barn, log rafters, plywood, foam insulation, and a living roof. The house was so affordable to build because they didn't have to excavate or pour a concrete foundation, dig a well, or install a septic system. They have 2 solar power systems to power everything they need. The first solar system is just one solar panel that generates 12-Volt power for their lights, cell phones, and music player. The larger system is a 2.5 Kilowatt solar power system installed on their shop roof with a lithium ion battery bank that powers their full-sized fridge, a chest freezer, washing machine, as well as a mixer, blender and a toaster. They have a backup generator but they only have to use it for about 40 hours per year during prolonged cloudy or snowy periods. All of the water the family uses is rainwater collected from their shop roof and stored in a tank under the shop floor to keep it cool. They carry buckets of water into the house for cooking, dishes and showers. To produce clean drinking water, they filter their rainwater in a passive water filter called a Burkey (check them out here: http://www.berkeyfilters.com). The grey water from their kitchen sink and shower drains into a shallow grey water field in the backyard. They have 2 composting bucket toilets and they sprinkle sawdust into the buckets after each use to absorb moisture and prevent smells. For heat, they cut their own firewood for their Blaze King catalytic wood stove, and for their antique cookstove in the kitchen that they use for cooking and baking. Jeff and Rose homeschool their 5 girls for a few hours each day and also ensure that their kids are learning diverse life skills like growing their own food, caring for horses, raising bees, and more. We're very impressed with the clever solutions this family has come up with to make off-grid living seem so easy. If you want to learn more about this inspiring family and follow their journey, check out their Gridlessness project — they have a blog and a YouTube channel. Gridlessness YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClt1rDdFd-VUX8VXmWummSQ Gridlessness Blog: http://gridlessness.com Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------ Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat Dubé of Exploring Alternatives.
Views: 1642894 Exploring Alternatives
Van Life - Our Amazing Stealth Solar Power Set up!  Off Grid Camper Van
 
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Check out our new Guide to Van Life: http://goo.gl/dnhZQq - We installed a 300 Watt solar system in our stealth campervan and we love it! It makes living in a van much more comfortable, especially since we're also working in the van! We're using Renogy's flexible (bendable) 100 Watt panels, a 40 amp MPPT charge controller, a 500 Watt pure-sine inverter and a 155 ah Deep Cycle AGM battery from VMAX. Watch the video to check out how we installed it! If you want more information about the components, prices, etc., check out our blog post about the solar panel system here: http://www.exploringalternatives.ca/we-have-solar-power-in-the-van/ Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------ Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat Dubé of Exploring Alternatives.
Views: 621482 Exploring Alternatives
Off-Grid Prospector-Style Tent: A Tiny House Alternative
 
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In this video, we give you a tour of a prospector-style, 4-season tent that is completely off-grid. The tent is built with two layers of weather-proof canvas stretched over a wooden frame and is equipped with a double combustion wood stove for heat, a solar panel to power 1 LED light, and a propane fridge to keep food cool during the summer months. The tent is separated into 4 quarters: dining room, kitchen, sleeping area, and woodstove/living room. There's also an outhouse, barbecue and picnic table outside. Measuring approx. 15 x 18 feet, this tent would make a very comfortable tiny house, although we would make a couple of changes to make it more liveable over the long-term, including the addition of an indoor composting toilet, a couch in front of the fireplace, larger windows, and a more powerful solar system so that we could power more than 1 light. This tent is a rental unit in Gatineau Park that can be accessed by snowshoeing or cross-country skiing in Winter, or hiking/cycling in Summer. For more information about renting a 4-season tent (or yurt) in Gatineau Park, visit the NCC website here: Winter: http://www.ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places-to-visit/gatineau-park/things-to-do/accommodations-winter Summer: http://www.ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places-to-visit/gatineau-park/things-to-do/camping-cabins-gatineau-park-summer A special thank you to the NCC for allowing us to stay in this 4-season tent in order to film this video, and a big thank you as well to our family and friends who generously loaned us snow shoes, gloves, hats, a sleeping bag, and more to make this adventure possible! Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Stay in Touch! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Stay in Touch! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat Dubé of Exploring Alternatives.
Views: 1803991 Exploring Alternatives
Our Extreme Downsizing Experience - Minimalist Living
 
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In this video we share some of the strategies we used to downsize stuff that we had stored for 3 years after selling our house. Our last pile of boxes contained some of our favourite things so it was extra difficult to let go of. We donated stuff, recycled stuff, sold stuff online, scanned photos, and had a garage sale - all with the goal of downsizing our pile down to one box of sentimental items each, and to avoid paying for storage. Watch the video to see if we succeeded! In case you're interested, the scanner we bought is the Doxie Go because it scans quickly, it can hold almost 200 scans before you need to upload them to your computer, it can be used wirelessly (no power) and the quality of the scans is decent but not super amazing. We'll probably keep ~100 of our favourite photos because the print quality is better than the scans, but it's good enough for what we needed. We'll be posting a review of the scanner in the next month or so. http://www.getdoxie.com/product/doxie-go/ Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------ Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat Dubé of Exploring Alternatives.
Views: 368567 Exploring Alternatives
11 Years Living Off-Grid in an Earthship Style House
 
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Hélène Dubé and her partner Alain Neveu from Es-Cargo (http://www.es-cargo.qc.ca/) have lived off-grid in Quebec, Canada for 11 years in a self-built earthship style home made of recycled tires filled with earth and large south-facing windows. *** Hélène is giving a workshop on April 1st if you want to check it out: https://ah186.isrefer.com/go/affhd0002/AFFHD0002/ Hélène donne un atelier le 1er avril intitulé: "Planification d'un rêve, techniques de construction et réglementation." Pour en savoir plus: https://ah186.isrefer.com/go/affhd0002/AFFHD0002/ *** Their water is gravity fed from a spring-filled cistern placed up the hill from their home, their power comes from solar energy, and they use a composting outhouse toilet. For refrigeration, they make their own ice during the winter by freezing water in recycled windshield washer jugs outside, and then they store them in a root cellar inside unplugged chest freezers insulated with sawdust. They manage to keep their food cold with these homemade ice blocks from January to July, and then they get ice blocks from a neighbour. For hot water they use approximately 200 lbs of propane each year. For heat they have a homemade rocket stove that is an efficient way to burn wood, and they also use it as a cooktop in the winter. They would eventually like to be self sufficient in their food production and have gardens, hens, and they've begun to build an aquaponic system as well. But they do find that growing all of their own food, running workshops, and staying on top of all their other projects to be an incredible amount of work for just two people. They're hoping to attract more people to the property to form a small community of inspired and like-minded permaculture enthusiasts. To learn more about Hélène and Alain's off-grid lifestyle and about any upcoming projects and workshops, you can check out their website and follow them on Facebook: Es-Cargo: http://www.es-cargo.qc.ca/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ESCargoQc Their posts are in French but they both speak French and English. Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- SUPPORT OUR CHANNEL! ------------------------------------------------------------ Thank you to all of our Patrons who support us so generously! You are all the best! A special thank you to our backbone supporter, Jakob Dannesboe, we couldn't do this without you! If you like our videos, please consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------ Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- VIDEO CREDITS ------------------------------------------------------------ Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Editing Credits: Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives Filming Credits: Mat of Exploring Alternatives
Views: 1398505 Exploring Alternatives
Incredible Cob House Tour - A Sustainable Green Building
 
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Tour one of the most famous (and beautiful!) cob buildings in the world! The Unique Cob Cottage is on Mayne Island, BC and is the 4th most wish-listed property on Airbnb. Unique Cob Cottage on Airbnb: https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/1720832 The Cob Cottage is a fully permitted, 2-storey, load-bearing cob structure that was built by Cobworks in 1999. Cobworks: https://www.cobworks.com/ Cob is an environmentally friendly mixture of clay, sand, and straw that can be used in many different climates to create green buildings with organically shaped walls. To learn more about cob as a natural building material, check out the video we share a couple of months ago: https://youtu.be/CWuHQOvNRDw This cottage is on the grid with a well, septic tank, and hydro power. They use a woodstove for heat. We felt super lucky to be able to meet Alexis and her family, and tour their cob cottage. It's an incredibly beautiful space and we hope you enjoy checking it out. It's nice to see so much interest in green buildings, and to see that this cob structure has been standing for almost 20 years and still looks brand new! Maintenance on the cob house is done by Bryce from Dreamweavers Collective: http://www.dreamweaverscollective.org/ Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- SUPPORT OUR CHANNEL! ------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you to all of our Patrons who support us so generously and a very special thank you to our backbone supporters: The Burgess Family! If you like our videos, please consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------- Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- SUBTITLES AND CLOSED CAPTIONS ------------------------------------------------------------- A very special thank you to our subtitle and closed captions contributors! If you would like to contribute subtitles or closed captions to an Exploring Alternatives video, please click here to see which ones need your help: http://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_panel?c=UC8EQAfueDGNeqb1ALm0LjHA&tab=2 To learn how to create and submit subtitles and closed captions, check out this YouTube info page: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6054623 If you would like credit for your subtitles, translation, or closed captions in the description of the video, please email us with your full name, the language of your translation, and the video title that you worked on. You can email us at: [email protected] ------------------------------------------------------------- SPONSORS ------------------------------------------------------------- We occasionally include paid sponsor messages/integrations in our videos to help fund the channel. We do our best to work with companies and organizations that offer products or services that are in line with our values, and that we think would be interesting and useful to our viewers. We will always disclose if we’re promoting products that were given to us for free, or if we’re including a sponsored message in our video. For business or sponsorship inquiries, please email us at [email protected] ------------------------------------------------------------- VIDEO CREDITS ------------------------------------------------------------- Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Editing Credits: Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives Filming Credits: Mat of Exploring Alternatives
Views: 268225 Exploring Alternatives
Van Life - Cheap & Easy Camper Van Bed Frame
 
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Watch this video to see how we built a simple, lightweight campervan bed frame for $44 (Canadian) in ~1 hour. We chose to build a straightforward platform, even though we knew it would take up more space in the van interior, because we wanted lots of storage underneath, and because we wanted it to be comfortable (no bars or sectioned cushions). Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------ Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat Dubé of Exploring Alternatives.
Views: 167027 Exploring Alternatives
Van Life - Living in a Van is Hard!
 
