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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
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Choong Ck (4 days ago)
Nice beautiful place...
Ddd d (5 days ago)
Salut Helene je trouve cela super. J'avoue que j'aimerais bien voir ou meme essayer votre style de vie. J'aime beaucoup votre rocket mass heater qque chose que j'ai toujours voulue batir .
puppakittyleah love (6 days ago)
Very interesting ...
Johnathan Sanford (8 days ago)
But why?
christyxy702 (8 days ago)
Wow, it looks amazing to live in that area.
Mårten Woxberg (14 days ago)
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?
Steven (19 days ago)
Why don't you tell them about water ram pump?
P. Chretien (24 days ago)
They could have used the spring to generate electricity.
Himself Lee (27 days ago)
Great job! Happy for you.
Reuben Leveridge (1 month ago)
very impressive more similar stuff on #ecogypsy on you tube or #ecogypsy.guru cheers all
Rita Rivera (1 month ago)
Wonderful I love it
Darren Rishi Narine (1 month ago)
Wonderful life you are living, I wish I could live like that one day too. 😍😍
LJ Da Silva (1 month ago)
The Colosseum in Rome is concrete - seems to have lasted pretty well. It's a cruel world.
randomusername987 (1 month ago)
How cheap is solar panels in there?
Zakaria Malek (1 month ago)
You are an awesome
Isidro Orta (1 month ago)
Love it that’s awesome I would like to live there
Willa Edwards (1 month ago)
She is living my dream
Dr. Paul McNeil (1 month ago)
Excellent concept thank you for sharing Blessings Namasté 0010110 Paul
Wolfman Jack (1 month ago)
Earth Ship
mimi maliar (1 month ago)
How about toilet? Are they pooping into tire in outhouse?
Kat Naps (1 month ago)
I thought tires were toxic to the environment at least when they are buried.
Andy (1 month ago)
4:24 jesus what a fart
Nu Duo (1 month ago)
@ 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.
fatima mo (1 month ago)
Amazing such an inspiration
Wai Kay Au (1 month ago)
Wow
rneustel (1 month ago)
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.
Carole Lamont-Moore (1 month ago)
i want this,
Stacey K (1 month ago)
Do the tires give off any chemicals? I've always worried/wondered about that with people using them as building material.
Lynn Miller (1 month ago)
Nice lady but not from here. She sounds like a German person who has found a niche market. Not a true solo off the grid pioneer.
victoriakapshaw (1 month ago)
So say the well off baby boomers.
LucilleB (1 month ago)
If those tires contain natural latex, they would be bad for a person's health. The more one is exposed to it, the more likely one is develop a latex allergy. I have a latex allergy, and it's not fun.
Tommy Northwood (1 month ago)
I know a Frenchman named Rober't Dub'e
dyspraxic rose (1 month ago)
'Concrete is not very durable'...the ancient Romans built the pantheon out of concrete and it is still going strong!
Erica Quint (1 month ago)
My good friends live like this
heidi summer (1 month ago)
There’s radiation in rain water. Look into purification methods before use, even on skin.
Keresa Harder (1 month ago)
Swiss family robinson💕
Jos Tae Sch (1 month ago)
And where she get the banana?
Jos Tae Sch (1 month ago)
Question why does people leaving off grid has fire wood?
Terri Petty (1 month ago)
So cool.
wimmisky (1 month ago)
This is cool, but claiming tires filled with sand is more durable than concrete is more than a little ignorant.
Alan Fogle (1 month ago)
If the kink does not work from the other comment i made below just google Charles Dowding no dig gardening and you will get plenty of hits. Go to his website since he is the one with all the info.
Alan Fogle (1 month ago)
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/
ancient of daze (2 months ago)
The best energy supply for an earth ship lucky enough to be close to a stream is a gravity vortex generator. So long as river doesn’t freeze
Charmaine martel (2 months ago)
💓💗💞🤗💞💗💓
Lola Gosling (2 months ago)
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FrnnkEducation (2 months ago)
swastika at 1:32 and then they cut to her, blonde hair blue eyed recessive neanderthal
Kimberley Ike (2 months ago)
Concrete not durable? Oh whatever.
Deanne Hill (2 months ago)
This is so inspiring! Thank you so very much for sharing.😀💐🌱
Scot Ansgeulaiche (2 months ago)
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.
spaaggetii Man (2 months ago)
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...
Anna (2 months ago)
This is so interesting, but how does one live without a fridge? Is a cellar enough to keep meat, etc, cold enough in the summer?
