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:
Hélène donne un atelier le 1er avril intitulé: "Planification d'un rêve, techniques de construction et réglementation." Pour en savoir plus:
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:
Their posts are in French but they both speak French and English.
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Get an extra solar panel, a couple of batteries and run a fridge of solar, there are alot of fridges made today that run of solar.
Freezing water is all well but what are the energy costs at the neighbour?
@ 1:50, actually it’s the opposite with concrete, it’s cheap, readily available everywhere, and very durable specially when steel rebar or micro rebars like helix are used; the only down side of concrete is its poor thermal insulating property.
We've actually started thinking about off the grid homes in NM and AZ for retirement. I wouldn't think there's that many day a year that you couldn't produce solar power. Add a propane fridge, stove and a backup generator, and life should be comfortable.
If you have excess to compost or the resources to make your own you can do a No Did Garden. It works VERY well. I use that method and got my idea from a guy in the UK, named Charles Dowding. It is labor saving and grows wonderful veggies, fruits, etc.Here is a link to his website. He has many video's that will help you tremendously. https://www.charlesdowding.co.uk/no-dig-growing/no-dig-growing-preparation/
Scot's wife here. 1. Fantastic that people like this are showing this is somewhat possible. 2. Why must so many houses like this off grid look like unfinished storage rooms? 3. Without the neighbour, the ice and other amenities are not possible. The ice is obviously needed in the warmer climate when they don't have it. Off grid has a long way to go before it's truly efficient and even attractive to many and as Helen said, 'it's a lot of work for two people.' People who lived off the land up until the end of the 19th century, spent almost every waking hour doing just that. They didn't go to weekly films, take a weekend trip, or go shopping for an afternoon. It was their survival and whole life. Living in a cold winter climate while doing this must not be fun.
I am just wondering if you have encountered any end of day type situations during the 11 years you have shut yourself off from the world. Have you seen any zombies?, have you encountered any financial global experiences that would shut down the economical system and bring the world into complete chaos because stocks are down? Or as far fetched and mad it may sound, you have spent 11 years building the perfect platform and base to just 'hide away' from the real world. Just wondering, because 11 years and you have not even had a UFO come check up on you?. Maybe You need to reevaluate the world you live in. Perhaps plant a Transport Sensor Array! Then you can sell off the Pickled Marmalade Jars you have stored for 10 years...
I think I might have a solution for your refrigeration problems:
You could use a stirling engine in reverse (giving it mechanical energy instead of giving it temperature difference), powered by either wind or solar (the cheapest would use metal sheets, pipes, a stirling engine for creating motion/rotation and a rammed earth structure/silo for storing the energy for the night time), you can get either heating or cooling (depending on the direction of rotation or on which side has the closed loop and which has the open loop). If you want me to go into details, and maybe also link to a few videos, tell me and I shall.
I like the video and all but to rely on other people's labor to grow food for two people is hardly self sufficient.
Or perhaps they would need the labor to develop their long term capacity for growing food? I dunno. Just wanted to be frank about the challenges that come from this lifestyle as well.
This sounds GREAT! This used to be my dream but now I'm injured & a bit disabled and getting old (and worse) I don't think I could do most of the things you'd have to, sad. Oh and I live alone. Any communities like this ready-built e.g. by governments for people like me and all those (almost everyone) who WILL be like me when they get old and if injured, ill etc. ? If not why not?
Good eye! They freeze ice in containers all winter-long, and then store them in an underground storage room packed in sawdust. They use the ice packs to keep the chest freezer cool all year long. No power is being used. Thanks for watching Christina!
See this is what i believe is a big big effort to be able to live like this and yes.,there still are things to be done..to say being completely self sufficient... because of the ice .,and some things people still buy at the groceries...in general....i think there is no way that a person can be 100% self sufficient...
Take a small fridge and rip the insulation and electronics out of it. Place it in line with the pipe you have to catch the spring water. have a hole in the top of the fridge and put a bleed off pipe to overflow and walla. spring water fridge and it will maintain 39 degrees if your water is cold.
I don't see anything really sustainable about this. I attended a workshop on alternative building with tires and so on and found most involved dreamers. First, the cost and environmental impact is at best no better than living a typical suburban life. Solar panels are expensive, have limited lifespans, and are a tremendous environmental hazard to manufacture and dispose of. Gird power is actually clearer. Helene and her partner are not self sufficient concerning food and a number of things. They use modern electronics to hook up to the net "grid", and thus depend on that industry. They use modern transportation to drive many miles from their remote location to get their modern medical drugs and conventional nick-nacks. They use neighbors resources to get ice. As she mentioned at the end of the vid, they work their butts off and are still not independent; good luck as you get older with that strategy. It takes serious money to build and maintain such a setup, it's a first world indulgence. There's no realistic way large numbers of people could live like this. Not only that but since Canada is inviting in the third world where will these trendy hipsters go to get away from "third world Canada". It will soon follow them far into the woods.
Wow I really love what you’re doing! I’m a schoolteacher and for years I’ve been interested in living off the grid and living off the land and to be honest I never really had a clue as to how to accomplish that. And because I’m a schoolteacher I have summers off. With that said I’m very interested in coming to your workshop.
👍Awesome. Good for her. However...it all sounds good theoretical but ☝️I know first hand for a fact after having seen & experienced it for myself at my friend’s place that the only problem is it’s too cold to keep warm in the winter months & too hot to keep cool in the summer months. 😔 There’s gotta be a great in-between solution out there some where though.
Most of the permaculture people are just slaves to a trendy word and half thought out 'ideas'. This was all tried in the 60s and look where most of the people are now- behind a corporate desk or rehab rest homes....... Use common sense and most things work themselves out.
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