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After living and working in the van for 5 straight weeks, we’re convinced now more than ever that it’s an amazing lifestyle - but that doesn’t mean it’s an easy one. Check out our video to find out about the challenges we’ve faced, including stealth camping, finding internet access, staying clean and going to the bathroom. Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------ Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat Dubé of Exploring Alternatives.
Views: 333292 Exploring Alternatives
Earthship Home - Young Man's Inspiring Building & Living Experience
 
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Jordan shares great tips and advice on how to build a stunning earthship-style home using recycled tires, and earthen cob made from clay, sand and straw. He built his with a ton of help from his girlfriend and friends. To learn more about this biotecture earthship on Prince Edward Island in Canada: http://earthshippei.com/ To learn more about building an earthship, check out the books written by Michael Reynolds here: https://earthshipstore.com/Earthship-books The green home measures between 800-900 square feet, collects rainwater, treats it's own waste water, heats and cools itself (although there is a wood stove for extra cold nights in the winter), and will soon have solar panels. The interior design was decorated with local and reclaimed materials like recycled granite for the countertops, a CD mosaic backsplash, PEI sandstone floor, recycled bottles in the walls, and more. An Earthship is the ultimate green building because it heats and cools itself with a passive solar design and strategic thermal mass to store heat like a battery, it has space to grow food indoors, collects and treats rain water, and more. We filmed this whole video with a 50mm camera lens because we broke the 16mm lens trying to take a photo on a windy point beside a lighthouse. This PEI Earthship in Wellington, PEI is available for rent on Airbnb: https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/6429008 Earthship PEI: http://earthshippei.com/ Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- 🍃 SUPPORT OUR CHANNEL! 🍃 ------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you to all of our Patrons who support us so generously! You are all the best! And a very special thank you to our backbone supporters: 💜 The Burgess Family 💜 We couldn't do this without you! If you like our videos, please consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- 🍃 STAY IN TOUCH! 🍃 ------------------------------------------------------------- Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- 🍃 CREDITS 🍃 ------------------------------------------------------------- Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Editing Credits: Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives Filming Credits: Mat of Exploring Alternatives Photo Credits: Earthship construction photos from Earthship PEI Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EarthshipPEI/
Views: 334067 Exploring Alternatives
1950s Home Retrofit to Super Efficient Passive House - Urban Green Building
 
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This 1950s Montreal house was retrofitted to become a super efficient passive house by adding a 16 inch thick layer of cellulose insulation to the exterior. Construction Le Tournesol: http://www.constructionletournesol.com/en/ Maison Ozalée's builder, Richard Price from Construction Le Tournesol, also used triple glazed windows with insulated frames, and strategically placed small windows on the north side of the building to reduce heat loss, and placed large windows on the south side to take advantage of solar gain, which helps heat the house in winter. In order to avoid overheating the house in the summer, there are built-in shading elements above the large south-facing windows. The home is airtight, with plywood sheathing to solidify the older home doubling as a vapour barrier once all the seams were taped. Because of the energy gained from passive solar, and because it's airtight, this home only needs approximately 10% of the energy a typical home of the same size would need to heat during the winter. The owners are very environmentally conscious and added additional features to their home to make it sustainable not just in terms of energy, but water as well. They installed a rainwater catchment system that feeds water into an underground water cistern which they use to water their enormous permaculture garden. They use no municipal water to irrigate their plants. Indoors, they've installed a grey water recycling system that allows them to filter and clean water from the shower & bath and then reuse it a second time to flush their toilets. It was really interesting to see how this alternative building technique can result in such enormous energy savings! And to see that an existing home can fairly easily be retrofitted to be more energy efficient! Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- SUPPORT OUR CHANNEL! ------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you to all of our Patrons who support us so generously and a very special thank you to our backbone supporters: The Burgess Family! If you like our videos, please consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------- Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- SUBTITLES AND CLOSED CAPTIONS ------------------------------------------------------------- A very special thank you to our subtitle and closed captions contributors! If you would like to contribute subtitles or closed captions to an Exploring Alternatives video, please click here to see which ones need your help: http://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_panel?c=UC8EQAfueDGNeqb1ALm0LjHA&tab=2 To learn how to create and submit subtitles and closed captions, check out this YouTube info page: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6054623 If you would like credit for your subtitles, translation, or closed captions in the description of the video, please email us with your full name, the language of your translation, and the video title that you worked on. You can email us at: [email protected] ------------------------------------------------------------- SPONSORS ------------------------------------------------------------- We occasionally include paid sponsor messages/integrations in our videos to help fund the channel. We do our best to work with companies and organizations that offer products or services that are in line with our values, and that we think would be interesting and useful to our viewers. We will always disclose if we’re promoting products that were given to us for free, or if we’re including a sponsored message in our video. For business or sponsorship inquiries, please email us at [email protected] ------------------------------------------------------------- VIDEO CREDITS ------------------------------------------------------------- Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Editing Credits: Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives Filming Credits: Mat of Exploring Alternatives
Views: 90854 Exploring Alternatives
13 Years Living Off the Land - Man Shares REAL Homestead Experience
 
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Peter from TreeEater Farm & Nursery (http://treeeaternursery.com/) in BC shares the challenges and lessons learned from his experience earning a living off the land for 13 years with his partner Magdalene. Peter moved to a piece of land in British Columbia's Gulf Islands as an idealistic 22-year old who wanted to save the world and reduce his environmental footprint by growing his own food, building his own shelter, and producing his own fibres for clothes. Magdalene joined him a few years later. To make this homesteading project financially viable, the couple has had to experiment with different revenue streams, including community supported agriculture (CSA) vegetable box programs, hand forged tools, meat animals, dairy cows, and selling fruit and nut trees, as well as plenty of off-farm work as well. After a steep and labour-intensive learning curve, Peter has realized that living off the land can be very expensive, that it can be difficult to earn an income from agricultural products — especially if your land isn't situated in an area with a market for your product nearby, and that living off the land requires a lot of infrastructure & maintenance — all of which costs time and money. And they aren't even trying to be off grid. It was refreshing to get such an honest look behind the scenes of what appears to be a utopian lifestyle: living in a hand built timber frame home with a cozy wood stove, and eating fruit and nuts from your own island orchard's trees, and to know there's quite a big financial and physical struggle to make it all happen. To learn more about Peter and Magdalene's Farm & Tree Nursery, you can check out their website and follow them on Facebook: http://treeeaternursery.com/ https://www.facebook.com/treeeaternursery/?ref=br_rs Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- SUPPORT OUR CHANNEL! ------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you to all of our Patrons who support us so generously and a very special thank you to our backbone supporters: The Burgess Family. If you like our videos, please consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------- Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- VIDEO CREDITS ------------------------------------------------------------- Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Editing Credits: Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives Filming Credits: Mat of Exploring Alternatives Photo Credits: Photos of Peter & Magdalene provided by Tree Eater Nursery ------------------------------------------------------------- SPONSORS ------------------------------------------------------------- We occasionally include paid sponsor messages/integrations in our videos to help fund the channel. We do our best to work with companies and organizations that offer products or services that are in line with our values, and that we think would be interesting and useful to our viewers. We will always disclose if we’re promoting products that were given to us for free, or if we’re including a sponsored message in our video. For business or sponsorship inquiries, please email us at [email protected] ------------------------------------------------------------- OUR CAMERA GEAR* ------------------------------------------------------------- Sony a6000 Camera: http://amzn.to/2rTbnis Sony a6300 Camera: http://amzn.to/2rbDF4X Sony 50mm 1.8 Portrait Lens: http://amzn.to/2rjNLok Rode VideoMicro: http://amzn.to/2sgnWoC Zoom H1 Audio Recorder: http://amzn.to/2suSEen Polsen Lavalier Microphone: http://amzn.to/2rbDxma Vanguard ABEO 234 AV Tripod: http://amzn.to/2sv1WGX SanDisk Extreme Pro 64 GB SD Card: http://amzn.to/2slHfxt *Full Disclaimer: the links to these products are Amazon Affiliate links which means we earn a commission if you purchase the product using one of the links in this section. The products don't cost more by using our links, but the commission helps us continue to fund the Exploring Alternatives project. These are all products that we use, and that we have purchased with our own money, with the exception of the Sony portrait lens which was gifted to us by Mat's Dad (Merci Jacques!).
Views: 801435 Exploring Alternatives
Building Amazing Homes & Mobile Spaces Using Shipping Containers!
 
