off grid living

Live off the grid and rent-free in the charming Wohnwagon mobile caravan

Live off the grid and rent-free in the charming Wohnwagon mobile caravan

The green roof helps insulate the home during the winter and cool it during the summer months. Triple-glazed windows punctuate the larch shell, bringing in natural light and framing views. Solar

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A Canadian man built this off-grid shipping container home for just $20,000

A Canadian man built this off-grid shipping container home for just $20,000

Dupuis is the architect of this peculiar home in the woods. That is, if you call a man who makes a home out of shipping containers an architect. By day, Dupuis is an engineer and renewable energy

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VIDEO: How to install Voltaic solar panels on your car

VIDEO: How to install Voltaic solar panels on your car

In the old days, if you wanted a solar panel, you had to buy one of those giant clunky things that were not only pricey, but also a real pain in the you-know-what to install. But times have changed,

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UNplug lets you reduce your dependence on the grid and stay powered during outages

UNplug lets you reduce your dependence on the grid and stay powered during outages

Software engineer Markus Loeffler wants to help consumers reduce dependency on the electric grid while saving on electric costs. “One Fridge off the Grid” was initially conceived during a power outage

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New Tesla battery could take your home off the grid

New Tesla battery could take your home off the grid

Ever wish you could ditch your electric bill? Tesla is working on a house battery that could help you break up with your expensive utility company, essentially turning any home into an off-grid abode.

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How All Power Labs’ gasifier technology could revolutionize clean energy production

How All Power Labs’ gasifier technology could revolutionize clean energy production

When the city of Berkeley kept shutting off power to his unconventionally-zoned artists compound, Jim Mason took matters into his own hands; he built a gasifier to turn plant waste into a source of off

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Inhabitat’s top design stories of 2014 – vote for your favorite!

Inhabitat’s top design stories of 2014 – vote for your favorite!

Green design will save the world, and this year designers went all out with an incredible range of innovations. Sada brought us an incredible hubless folding bike while Klemmens Torggler introduced the

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Man quits job to convert old van into a cozy solar-powered mobile cabin

Man quits job to convert old van into a cozy solar-powered mobile cabin

Formerly a systems engineer, Hudson quit his job after months of daydreaming about living and traveling out of a DIY camper van. He took the leap in October 2013, and despite not having any prior building

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6 Isolated Luxury Retreats for Off-Grid Living

6 Isolated Luxury Retreats for Off-Grid Living

Refuge du Goûter by Group-H Standing 12,582 feet above sea level, the Refuge du Goûter is a magnificent Alpine refuge by Group-H. Powered by the sun and wind, the stylish Alpine retreat is the highest

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Window Socket: Portable Solar-Powered Outlet Sticks to Windows, Charges Small Electronics

Window Socket: Portable Solar-Powered Outlet Sticks to Windows, Charges Small Electronics

The Window Socket is an idea so fabulously simple, it's slightly amazing that we haven't seen one before. Designed by Kyuho Song & Boa Oh, the charger sticks to a window and draws solar power to an

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Tricycle House and Garden Offer Off-Grid Living for China’s Landless

Tricycle House and Garden Offer Off-Grid Living for China’s Landless

PAO and PIDO used a CNC router to form the plastic Tricycle House, which is made out of folded polypropylene. This is the only plastic that is strong enough to handle the folds that act like an accordion

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Tiny $33K Home Offers Off-Grid Luxury Living on Wheels

Tiny $33K Home Offers Off-Grid Luxury Living on Wheels

By building their tiny home on wheels, the Morrisons were able to bypass many of the building codes and regulations that normally stand in the way of building tiny homes. Although hOMe measures just 8.5

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A Small Group of Villagers are Living in Caves in China’s Anshun Mountains

A Small Group of Villagers are Living in Caves in China’s Anshun Mountains

A small community of villagers in Guizhou Province, China refused houses that the government offered them, and decided to continue living in caves in the mountains of Anshun. The Miao ethnic minority

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Small Space Living Advocate Andrea Zittel Scoops 2012 Frederick Kiesler Prize

Small Space Living Advocate Andrea Zittel Scoops 2012 Frederick Kiesler Prize

We have featured Zittel's work on our site before, but she is still relatively unknown in the design world. That will change though, especially since receiving the Frederick Kiesler Prize. In addition to

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Robert Augustine’s Phoenix House is an Off-Grid Eco Outpost

Robert Augustine’s Phoenix House is an Off-Grid Eco Outpost

The Phoenix House is a solar home designed to be an outpost for living off the grid. Designed by architect Robert Augustine, the Phoenix House is set in the intensely hot, dry climate of the desert

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ARCHIVE Institute’s Health and Housing For Haiti Winners are Clean, Green, Off-Grid Homes

ARCHIVE Institute’s Health and Housing For Haiti Winners are Clean, Green, Off-Grid Homes

The competition's grand prize winner is Breathe House by Initiative Recover, a collaboration between a University of Virginia architecture professor, his students, and a team of medical professionals,

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