Clay Rocket Stove in Estonia

13 DIY Rocket Stove Designs

Rocket stoves are highly efficient for cooking and heating. They use a simple combustion chamber coupled with an insulated chimney to burn small amounts of material at high temperatures. A few sticks of wood will have water boiling in minutes. A couple more will keep your house warm and cozy through the harshest winter months at a fraction of the cost of a wood, pellet or gas stove.

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Earthship in Desert

14 Self Sustaining Earthship Homes

An important part of survival prepping is sustainability. To be truly ready for disaster on any scale, you must be prepared to provide your family with food and shelter. Ideally you are able to generate your own power and heat, collect your own water and process your waste. An Earthship home is designed to do all of this. It collects and recycles water, generates power, stabilizes temperatures, processes sewage and grows food.

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Snow Shovel Wind Turbine

12 Creative DIY Wind Generator and VAWT Designs

Part of being prepared for any disaster, natural or man-made, is having a plan for power. If the electric grid goes out, how will you light your home? Keep the contents of the freezer from spoiling? Run water pumps? Wind turbines are an easy way to harvest free power. There are many options, including the popular DIY wind generator design called vertical axis wind turbine, or VAWT.

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Solar Backpack

12 Best Solar Gadgets for Survival Preppers

Whether a local storm knocks out the power in your home for a few hours or a massive disaster shuts down the grid for month, solar powered gadgets will help you make it through. It is important to have a plan for providing light, heat and food preservation to your family when the electric goes down. Yet it could be just as critical to have power for a radio or to charge a cell phone.

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Tiny House in Luxury

12 Awesome Tiny Homes & Tiny Home Plans for Preppers

Every survival prepper should sit up and pay attention to the tiny home movement. These little dwellings are a physical representation of the survivalist philosophy: they consume minuscule amounts of energy, save on water, are generally inexpensive and, most importantly, they force you to let go of your attachment to stuff. There simply isn’t room for more than you need.

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coffee-can-rocket-stove

11 Off Grid Living Projects to Save Energy and Water

You may just be wanting a small cabin made from pallets with no running water or power sources for off grid living – or you may just want to do a few small things to help reduce your utility bills every month. Either way, you can get reduce your power and water consumption really cheap with just a little out of the box thinking. There are several ways to bring your expenses down without breaking the bank and have a little fun while doing it. Some of the off grid projects to be discussed include wind turbines, sun solar cookers, water filtration devices, miniature rocket stoves and more.

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thunderbolt-solar-panels

My Experience Buying Affordable Solar Panels for Emergency Power

For starters, I am not a solar expert though I have done my share of reading. Being that I’m on a fixed budget I’m not looking to replace my source of power from the grid by any stretch, but I do have a need to produce some minimal power in the case of an emergency to charge phones, walkie talkies, batteries, flashlights or even provide enough juice to run a few power tools.

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SolN1

Build Your Own Portable Solar Power Unit

Thanks to the hard work of Lasersaber at LaserHacker.com, he’s developed an open source idea for making your own solar power unit. What makes this build so unique is that everything is enclosed inside the frame of a 20 watt solar panel allowing you to plugin a power strip and power your devices easily.

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Solar Heater

DIY: Miniature Soda Can Solar Heater System

Using a few soda cans, some spare wood, some leftover plexiglass and a couple of old CPU fans – I made a miniature solar heater that is designed to sit in a window sill. This is a smaller version that I wanted to test out before building a larger 4×8 unit to do some real heating.

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Cell Phone Charger

Charge Cell Phone with Any Battery Using this Trick

While you may not find yourselves in this situation much, it’s always nice to have a way to power your small electronic devices such as walkie talkies, cell phones or even USB devices.

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