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In this video we explore and learn how to use shipping containers as strong, durable and mobile building blocks to create amazing structures of all kinds, like a house, addition, office space, or cabin; and we feature a few stunning projects to get you inspired! Anthony Ruggiero from Storstac Inc. (http://www.storstac.com/) showed us around their yard in Toronto, Ontario and took the time to teach us about the ins and outs of building with shipping containers. We're excited to share the tips and information we learned with you. Shipping containers come in standard 20 foot and 40 foot lengths, and there are other specialty custom sizes like the 10', 45', 48', 53' long containers. Almost all shipping containers are made in China, and can be bought used (after they've been used for 10-20 years), or new, which means they've one been used once. Since there are no shipping manifests for used containers to show what was transported in them over the course of their lifetime (it could be anything from clothes to nuclear waste), it's better to build with a new shipping container that's only been used once. They're made with COR-TEN steel, which is a weathering steel that can withstand harsh weather conditions and elements like salt water because the rust on weathering steel creates a protective patina to keep it strong, whereas rust on mild steel would actually weaken the metal. While building with shipping containers is not necessarily cheaper than conventional building, it does have advantages because the containers are modular, movable and mobile, durable, and have a unique, modern look. They can be do it yourself friendly if you've worked with steel before, or if you find a company to take care of the steel work for you so you can focus on how to frame it and finish it from the inside. Let us know what you think of shipping containers as alternative building blocks in the comments! And if you're interested in learning more about Storstac and the projects they've worked on, check out the links below: Storstac http://www.storstac.com/ New Old Stock - LA Man Cave http://newoldstock.com/ Harlem House Addition in Toronto http://www.storstac.com/portfolio-item/downtown-toronto-container-house/ Rogers Fan Hub in Toronto http://www.storstac.com/rogers-shipping-container-fan-hub/ Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- SUPPORT OUR CHANNEL! ------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you to all of our Patrons who support us so generously and a very special thank you to our backbone supporters: The Burgess Family. If you like our videos, please consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------- Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- VIDEO CREDITS ------------------------------------------------------------- Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Editing Credits: Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives Filming Credits: Interview and B-roll by Mat of Exploring Alternatives Drone footage and photos by Anthony Ruggiero Harlem House rendering by Javid Jah
Views: 1816427 Exploring Alternatives
How We Make Money While Travelling - Van Life
 
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We earn a living on the road by doing a variety of online work. While living the Van Life and travelling, Mat works online doing graphic design and video editing contracts, and sells his art (www.matdube.com). Danielle works for an online store and does sales & project management. If you'd like to check out our long-term travel budget, including our income and expenses, check out this blog post: http://www.exploringalternatives.ca/long-term-travel-budget/ We'll be making another video to give you ideas about how you can earn a living on the road. Subscribe so you don't miss it! Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------ Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat Dubé of Exploring Alternatives.
Views: 159038 Exploring Alternatives
Off-Grid Yurt Tour: A Tiny House Alternative
 
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In this video, we give you a tour of a yurt that is completely off-grid. The yurt is equipped with a double combustion wood stove for heat, a solar panel to power 1 LED light, and a propane fridge to keep food cool during the summer months. There's also an outhouse, barbecue and picnic table outside. This yurt would make a very comfortable tiny house, although we would make a couple of changes to make it more liveable over the long-term, including the addition of an indoor composting toilet, a couch in front of the fireplace, a captains bed with storage underneath (instead of bunk beds), and a more powerful solar system so that we could power more than 1 light. This yurt is a rental unit in Gatineau Park that can be accessed by snowshoeing or cross-country skiing in Winter, or hiking/cycling in Summer. For more information about renting a yurt in Gatineau Park, visit the NCC website here: Winter: http://www.ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places-to-visit/gatineau-park/things-to-do/accommodations-winter Summer: http://www.ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places-to-visit/gatineau-park/things-to-do/camping-cabins-gatineau-park-summer Biome-Canada: http://www.biome-canada.ca/en_biome_produits.html On our third day in Gatineau Park, we ran out of water and melted snow on the wood stove for drinking water. We used the SteriPEN Ultra (that we requested from the company) to sterilize the water, just in case it was contaminated. We didn't get sick and the SteriPEN was easy to use. We'll be posting a full video review separately. http://www.steripen.com We also reached out to Renogy (the company we bought our van's solar panels from) and asked if they could send us a portable solar kit to test out so that we could charge our camera and iPod batteries while we were off-grid. The 14 Watt, E-Flex portable solar panel and the Drifter battery pack they sent us worked super well and we'll be posting a full video review separately. http://www.renogy-store.com A special thank you to the NCC for allowing us to stay in this yurt in order to film this video, and a big thank you as well to our family and friends who generously loaned us snow shoes, gloves, hats, a sleeping bag, and more to make this adventure possible! Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Stay in Touch! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat Dubé of Exploring Alternatives.
Views: 580182 Exploring Alternatives
Van Life - Couple Survives 2 Canadian Winters Living in a Van!
 
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Derrick & Paula started living in a van 2 weeks before they got married and then travelled across Canada in the camper van for their 2-month honeymoon. They loved the Van Life so much that they decided to keep living in the van when they got back; taking it one month at a time. To-date they've lived in the van for 19 months and spent not 1 but 2 full Canadian winters living in their van. Their Dodge Pleasure Way camper is a tiny house, but it has almost all of the conveniences of a conventional home: a large bed, a flush toilet, a sink, a propane furnace and propane fridge, 2 solar panels, rotating captains chairs, and more. They came up with solutions to living in the van during winter, the most interesting of which was to fill their RV system with burst-proof antifreeze so that they could still flush the toilet during the winter. For water, they fill 4-liter jugs at work and bring them home each night. For heat, they use their propane furnace as well as a battery powered heating blanket in the bed. By living in a van, the couple was able to reduce their expenses, especially by eliminating the cost of rent. This allowed them to aggressively pay down their debt and get themselves into a financial situation that is allowing them to consider purchasing a home in the future. Derrick & Paula have made an incredible series of vlogs about their van life adventure and you can find these videos on their YouTube Channel, Back to Reality, at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVQCQJyZQcIioTDQ4SACvZQ Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------ Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat Dubé of Exploring Alternatives.
Views: 483094 Exploring Alternatives
Zero Waste Family Makes No Household Garbage for 3 Years!
 
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Katelin started living a zero waste lifestyle with her family and also started the PAREdown Home blog with a friend to document their efforts to create less household garbage. After 3 years living this super low waste lifestyle, Katelin shared some of the changes she's made in her every day life to reduce her consumption of single use and disposable products. She shops at a produce market that sells unpackages fruit and vegetables, she buys things like pasta and nuts, spices and oils at stores like the Karma Co-op in Toronto, and she makes things like toothpaste herself. We hope you enjoy this video about the challenges and rewards of living a lifestyle that is in line with your values. Katelin has definitely inspired us to continue striving towards buying less plastic packaging, although we do find it challenging being on the road all the time. Here's how to stay in touch with Katelin and PAREdown Home: Blog: http://paredownhome.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paredown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paredown/ The bulk store where Katelin is shopping during the video is the Karma Co-op in Toronto: http://www.karmacoop.org/ Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- SUPPORT OUR CHANNEL! ------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you to all of our Patrons who support us so generously and a very special thank you to our backbone supporters: The Burgess Family. If you like our videos, please consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------- Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- OUR CAMERA GEAR* ------------------------------------------------------------- Sony a6000 Camera: http://amzn.to/2rTbnis Sony a6300 Camera: http://amzn.to/2rbDF4X Sony 50mm 1.8 Portrait Lens: http://amzn.to/2rjNLok Rode VideoMicro: http://amzn.to/2sgnWoC Zoom H1 Audio Recorder: http://amzn.to/2suSEen Polsen Lavalier Microphone: http://amzn.to/2rbDxma Vanguard ABEO 234 AV Tripod: http://amzn.to/2sv1WGX SanDisk Extreme Pro 64 GB SD Card: http://amzn.to/2slHfxt *Full Disclaimer: the links to these products are Amazon Affiliate links which means we earn a commission if you purchase the product using one of the links listed above. The products don't cost more by using our links, but the commission helps us continue to fund the Exploring Alternatives project. These are all products that we use and that we have purchased with our own money, with the exception of the Sony portrait lens which was gifted to us by Mat's Dad (Merci Jacques!). ------------------------------------------------------------- SPONSORS ------------------------------------------------------------- We occasionally include paid sponsor messages/integrations in our videos to help fund the channel. We do our best to work with companies and organizations that offer products or services that are in line with our values, and that we think would be interesting and useful to our viewers. We will always disclose if we’re promoting products that were given to us for free, or if we’re including a sponsored message in our video. For business or sponsorship inquiries, please email us at [email protected] ------------------------------------------------------------- VIDEO CREDITS ------------------------------------------------------------- Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Editing Credits: Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives Filming Credits: Mat of Exploring Alternatives
Views: 335738 Exploring Alternatives
Van Life - Woman Living in a Van for 3 Years to Save Money & Travel the World
 
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L.J. has been living in her vintage 1977 GMC Vandura camper van conversion for 3 years while working a 9-5 job in HR. She bought the van for just $500 and enjoys the van life because it allows her to save money and live on a budget, but mostly she loves the freedom of parking wherever she wants, and of being able to travel on weekends. She's recently quit her job and is planning to travel for a year in the van, and overseas to the Philippines and Indonesia. We love how simple L.J.'s van is — no power, no heat, just the basics like a bed, a swivel seat, a cooler, and some books. She makes the lifestyle look easy although she does splurge during a couple of the coldest winter months to sublet an apartment. Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- SUPPORT OUR CHANNEL! ------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you to all of our Patrons who support us so generously and a very special thank you to our backbone supporters: The Burgess Family. If you like our videos, please consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------- Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- OUR CAMERA GEAR* ------------------------------------------------------------- Sony a6000 Camera: http://amzn.to/2rTbnis Sony a6300 Camera: http://amzn.to/2rbDF4X Sony 50mm 1.8 Portrait Lens: http://amzn.to/2rjNLok Rode VideoMicro: http://amzn.to/2sgnWoC Zoom H1 Audio Recorder: http://amzn.to/2suSEen Polsen Lavalier Microphone: http://amzn.to/2rbDxma Vanguard ABEO 234 AV Tripod: http://amzn.to/2sv1WGX SanDisk Extreme Pro 64 GB SD Card: http://amzn.to/2slHfxt *Full Disclaimer: the links to these products are Amazon Affiliate links which means we earn a commission if you purchase the product using one of the links listed above. The products don't cost more by using our links, but the commission helps us continue to fund the Exploring Alternatives project. These are all products that we use and that we have purchased with our own money, with the exception of the Sony portrait lens which was gifted to us by Mat's Dad (Merci Jacques!). ------------------------------------------------------------- SPONSORS ------------------------------------------------------------- We occasionally include paid sponsor messages/integrations in our videos to help fund the channel. We do our best to work with companies and organizations that offer products or services that are in line with our values, and that we think would be interesting and useful to our viewers. We will always disclose if we’re promoting products that were given to us for free, or if we’re including a sponsored message in our video. For business or sponsorship inquiries, please email us at [email protected] ------------------------------------------------------------- VIDEO CREDITS ------------------------------------------------------------- Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Editing Credits: Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives Filming Credits: Mat of Exploring Alternatives
Views: 1401274 Exploring Alternatives
Off Grid Solar Power - How to Calculate Your Needs
 