Liz Loria (2 months ago)
...partners? So tempting. What a great way to live 🌱🌎🦋❤
Sapioit (2 months ago)
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.
William Seipp (2 months ago)
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.
Stefan Frisk (2 months ago)
Concrete not very durable? Roman concrete structures are still standing...
Louis Y (2 months ago)
5:46 shows a fridge. Liar
Colet Venter (2 months ago)
ill leave the city any time to live in that tranquil and free environment
Two of Pentacles (2 months ago)
How cool!
124 Spider (3 months ago)
Great if you got the funds to do it. Most of us don't. Lucky you.
lisa (3 months ago)
It's so beautiful I wish someday I can live like that.
Jonathan Asdell (3 months ago)
Isn't it a bad idea to have parts of the tires exposed?
LowsonIntl (3 months ago)
Great concept and good ideas, but tires are not eco-friendly and create off-gassing which can contribute to poor health. Would have been nice to actually get a tour of the inside of the home.
Nathan Smith (3 months ago)
blessed be the fruit
Steve Nikitas (3 months ago)
living in an apartment building is 100 times more environmental and efficient than this stuff
Paul Wilson (3 months ago)
Great concept with the jugs filled with ice
qamartaj balkeezkhan (3 months ago)
👍👍👍👍
silentone503 (3 months ago)
Cool. But what about the bathroom?
Raymond J (3 months ago)
so its not sustainable she needs all kinds of help from people to run the place from the neibours for ice she doesent have enough food on hand what the hell is so sustainable nuthing haha
mawadah mwanyali (3 months ago)
U are wealthy
Green Tech (3 months ago)
great life
rcp pop (3 months ago)
Did she say “Concrete isn’t durable”?
For people concerned with off gasing with the tire wall structure, thhe woman is this video https://youtu.be/5voBFW1fQPs explains how she prevents off gasing from tires.
Tammy W. (3 months ago)
Where is this place? I am very interested in joining, but location is important to me, please respond in this comment section, I am serious. Thank you Tammy Whitten.
Aaron Slifka (4 months ago)
*IF YOUR GOING TO HAVE ICE THEN BUILD A ICE BOX*
Lashonda Stewart (4 months ago)
Anyone else notice the swastika on the stove
Jenny Hughes (4 months ago)
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?
Mary Keim (4 months ago)
She should check out Amish people's ice houses.
Christina Hagerman (4 months ago)
She says no fridge.... what about the power for the chest freezer at 5:47?
Exploring Alternatives (4 months ago)
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!
Scott Mazerolle (4 months ago)
Really cool idea. I don't think she has read much on the strength and suitability of concrete..
ayyi ramadhini (4 months ago)
typical third-world country home. my house is exactly like that in Indonesia.. white people...ckckckck
Zooks (5 months ago)
Serenity 😊
Raymond Pomfret (5 months ago)
I'd love to live off grid but here in England they won't let you these corrupt wankers want yer money and will get it any way they can ,bent bastards !!!!
Sarah Sefton (5 months ago)
Beautiful ❤️
jay hogan (5 months ago)
every off grid home ive seen ( overhead view from a drone) looks like a garbage dump. Cant find the time to clean up and organize things ? Kind of disrespectful to the land.
Michal Svoboda (5 months ago)
concrete is not expensive, it is really durable and it is the best material to build with. don't trashtalk concrete thank you.
michael ryan (5 months ago)
sorry honey concretes cheap and it lasts thousands of years
Tsetsi (5 months ago)
this has got to be a hard life!
Janet Newbill (5 months ago)
What about snakes????
Ronald Starkey (3 months ago)
Janet Newbill ... snakes have no legs... don't worry...lol
Angie Krajewski (5 months ago)
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...
MYB Misa (5 months ago)
I would love to learn from you!!
Cookiee Cutter (5 months ago)
Living offgrid means paying no taxes or bills?
Rick Ray (5 months ago)
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.
Oliver Khoo (5 months ago)
im truly surprised with the ice storage 6 months?!
Wesley Tillman (5 months ago)
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.
Eliza Hriapca (5 months ago)
Try to make a "beci"(it's from romania) for the food
Edie Boudreau (5 months ago)
Interesting points.
Ithappened onenite (5 months ago)
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.
LovingAtlanta (5 months ago)
👍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.
Cleatus Spengler (5 months ago)
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.
Apt knife thrower guy (5 months ago)
Great video! Here in the states a lot of areas are making it illegal to be off the grid.....or collect rain water

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