Going Off-Grid

Eagle Island, METhis weekend I begin my annual migration to an off-grid cottage whose most advanced technological feature is a rain-fed cistern connected to a hand pump. I hope to resist the urge to use the Internet (technically feasible but not easy), thus returning to Carbon-Nation with fresh insights from both the alternative manner of existence and the uninterrupted stretches of deep-thinking it delivers. Go ahead and chime in with deep thoughts of your own about our use of energy and options for rethinking it.

3 thoughts on “Going Off-Grid

  1. Peter, I’d like to know your thoughts on why North Americans surpass everyone else in energy consumed per capita, and what strategies we can employ to turn this around. I observe that the fuel economy of Ford, Daimler-Chrysler and GM (Opel/Vauxhall) vehicles sold in Europe is far better than those offered to North American consumers. I notice the higher use of ductless air conditioning in Asia, and tankless hot water heaters in Europe. I’m beginning to believe that the technology required to significantly reduce our per-capita consumption is proven, established, even old. Yet we don’t quickly adopt this “foreign” stuff. What to do?

  2. Peter,

    So that’s where you went. Beautiful! This is a great site with a lot of excellent material. I’m glad we’ve connected:)


  3. Dear Webmaster,

    I recently came across your ‘Getting Off Grid’ page at:


    Our website http://www.fuelcellmarkets.com is one of the leading online resources for Fuel Cells and contains a depth of information on products, business opportunities and information about resources such as yourselves.

    The reason I chose to request yourselves for a link is because we represent a number of companies globally offering a promising range of alternative energy solutions and thought this may be of interest to potential investors and other companies listed on the above page.

    I found your website very informative and wanted to thank you for maintaining your links page rather well.

    We would appreciate if you could please provide a link to Fuel Cell Markets Ltd. on the above page just under ‘credible reading’.

    Please use the following short description for our link:

    Fuel Cell Markets – Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technologies

    Fuel Cell Markets – Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technologies

    I would appreciate if you could please link back to us and please feel free to contact me in case of any queries.

    Thank you and kind regards

    Piyush Kumar
    Fuel Cell Markets Ltd
    Tel: +44 1895 442269
    Fax: +44 1895 431880

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