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Are you trying to figure out how much power you'll need from an off-grid solar power system? This video shows you how to calculate your energy needs to figure out exactly how many watts you need from your panels, what size of inverter and battery you should buy. Solar Sizing Calculator Link: http://www.renogy.com/calculators You can also check out how we installed our 300 Watt system in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEdSl... and this blog post: http://www.exploringalternatives.ca/w... Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------ Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat Dubé of Exploring Alternatives.
Views: 583361 Exploring Alternatives
How to Save Money & Buy Less Stuff - Minimalist Budget Tips
 
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It's hard not to buy everything in sight when there are so many cool gadgets and nice things out there - especially when it seems like there's a new product or a new trend coming out every week. Here are 4 tips to help you get your buying habit under control. They'll help you buy less stuff and spend less money. Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------ Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat Dubé of Exploring Alternatives.
Views: 169587 Exploring Alternatives
Super Efficient Off-Grid Earthship Built for Early Retirement Plan
 
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In this video, we meet Connie and Craig from Wind Chasers. They're a retired couple who built themselves a 100% off-grid, passive solar earthship using plans they bought from Mike Reynolds (the man featured in the Garbage Warrior documentary - check it out if you haven't already!). The couple built the earth ship because they wanted to live an environmentally sustainable lifestyle, but they also wanted to live a financially sustainable lifestyle that would allow them to retire comfortably. Building this home using recycled tires and portland cement cost them a fraction of what a conventional house would have cost, and they got the 1200 recycled tires they needed for free! In addition to the low construction cost, they don't pay any bills to maintain the home. They use solar power instead of being hooked up to hydro. They collect their rain water instead of being hooked up to municipal water. They store energy from the sun in the thermal mass of their home instead of having a furnace. They use a composting toilet instead of paying to install and maintain a septic system. And they treat their own greywater (from the kitchen & shower) on site. There is a fireplace in the home, but the couple says they only use it a few times per year for atmosphere, and they don't depend on it as a heat source. The couple even grow a lot of their own food in their indoor planter, like tomatoes, sweet potatoes, bananas, carrots - you name it! The planter also stores energy from the sun to help maintain a stable temperature in the home. The first earth ships were built in New Mexico by Mike Reynolds, and while many people think they're amazing, they don't believe that earthships can be built in harsher environments (like in Canada for example). This earth ship is built near Lake Erie, in Ontario, Canada. It did take a few years for the home to absorb all of the thermal energy it needed to maintain a stable year-round temperature, but now that it's had time to cure and mature, it's working great. Mat and I were completely blown away when we walked into the house and realized how incredibly well the house was performing without any of the traditional inputs we're used to seeing in a conventional home. We enjoyed the feeling of being outdoors that the house provides with the natural light, curved walls, and luscious greenery. The recycled bottle walls are spectacular, too. If you're interested in learning more about Connie and Craig's earthship, you can visit their Wind Chasers website here: http://www.windchasers.ca Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------ Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives.
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Woman Shares Her Zero Waste Lifestyle Experience
 
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In this video we meet Mailyne, a single mom who has adopted a zero waste lifestyle for almost 1 year to reduce the amount of garbage she sends to landfills and to be part of a sustainable future. At the grocery store, she uses cloth bags, mason jars, and pillow cases to buy bulk food, produce and bread. She makes all of her personal care products, including toothpaste, deodorant and mouthwash, with the help of a friend. She also uses a safety razor and menstrual cup to avoid buying disposables. Buying used clothing and toys is her first choice and if she does have to purchase something new, she tries to source items that are sold or shipped without non-recyclable packaging. Her apartment building does not currently have a compost collection service but she doesn't let that stop her. She brings her bucket to friends places or to her parents house while she waits for a more convenient solution to become available. Mailyne introduced us to a few innovative zero waste solutions including a binchotan charcoal water filter (it's like a Brita filter without the plastic), compostable bamboo toothbrushes, and reusable beeswax wrap as a replacement for plastic cling wrap (maybe there's a vegan alternative to this?!). You can follow her zero waste adventures on her blog here: https://adreamlivedgreener.wordpress.com Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- SUBTITLES AND CLOSED CAPTIONS ------------------------------------------------------------- A very special thank you to our subtitle and closed captions contributors! Russian closed captions translated by Irina Kozlovskikh Korean closed captions translated by Gaedong Kim Indonesian close captions translated by Pinka Almira Kusuma If you would like to contribute subtitles or closed captions to an Exploring Alternatives video, please click here to see which ones need your help: http://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_panel?c=UC8EQAfueDGNeqb1ALm0LjHA&tab=2 To learn how to create and submit subtitles and closed captions, check out this YouTube info page: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6054623 If you would like credit for your subtitles, translation, or closed captions in the description of the video, please email us with your full name, the language of your translation, and the video title that you worked on. You can email us at: [email protected] ------------------------------------------------------------- VIDEO CREDITS ------------------------------------------------------------- Music & Song Credits:  All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Editing Credits: Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives Filming Credits: Mat of Exploring Alternatives
Views: 576586 Exploring Alternatives
Do We Regret Downsizing & Selling Our House? Minimalist Nomad Living
 
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4 years ago we quit our jobs, sold our house and got rid of almost everything we owned. Do we regret our decision? In this video we're talking about the pros and cons of our minimalist nomad lifestyle and whether we have any regrets about our decision to go against the grain, quit the rat race, and try something new. On the positive side, our new lifestyle has allowed us to travel, spend more time together, start our own business, and have more free time. On the downside, we have no investments, no retirement plan, and we're constantly on the move. We also feel that some of our friendships have suffered by our frequent absences. If we had the choice to go back to our previous lifestyle, we both would say no. Despite the many challenges and moments of self-doubt, we'd both still choose to be minimalist digital nomads with the freedom to travel long-term. We'll let you know if and when that changes! Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- SUPPORT OUR CHANNEL! ------------------------------------------------------------ If you like our videos, please consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------ Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- VIDEO CREDITS ------------------------------------------------------------ Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Editing Credits: Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives Filming Credits: Mat of Exploring Alternatives
Views: 209574 Exploring Alternatives
Woodworker Builds The Perfect Tiny House Boat for Life on the Water
 
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A woodworking wizard named Richard built the Koroc - a beautiful floating tiny house RV on aluminum pontoons. It's unbelievable what a comfortable home he's created in such a small space. Imagine living in this micro cabin, floating on a river or a lake, and enjoying fresh air on an enormous deck? If you can't tell already, we're in love with this boat! If you want to learn more about Richard's beautiful boat, you can check out his website here: http://daigno.ca/en/home.html We randomly drove past this houseboat in Montebello, Quebec, Canada on our way to pick up some RV windows so we emailed the owner and asked him if we could take a tour inside and have him put it in the water for us. Luckily he said yes! We spent a beautiful sunny afternoon on Le Koroc (built by Richard's company Daigno) admiring his handy work. Everything in this house boat is built by hand, from the beams to the cabinets, the deck, water filter, bathroom, kitchen and more. Richard has a solar panel for electricity, a Martin propane heater, a propane cooktop, a DIY carbon filter for filtering grey water, a self-contained toilet, two dinettes (one that converts into a double bed), and tons of windows, not to mention the huge deck. It's off-grid minimalist living paradise! If you want to learn more about Richard's beautiful house boat, you can check out his website here: http://daigno.ca/en/home.html Or get in touch with him by email here: [email protected] Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- SUPPORT OUR CHANNEL! ------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you to all of our Patrons who support us so generously!!! If you like our videos and feel like supporting us, you can pledge what you want on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------- Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- SUBTITLES AND CLOSED CAPTIONS ------------------------------------------------------------- A very special thank you to our subtitle and closed captions contributors! If you would like to contribute subtitles or closed captions to an Exploring Alternatives video, please click here to see which ones need your help: http://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_panel?c=UC8EQAfueDGNeqb1ALm0LjHA&tab=2 To learn how to create and submit subtitles and closed captions, check out this YouTube info page: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6054623 If you would like credit for your subtitles, translation, or closed captions in the description of the video, please email us with your full name, the language of your translation, and the video title that you worked on. You can email us at: [email protected] ------------------------------------------------------------- SPONSORS ------------------------------------------------------------- We occasionally include paid sponsor messages/integrations in our videos to help fund the channel. We do our best to work with companies and organizations that offer products or services that are in line with our values, and that we think would be interesting and useful to our viewers. We will always disclose if we’re promoting products that were given to us for free, or if we’re including a sponsored message in our video. For business or sponsorship inquiries, please email us at [email protected] ------------------------------------------------------------- VIDEO CREDITS ------------------------------------------------------------- Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Editing Credits: Yves Neron https://www.instagram.com/yves.neron/ Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives Filming Credits: Mat of Exploring Alternatives
Views: 1555585 Exploring Alternatives
Minimalist Family of 5 Living in a 1 Bedroom Apartment to Save Money
 
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In this video, we meet a family of 5 living a minimalist lifestyle in a 600 square foot, 1 bedroom apartment, in Ontario, Canada. Heather, Dominique and their 3 children moved from an 800 square foot suburban condo into this 600 square foot apartment to reduce their living expenses in order to pay for an early intervention therapy program for their eldest son who is autistic. The cost of the therapy program is over $5,000 CAD, per month. They’re able to save close to $2,000 each month by keeping their living expenses low, and they fundraise the rest of the money they need: https://www.gofundme.com/therapyforjacob The apartment has a kitchen and bathroom and one large living area that they use as a dining room, living room, and master bedroom for the parents. The single bedroom has a set of bunk beds, and one crib, as well as lots of floor space for toys like a trampoline. The couple have gotten into the habit of regularly donating stuff they don’t need, doing the dishes and cleaning up frequently to keep the space clutter-free, and living without things after they break instead of replacing them (like their kettle for example). The couple says they’re able to make this minimalist living situation work because they prioritize their son’s therapy and education over accumulating objects. At first, minimalism was meant to be a short-term living situation to pay for their son’s therapy for the first year, but they’re enjoying the simplicity and the savings that their lifestyle brings and they may continue after the year is up so that they can save more money for future expenses that might come up. Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Stay in Touch! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Music & Song Credits ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat Dubé of Exploring Alternatives.
Views: 815196 Exploring Alternatives
What is Minimalism & How It Can Change Your Life
 
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What is minimalism? In this video we're digging into what it means to be a minimalist, how can it change your life, and how it has allowed many people we've met to out of debt, or travel long term, or explore alternative lifestyles like tiny house living, van life, and more. We became minimalists in 2012 when we sold our house and downsized our stuff so that we could travel, and have more freedom to explore other ways of living. Since then, we've met so many people who have also embraced living with less in order to help them achieve their life goals. We feel that simplifying your life and reducing the clutter in your physical space, in your day-to-day life, and spending less money can have a positive impact on your life. Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- SUPPORT OUR CHANNEL! ------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you to all of our Patrons who support us so generously and a very special thank you to our backbone supporters: The Burgess Family! If you like our videos, please consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------- Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- SUBTITLES AND CLOSED CAPTIONS ------------------------------------------------------------- A very special thank you to our subtitle and closed captions contributors! If you would like to contribute subtitles or closed captions to an Exploring Alternatives video, please click here to see which ones need your help: http://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_panel?c=UC8EQAfueDGNeqb1ALm0LjHA&tab=2 To learn how to create and submit subtitles and closed captions, check out this YouTube info page: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6054623 If you would like credit for your subtitles, translation, or closed captions in the description of the video, please email us with your full name, the language of your translation, and the video title that you worked on. You can email us at: [email protected] ------------------------------------------------------------- SPONSORS ------------------------------------------------------------- We occasionally include paid sponsor messages/integrations in our videos to help fund the channel. We do our best to work with companies and organizations that offer products or services that are in line with our values, and that we think would be interesting and useful to our viewers. We will always disclose if we’re promoting products that were given to us for free, or if we’re including a sponsored message in our video. For business or sponsorship inquiries, please email us at [email protected] ------------------------------------------------------------- VIDEO CREDITS ------------------------------------------------------------- Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Editing Credits: Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives Filming Credits: Mat of Exploring Alternatives
Views: 114548 Exploring Alternatives
Woman Builds Unique Tiny House for Affordable City Living - Tour & Interview
 
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After finishing grad school, Sam Gambling decided that a tiny house would be a perfect fit for her lifestyle. She wanted to remain in Vancouver, BC to be near work, family and friends; but the cost of living in the city was incredibly high. She also wanted to be able to work a not-for-profit job without worrying if she'd have enough money for rent each month. Last but not least, tiny houses were a housing solution that fit well with her environmental sustainability values. She knew tiny houses weren't legal in the city, but she went ahead and hired a builder, and began construction on her tiny house in 2016 anyway. After a few months, she realized that it was harder than she thought to find an urban parking spot for a tiny house. She did receive many offers to park her tiny house in rural areas though. After meeting other people in the tiny house world who were encountering the same issue, she co-founded the BC Tiny House Collective with Anastasia Koutalianos to try and legalize and legitimize tiny houses in the province of British Columbia, and in Metro Vancouver. The two women are working with partners and volunteers to do research, outreach, consultations, tiny house builds, and pilot projects to make tiny houses legal. BC Tiny House Collective: http://bctinyhousecollective.com/ For the time being, Sam isn't living in her tiny house. She's waiting for a pilot project opportunity so that she can legally live in her home. The tiny house is 10 feet wide, and was built using some reclaimed materials for things like the trim and the cork flooring. The house is designed to collect rainwater for landscaping and gardening, it has a vermi-composting toilet, full kitchen with a propane stove, two electric heaters, and a 120 Volt extension cord to power the house. We know there will probably be questions about the conveyor belt toilet! It's sold by Toilet Tech Solutions and you can find out more about it here: http://www.toilettech.com/urine-diversion.html We hope you enjoy the full tour of Sam's house on wheels even though it isn't completely finished yet :) Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- SUPPORT OUR CHANNEL! ------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you to all of our Patrons who support us so generously and a very special thank you to our backbone supporters: The Burgess Family and Jakob Dannesboe! If you like our videos, please consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------- Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- SUBTITLES AND CLOSED CAPTIONS ------------------------------------------------------------- A very special thank you to our subtitle and closed captions contributors! If you would like to contribute subtitles or closed captions to an Exploring Alternatives video, please click here to see which ones need your help: http://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_panel?c=UC8EQAfueDGNeqb1ALm0LjHA&tab=2 To learn how to create and submit subtitles and closed captions, check out this YouTube info page: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6054623 If you would like credit for your subtitles, translation, or closed captions in the description of the video, please email us with your full name, the language of your translation, and the video title that you worked on. You can email us at: [email protected] ------------------------------------------------------------- SPONSORS ------------------------------------------------------------- We occasionally include paid sponsor messages/integrations in our videos to help fund the channel.  We do our best to work with companies and organizations that offer products or services that are in line with our values, and that we think would be interesting and useful to our viewers. We will always disclose if we’re promoting products that were given to us for free, or if we’re including a sponsored message in our video. For business or sponsorship inquiries, please email us at [email protected]  ------------------------------------------------------------- VIDEO CREDITS ------------------------------------------------------------- Music & Song Credits:  All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Editing Credits: Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives Filming Credits: Mat of Exploring Alternatives
Views: 612785 Exploring Alternatives
Man Builds Stunning Off Grid Shipping Container Home on Mountain Top
 
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Adam from HoneyBox (http://www.honeybox.ca/) built this stunning off-grid shipping container cabin on top of a mountain in British Columbia, Canada. The cabin is built with 3 x 20 foot shipping containers. The middle container is bolted to a cement block foundation using twist locks, and the two outer containers are cantilevered using lashing rods. He designed the cabin to take full advantage of the panoramic mountain view by covering almost an entire wall with windows, although he admits this is not the most energy efficient design. He's got 800 Watts of solar panels to power his 12-volt system for lights, outlets, and a water pump. He has a wood stove for heat, propane for the fridge, hot water, and cooktop, and he has a composting toilet from Sun-Mar. For water, he has a well and a rainwater catchment system, and he uses both to fill 2 large water tanks for showering and washing dishes but he doesn't yet have a filter for the rainwater and the well water is ferrous so he brings in drinking water for now. One of the main challenges of building with shipping containers is trying to avoid water leaks along the seams where the containers are joined together. Once the clamps are in place, there's a 3 inch gap between containers. Adam installed a mechanical gutter along the seams on the roof to divert water off the roof, and he has a second gutter underneath it to catch any leaks from the first gutter. So far he hasn't had any water issues. You can avoid leaks by building a roof over the containers. The cabin is insulated with spray foam insulation, which adheres to the steel walls and helps avoid condensation problems that might arise with fibreglass batts. Adam built this structure as a studio to demonstrate one of the many ways that shipping containers can be used to create unique living spaces. He doesn't live in it full-time. To learn more about HoneyBox INC., check out their website or send Adam an email: http://www.honeybox.ca/ [email protected] Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- SUPPORT OUR CHANNEL! ------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you to all of our Patrons who support us so generously and a very special thank you to our backbone supporters: The Burgess Family. If you like our videos, please consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------- Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives Twitter: @ExploringAlt ------------------------------------------------------------- OUR CAMERA GEAR* ------------------------------------------------------------- Sony a6000 Camera: http://amzn.to/2rTbnis Sony a6300 Camera: http://amzn.to/2rbDF4X Sony 50mm 1.8 Portrait Lens: http://amzn.to/2rjNLok Rode VideoMicro: http://amzn.to/2sgnWoC Zoom H1 Audio Recorder: http://amzn.to/2suSEen Polsen Lavalier Microphone: http://amzn.to/2rbDxma Vanguard ABEO 234 AV Tripod: http://amzn.to/2sv1WGX SanDisk Extreme Pro 64 GB SD Card: http://amzn.to/2slHfxt *Full Disclaimer: the links to these products are Amazon Affiliate links which means we earn a commission if you purchase the product using one of the links listed above. The products don't cost more by using our links, but the commission helps us continue to fund the Exploring Alternatives project. These are all products that we use and that we have purchased with our own money, with the exception of the Sony portrait lens which was gifted to us by Mat's Dad (Merci Jacques!). ------------------------------------------------------------- SPONSORS ------------------------------------------------------------- We occasionally include paid sponsor messages/integrations in our videos to help fund the channel. We do our best to work with companies and organizations that offer products or services that are in line with our values, and that we think would be interesting and useful to our viewers. We will always disclose if we’re promoting products that were given to us for free, or if we’re including a sponsored message in our video. For business or sponsorship inquiries, please email us at [email protected] ------------------------------------------------------------- VIDEO CREDITS ------------------------------------------------------------- Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Editing Credits: Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives Filming Credits: Mat of Exploring Alternatives
Views: 375881 Exploring Alternatives
How to Find Online Work & Make Money While Traveling - 8 Easy Tips
 
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In this video, we share 8 tips to help you find online jobs so that you can earn money while travelling. A lot of us want to travel more but we can’t necessarily afford to take a vacation for more than a couple of weeks at a time. The good news is that there are a lot of jobs that can be done with just a laptop and a wifi connection, and that don’t tie you to a physical office. If you can get one of these online jobs then you can, in theory, do your work from almost anywhere in the world as long as there’s a wifi connection. There are lots of different kinds of jobs you can do online like graphic design, web design, customer service, social media manager, sales, virtual assistant, transcription, translation, freelance writing, editing, marketing and more. These are just some of the more obvious ones but there are a lot of other online jobs so don’t worry if you don’t fit into one of these categories. Below are links to the resources we mention in the video: FlexJobs: https://www.flexjobs.com/jobs Forbes list of the top 100 companies that offer remote jobs: http://www.forbes.com/sites/laurashin/2016/01/27/work-from-home-in-2016-the-top-100-companies-for-remote-jobs/#e4f95ee36f04 Upwork: https://www.upwork.com/ Fancy Hands: https://www.fancyhands.com/jobs Please do your best to avoid applying for scam jobs that promise to make you tons of money by getting you to do work like clicking ads or filling out surveys. Also, make sure you do your research before you travel (and work) in another country. Most countries require a work visa if you’re going to be applying for jobs within their borders, but with online work it shouldn’t be a problem (unless you’re employed by a company inside the country you’re going to visit). Still, arrive at the border prepared, especially if you plan to visit the United States because they are very strict about this kind of thing. We hope these tips help you find online work! Stay tuned to see our upcoming videos about finding work offline, and about work exchange opportunities. Give this video a thumbs up if you liked it, and subscribe for more alternative living videos. Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- Stay in Touch ------------------------------------------------------------- Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- Music & Song Credits ------------------------------------------------------------- All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat Dubé of Exploring Alternatives.
Views: 383912 Exploring Alternatives
Best Low Cost Tiny House Alternative - The Mongolian Yurt
 
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We met up with Rivkah from Groovy Yurts (www.groovyyurts.com) to learn about the traditional hand-painted yurts (gers) they import directly from Mongolia, and we also helped her team set one up at the Tiny House Festival this summer. It was more work than we thought it would be but it was totally worth it when we finally stepped inside the beautiful structure. Mat and I both love the round shape of a yurt, and the natural light that pours in from the skylight dome in the center. We also really appreciate that these yurts are made from 100% natural & renewable resources. The wall lattice (khana), the roof ring (toono), and the rafters (uni) are built from sustainably harvested wood (Groovy Yurts plants 35 trees for every yurt sold). The cotton liner and outside cover are made from cotton (less sustainable but still natural and renewable), the insulation is made from sheep's wool felt, the ropes that tie the yurt together are made from braided horse hair, and the lattice joints are held together with pieces of camel hide. It took us no time at all to set up the walls of the yurt into a perfect circle. The tricky part was making sure the centre ring was actually centred so that the rafters could fit into the notches at the top of the lattice walls, and into the notches in the centre ring. In less than a few hours, we helped set up a house that was cozy and warm, all natural, and that provided ample natural daylight. We couldn't get over how easy it was to make a yurt compared to building a tiny house or a conventional home. And it was so much cheaper, too! Obviously the materials that a yurt are made of will not last as long as a conventional home, but they can still last a very long time if they're properly cared for. Rivkah was telling us that in Mongolia, they expect a yurt to last 100 years, with repairs and maintenance of course. In some of North America's wetter climates, yurts of any kind (natural and synthetic) can experience moisture issues if they are not regularly occupied and heated to keep them dry. To combat this moisture issue, Groovy Yurts offers the option of including an additional waterproof layer between the canvas and the insulation to avoid moisture seeping into the structure. Mongolian yurts are hand-painted and are usually red or orange inside to symbolize the sun shining over the Mongolian steppe. They are traditionally heated with a wood stove that is also used for cooking. Since Mongolian people have a deep respect for the earth, they prefer not to tie their homes down to the earth. Instead, they will use a rope and attach it to something heavy, like their wood stove or a heavy rock to prevent it from being damaged by high winds. Yurts (also known as Gers) are impressively simple yet efficient little structures with a lot of character. We hope you have fun learning more about them in this video. For more information about Groovy Yurts, visit their website here: http://www.groovyyurts.com/en/ Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- SUPPORT OUR CHANNEL! ------------------------------------------------------------ If you like our videos, please consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------ Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- VIDEO CREDITS ------------------------------------------------------------ Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Editing Credits: Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives Filming Credits: Mat of Exploring Alternatives
Views: 204456 Exploring Alternatives
Experiences vs Things - Minimalism for a Richer Life
 
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Here's a little bit of inspiration if you need it :) Living a minimalist lifestyle can help you prioritize what is important, and let go of what isn't. It can help you choose experiences instead of things, so that you can do more of what you love, and less of what you don't. Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------ Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat Dubé of Exploring Alternatives.
Views: 52416 Exploring Alternatives
Van Life - Tour of a 1990 Westfalia Vanagon Camper Van
 
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Check out our new Guide to Van Life: http://goo.gl/dnhZQq - In this video, we take a tour of a 1990 Westfalia Vanagon Campervan with Jason and Amélie, a couple of Canadian weekend warriors who use the camper van as an adventure-mobile that takes them on incredible mountain biking and surfing trips with their dog Jazz. They're also contributors to the Go-Van project, which you can check out here: http://go-van.com Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Stay in Touch! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat Dubé of Exploring Alternatives.
Views: 145520 Exploring Alternatives
Film Producer Living & Working in a Camper Van - #VanLife Traveler
 
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Julien is an entrepreneur and video producer from Montreal, Canada who lives and works in his camper van full-time. In the last few years, road tripping in campervans has become a popular way to travel on a budget, and many people are taking the trend one step further by living the van life full-time to save money and to enjoy the special freedom and flexibility that a life on wheels can offer. While living and travelling in a van can be a cheap lifestyle, it’s certainly not free. We caught up with our friend Julien from Go-Van http://www.go-van.com/ while we were on Prince Edward Island (PEI) in August 2016 to find out how he’s turned his awesome camper van into a mobile office so that he can be a digital nomad and earn money on the road. At 30, he sold his first business, an online skateboarding magazine called 33mag, and invested the money he made in a condo, but he preferred to travel as a digital nomad in his 1989 GMC Vandura camper van looking for adventure and good surfing. The freedom he experienced on his trips in the van, and the people he met on the road increased his passion for the van life and inspired him to start his second business: the Go-Van website, where he shares road tripping stories from fellow van dwellers, and videos about his travels. To finance the Go-Van project, Julien needed a business model so he started creating video content for brands and tourism bureaus while he travelled. When he’s working on the blog, applying for contracts and planning his upcoming video projects, his mobile office is very simple. He uses a cell phone to create a wifi hotspot for his laptop, and he has a bag full of hard drives with his video footage. To power his laptop and cell phone, he’s got a couple of house batteries that can be powered by the van’s alternator, or by the solar panels on the roof. When he’s producing a new video, the van turns into a full-on mobile production studio. For each week-long video shoot, he hires 1 or 2 videographers to live and work with him in the van, along with all their camera gear. There’s usually two people sharing the bed, and a third person sleeping in a tent outside. One of his first video contracts was for a Quebec-based camper van conversion company, Safari Condo, in 2015 that led to a long-term partnership with them that allows him to use one of their super functional camper vans year-round. Now that he has all the comforts of home on the road with him, like running water, a shower, and a kitchen, he’s been able to make a big change in his life by renting out his condo and transitioning to living and working in the van full-time, which allows him to enjoy his passion for travel, camping, the outdoors, and adventure. The one challenge that Julien sometimes finds hard with this lifestyle is being away from friends and family. But aside from that, the more he learns and experiences on the road, the easier this extreme lifestyle becomes. Check out the Go-Van website http://www.go-van.com/ to keep up with the latest van life stories from around the world and follow them on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/go_van_com/ for some amazing van life inspiration. A special thank you to Naulé for sharing his song, Motion, with us (first song in the video). It's so good! See his social media links in the credits below to listen to more of his music. Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- SUPPORT OUR CHANNEL! ------------------------------------------------------------ If you like our videos, please consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------ Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- CREDITS ------------------------------------------------------------ Music & Song Credits: The first song in this video is Motion by Naulé: - Song: Naulé – Motion - Spotify: smarturl.it/MotionSpotify - Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/naulemusic/motion - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/naulemusic/ All remaining music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Filming Credits: Mat of Exploring Alternatives *A few video clips, drone shots, and photos were provided by Julien from Go-Van. Editing Credits: Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives
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Incredible Mini Earthship Style Cabin - Tiny Off Grid House with Solar Power
 
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In this video, we tour a mini earth ship style cabin at the Terra Perma community (http://terraperma.ca/en) to learn how the building is designed to produce heat, water, and power; all while being 100% off-grid. The interior design of the tiny house is not only functional, but incredibly beautiful as well: It features relief cob sculptures on the interior walls, a dazzling recycled bottle wall, and floor to ceiling south facing windows. The tiny home away from home was built using over 200 recycled tires that were filled with earth and stacked in a semi circle to create the main wall of the cabin. This wall was then covered (backfilled) with a mound of earth to create a thermal mass that will store energy from the sun and help keep the home at a stable temperature year-round. To mitigate temperature fluctuations, there is a wood stove and radiant in-floor heating for cold months, and when it's warm out, there's a low-tech air conditioning system that cools indoor air by circulating it through a pipe that is buried under the mound of earth at the back of the house, and bringing it back into the house at a cooler temperature. The metal roof is built on an angle to optimize rainwater collection (their rainwater ducts had not yet been installed when we were there), and the overhang at the front provides shade to the structure during the summer to avoid overheating. To power the in-floor heating system, the air pump, the lights, and the electrical outlets, there is a 1000 Watt solar power system installed behind the cabin. You'll notice that there is no toilet or shower inside the earthship. To keep things simple they built an outhouse toilet, and a communal shower block for all of the eco-lodges (kind of like what you'd find at a campground). Terrasol is one of several miniature green building structures at Terra Perma that are rented to the public as vacation rentals. They're also a great way for people to experience living in different types of sustainable, hand built structures to see what living off grid is like. In addition to the earthship, they have a mini cob and straw bale house, 2 yurts, a tiny house, and a mini cordwood cabin. Terra Perma has property lots for sale for anyone who wishes to live in the permaculture community, and they also have cooperative business opportunities for eco-entrepreneurs. Mat and I met Elan from Terra Perma during the tiny house festival in Lantier, Quebec in July 2016 and adjusted our filming schedule to stop by and check out the super cool buildings he was helping to put up in Harrington, Quebec, Canada. We camped in our van at Terra Perma for 2 nights and had fun exploring their mini sustainable buildings, swimming in their private lake, and tasting their homemade maple syrup! To learn more about the Terra Perma project and their eco-lodge rentals, check out their website here: http://terraperma.ca/en You can also follow Terra Perma on Facebook here: http://facebook.com/terrapermaqc If you'd like to book a stay in the Terrasol mini earthship you can rent it out on airbnb here: https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/9540250 Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- SUPPORT OUR CHANNEL! ------------------------------------------------------------ If you like our videos, please consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------ Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- SUBTITLES AND CLOSED CAPTIONS ------------------------------------------------------------- A very special thank you to our subtitle and closed captions contributors! Korean Subtitles by Gaedong Kim If you would like to contribute subtitles or closed captions to an Exploring Alternatives video, please click here to see which ones need your help: http://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_panel?c=UC8EQAfueDGNeqb1ALm0LjHA&tab=2 To learn how to create and submit subtitles and closed captions, check out this YouTube info page: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6054623 If you would like credit for your subtitles, translation, or closed captions in the description of the video, please email us with your full name, the language of your translation, and the video title that you worked on. You can email us at: [email protected] ------------------------------------------------------------- VIDEO CREDITS ------------------------------------------------------------ Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Editing Credits: Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives Filming Credits: Mat of Exploring Alternatives
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SMALLEST TINY HOUSE with All the Comforts of Home - Full Tour
 
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Take a tour of this adorable tiny house with us. It's built on a short 16 foot trailer but it still feels surprisingly spacious inside with a huge galley kitchen on the main floor and a queen sized bed upstairs in the loft. Martin Bisson from Lumbec (http://www.tinyhouselumbec.com) built this tiny home, La Nautique (The Nautical in English), as his company's first tiny house prototype. They came up with some really interesting design ideas to maximize space in the house without making it feel cramped or crowded. The team added extra square footage by building out onto the triangular space at the front of the trailer. The living room/dining room area is built in this "bonus" space, and feels bigger than it is because there's no overhead storage or loft above it. There are electrical hookups below the seats in the living room so that solar panels could be connected easily. In the center of the tiny house there's a surprisingly spacious galley kitchen with tons of counter space, and ample storage beneath the countertops. There is an instant hot water heater that heats water for both the kitchen sink and the shower but there's no water tank in this house, so it would need to be hooked up to city water. In the kitchen, just above the countertop, there's also a small Dickinson Marine heater. At the back of the home there's a bathroom with a pocket door and this is the one room where the team ran into some design problems. Since they wanted the tiny house to be livable in all 4 seasons, they had to keep all of the plumbing and the grey water tank inside the insulated building envelope to prevent pipes and the tank from freezing in the winter. You'll see that the shower is a step up off the floor and that there isn't actually enough space to stand up in it yet (it is a prototype after all!). What they're going to do to remedy this is raise the ceiling by just over a foot, directly above the shower, and they'll use the raised surface this creates in the loft as a bedside table. Last but not least there is a Japanese inspired step ladder with built-in hand holds that brings you up into a loft that has space for a queen-sized bed. Lumbec installed a sliding window in the bedroom that is wide enough to fit the mattress through so that when it's time to replace the mattress, you can fit the mattress through the window. Overall Mat and I were impressed with how spacious this tiny house felt even though it was on such a small trailer. We also loved all of the different types of wood used in the house - it gave it a warm lived-in feel that we liked. If you're interested in learning more about Lumbec and their tiny homes, check out their website here: http://www.tinyhouselumbec.com Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- SUPPORT OUR CHANNEL! ------------------------------------------------------------ If you like our videos, please consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------ Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- VIDEO CREDITS ------------------------------------------------------------ Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Editing Credits: Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives Filming Credits: Mat of Exploring Alternatives
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How To Find Parking for a Tiny House? - 5 Useful Tips!
 
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In this video we share 5 tips and ideas on how to find parking for a tiny house. Tiny houses are illegal in many places, sometimes because they don't meet the minimum square footage requirement in the by-law, city planning or zoning regulations. Other times they're not permitted because they're on wheels, or if they're not hooked up to a septic tank, or if the property doesn't have a well. It's a good idea to find out what the rules are in your area before you buy a piece of land to park your tiny house on. Some RV parks and campgrounds allow tiny houses to park there and the advantage of staying in a place like this is that you might have water, sewer and power hookups. Maybe even WiFi! There are many communities, suburbs, eco-villages, towns, and cities who are re-zoning to allow tiny houses in certain areas. A website called Tiny House Community has a great list of places to check out: http://tinyhousecommunity.com/places.htm Parking a tiny house in someone else's backyard might be possible in one of these legal re-zoned areas, but it might also be legal if your area has a caregiver, accessory dwelling unit, or recreational vehicle allowance (and if your tiny house fits within their specific criteria). If tiny houses aren't legal in your area, we'd suggest doing some research to see if there are other people in your community who are also looking for places to park a tiny house. You may have to be the pioneers in your area to get the ball rolling. Talking to the people in your community, in your municipal office, and your neighbours is a great place to start. You never know who might be open and willing to help! Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- SUPPORT OUR CHANNEL! ------------------------------------------------------------ If you like our videos, please consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------ Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- VIDEO CREDITS ------------------------------------------------------------ Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Editing Credits: Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives Filming Credits: Mat of Exploring Alternatives
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Awesome Solar Air Heater for Off Grid Living, Tiny Houses, RVs and more..
 
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Learn more about this awesome solar air heater that is self-contained and self-powered, and captures free heat from the sun to heat any space from an off-grid cabin, cottage, basement, garage, tiny house, or just a regular every day house. It's easy to use and only needs to be installed on a South-facing facade to function. Designed & produced by the Quebec solar power company Eco Solaris (http://www.ecosolaris.ca/), this solar air heater is really affordable and can heat 30% of a 1000 square foot area, meaning it could reduce your heating bill by 30% for every 1000 square feet of living space (but it obviously only works during the day). The photovoltaic solar panel produces electricity to power the fans inside the unit, while the heat panel absorbs heat from the sun which in turn heats up the air circulating through the panel before blowing it into whatever space you want it to heat. To see how the panel works, check out this short video made by the company: https://youtu.be/xLo-KOs0U1M We think this is an incredibly efficient and easy to use heat source that uses clean renewable energy and using these solar panels will help reduce our dependence on hydro and fossil fuel heat sources. We hope to see them installed on more and more houses in the future! To learn more about this solar air heater and the company that makes them, you can visit the Eco Solaris website and follow them on Facebook & YouTube here: http://energierenouvelable.ca/produits/en/solaire/chauffage-solaire/chauffe-air-solaire-c116c130c40/ https://www.facebook.com/ecoSolaris https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6aI-tvMtKfwmyaZD9-vwYw Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- SUPPORT US ON PATREON! ------------------------------------------------------------ If you like our videos, please consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------ Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- VIDEO CREDITS ------------------------------------------------------------ Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Editing Credits: Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives Filming Credits: Mat of Exploring Alternatives
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Couple Spends 8 Years Living the Van Life & Backpacking Around the World
 
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Lauren & Craig are a couple of nomads from the UK who have been living the van life and backpacking on only $20 a day for over 8 years. They've visited over 50 countries so far and don't plan to stop their long term travel streak anytime soon. They typically work for 6 months, and then travel for 1 year using the money they earned. They apply for working holiday visas when visiting Western countries, which is how they manage to work while they travel. They also buy camper vans when they visit countries where the accommodation is expensive, which allows them to spend next to nothing on accommodation while living in a van (they sell the van at the end of the trip to make their money back), and they also save money by eating out less and not going out drinking every night. On average, the couple spends $10 each per day while backpacking and/or when living the van life. During their travel time (when they're not working), they go travelling and backpacking in countries where the cost of living is cheap, like India, Nepal, Southeast Asia, Central and South America. We love this couple's sense of curiosity and adventure, and are excited to follow their blog - Non Stop Travelling - and follow them on Instagram, to live vicariously through them while they explore the world. Blog: https://nonstoptravelling.wordpress.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nonstoptravelling/?hl=en Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------ Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat Dubé of Exploring Alternatives.
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Brilliant Yurt Design! - Mixing Tradition with Super Modern Construction
 
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In this video, we're meeting Pat from Yurta to get a behind the scenes look at how they make traditional yurts with natural materials while incorporating some very modern design ideas. These yurts can be set up in just a couple of hours and are built with 3 layers: - A collapsible wooden frame with a tension cable to determine the height of the structure, - A wool felt insulation layer that is needled with with a reflective layer to provide breathable insulation, - An acrylic-coated polyester/cotton outer shell to provide a breathable yet weather resistant cover. The modern touches that are found in Yurta's yurts, but not in traditional Mongolian yurts, are large windows and a clear dome. The dome can be opened to allow heat to escape and it provides a beautiful natural light even on cloudy days. Mat and I had fun helping Pat deploy a yurt frame and learning how simple and portable a yurt really is. We also like the fact that it's considered a tent in many places so it's an affordable 4-season tiny house alternative that often doesn't require a building permit. On top that, we're huge fans of building homes with natural, sustainable, renewable materials that have few chemicals in them. Many people like yurts for their simple design, for their portability, and for the wonderful feeling they get living in a round walled dwelling. To learn more about Yurta yurts, you can check out their website here: http://yurta.ca Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------ Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat Dubé of Exploring Alternatives.
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Building with Cob - A Natural & Affordable Way to Build a House
 
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Bryce from Dreamweavers Collective explains the benefits and challenges of building with cob! Cob is a natural building material created from clay, sand, and straw that can be used to build load bearing walls, window and door frames, and much more. It's an affordable and natural way to build using materials that are typically found locally. In fact, building with earth and natural fibres is a technique used in many places around the world. This style of construction can have different names, like earth building, adobe, mud bricks, etc. Unlike conventional buildings, cob is a simple way to build that can be an interesting and easy option to build a DIY green home using little, if any, toxic materials. Bryce teaches natural building and cob workshops in person and online. You can find out more about his courses on his website here: http://www.dreamweaverscollective.org/ He calls himself a 3rd generation cobber because he learned cob building techniques from Pat Hennebery at Cobworks: https://www.cobworks.com/ And Pat learned about cob from Ianto Evans, Linda Smiley, and the rest of the team at The Cob Cottage Company: http://www.cobcottage.com/ We hope you enjoyed learning about this interesting, natural, affordable, and alternative building technique :) We think cob houses are incredible and beautiful structures! Photos taken by Bryce and Kelly from Dreamweavers Collective. Dome & arch photos taken at Arcosanti: https://arcosanti.org/ The Cob Cottage and other cob houses built by Cobworks: https://www.cobworks.com/ White cob cabin built by Terra Perma: https://terraperma.ca/en/ Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- SUPPORT OUR CHANNEL! ------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you to all of our Patrons who support us so generously and a very special thank you to our backbone supporters: The Burgess Family and Jakob Dannesboe! If you like our videos, please consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------- Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- SUBTITLES AND CLOSED CAPTIONS ------------------------------------------------------------- A very special thank you to our subtitle and closed captions contributors! If you would like to contribute subtitles or closed captions to an Exploring Alternatives video, please click here to see which ones need your help: http://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_panel?c=UC8EQAfueDGNeqb1ALm0LjHA&tab=2 To learn how to create and submit subtitles and closed captions, check out this YouTube info page: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6054623 If you would like credit for your subtitles, translation, or closed captions in the description of the video, please email us with your full name, the language of your translation, and the video title that you worked on. You can email us at: [email protected] ------------------------------------------------------------- SPONSORS ------------------------------------------------------------- We occasionally include paid sponsor messages/integrations in our videos to help fund the channel.  We do our best to work with companies and organizations that offer products or services that are in line with our values, and that we think would be interesting and useful to our viewers. We will always disclose if we’re promoting products that were given to us for free, or if we’re including a sponsored message in our video. For business or sponsorship inquiries, please email us at [email protected]  ------------------------------------------------------------- VIDEO CREDITS ------------------------------------------------------------- Music & Song Credits:  All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Editing Credits: Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives Filming Credits: Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives Photo Credits: Bryce and Kelly from Dreamweavers Collective http://www.dreamweaverscollective.org/
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Amazing Viking Turf House Tour - Stunning Green Building!
 
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Thank you to Squarespace for sponsoring this video :) You can visit http://squarespace.com/exploringalternatives to get 10% off your first purchase! In this video we're excited to share the re-created 1000-year-old Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland, Canada. We visited the site last fall and had we really enjoyed learning more about the settlement, but also about the traditional construction techniques they used for the turf dwellings and workshops. The turf houses are built with timber frames that are load bearing, and walls that are built with peat bricks that have been cut and dried from a nearby bog. Each wall actually has two layers of the bricks, with layer of gravel sandwiched in the middle to help drain any moisture before it infiltrates to the interior of the structure. It's incredible that the Vikings were able to build such beautiful and functional structures with limited building materials, and in such a harsh environment. Another thing that we found really neat that didn't have anything to do with the structures was the fact that the bog not only provided peat for building, but bog iron they could use to create nails and other hardware they needed to repair their ships. If you're interested, here's a link to our longer, more in-depth video about an Icelandic turf house: https://youtu.be/_7JFwLyrdJw And here's a link where you can learn more about the L'Anse aux Meadows historic Viking settlement in Newfoundland: http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/nl/meadows Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- SUPPORT OUR CHANNEL! ------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you to all of our Patrons who support us so generously and a very special thank you to our backbone supporters: The Burgess Family and Jakob Dannesboe! If you like our videos, please consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------- Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives Twitter: @ExploringAlt ------------------------------------------------------------- SUBTITLES AND CLOSED CAPTIONS ------------------------------------------------------------- A very special thank you to our subtitle and closed captions contributors! If you would like to contribute subtitles or closed captions to an Exploring Alternatives video, please click here to see which ones need your help: http://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_panel?c=UC8EQAfueDGNeqb1ALm0LjHA&tab=2 To learn how to create and submit subtitles and closed captions, check out this YouTube info page: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6054623 If you would like credit for your subtitles, translation, or closed captions in the description of the video, please email us with your full name, the language of your translation, and the video title that you worked on. You can email us at: [email protected] ------------------------------------------------------------- SPONSORS ------------------------------------------------------------- We occasionally include paid sponsor messages/integrations in our videos to help fund the channel.  We do our best to work with companies and organizations that offer products or services that are in line with our values, and that we think would be interesting and useful to our viewers. We will always disclose if we’re promoting products that were given to us for free, or if we’re including a sponsored message in our video. For business or sponsorship inquiries, please email us at [email protected]  ------------------------------------------------------------- VIDEO CREDITS ------------------------------------------------------------- Music & Song Credits:  All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Editing Credits: Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives Filming Credits: Mat of Exploring Alternatives
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Rock Climber's Awesome Pop Top Stealth Camper Van Tour - Van Life
 
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Julian bought this super stealthy 1999 Ford E-150 camper van to use for rock climbing trips and as a mobile home and office when he's doing freelance photography contracts. Julian's Instagram & Website: https://www.instagram.com/vanlifevancouver/ https://www.instagram.com/julianfok/ https://www.julianfok.com/ The van has a pop top which is fairly rare on Ford E-150 vans, but it allows him to stand up in the van when he's parked which is nice for cooking, making the bed, and other chores. Or just to stretch after a long day of editing photos. The van has a furnace, ice box, water tank, kitchenette and a bed. The front passenger seat swivels to provide extra seating space in the "living room." There's an emergency toilet in the van but no shower. Julian usually showers at climbing gyms and uses public washrooms. A special thank you to Vancouver's Hive Climbing Gym for letting us film in your gym on short notice :) https://hiveclimbing.com/index.html Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- SUPPORT OUR CHANNEL! ------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you to all of our Patrons who support us so generously and a very special thank you to our backbone supporters: The Burgess Family. If you like our videos, please consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------- Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives Twitter: @ExploringAlt ------------------------------------------------------------- SPONSORS ------------------------------------------------------------- We occasionally include paid sponsor messages/integrations in our videos to help fund the channel. We do our best to work with companies and organizations that offer products or services that are in line with our values, and that we think would be interesting and useful to our viewers. We will always disclose if we’re promoting products that were given to us for free, or if we’re including a sponsored message in our video. For business or sponsorship inquiries, please email us at [email protected] ------------------------------------------------------------- VIDEO CREDITS ------------------------------------------------------------- Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Editing Credits: Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives Filming Credits: Mat of Exploring Alternatives Photo Credits: Julian Fok and Jeanette Lam ------------------------------------------------------------- OUR CAMERA GEAR* ------------------------------------------------------------- Sony a6000 Camera: http://amzn.to/2rTbnis Sony a6300 Camera: http://amzn.to/2rbDF4X Sony 50mm 1.8 Portrait Lens: http://amzn.to/2rjNLok Rode VideoMicro: http://amzn.to/2sgnWoC Zoom H1 Audio Recorder: http://amzn.to/2suSEen Polsen Lavalier Microphone: http://amzn.to/2rbDxma Vanguard ABEO 234 AV Tripod: http://amzn.to/2sv1WGX SanDisk Extreme Pro 64 GB SD Card: http://amzn.to/2slHfxt *Full Disclaimer: the links to these products are Amazon Affiliate links which means we earn a commission if you purchase the product using one of the links listed above. The products don't cost more by using our links, but the commission helps us continue to fund the Exploring Alternatives project. These are all products that we use and that we have purchased with our own money, with the exception of the Sony portrait lens which was gifted to us by Mat's Dad (Merci Jacques!).
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Our #1 Minimalist Budget Tip For Saving Money
 
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In this video, we're going to give you our #1 budgeting tip that has saved us a lot of money over the years. Disclaimer: this money-saving hack doesn't necessarily work for all financial situations. For example, when we're only earning enough money to get by, we don't have any extra expenses we can cut out of our budget. But when we do have a surplus of money, this tip helps us avoid buying things we don't want or need so that we can use it for more important stuff (for us) like paying off debt, saving for a trip, or planning for retirement. Another advantage to learning how to live with less money when we need to is that we can also set up living situations where our costs are low enough that we can work part time if we want to have more time to work on a passion project or just spend more time together. Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- SUPPORT OUR CHANNEL! ------------------------------------------------------------ Thank you to all of our Patrons who support us so generously! You are all the best! A special thank you to our backbone supporter, Jakob Dannesboe, we couldn't do this without you! If you like our videos, please consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------ Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- VIDEO CREDITS ------------------------------------------------------------ Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Editing Credits: Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives Filming Credits: Mat of Exploring Alternatives
Views: 151379 Exploring Alternatives