Saturday, 30 October 2010


Just had this posted to my off the grid site , this is a gradute bloody hell what are they teaching them today . :


With "green energy", there seems to be an obsession with large industrial companies, and not self-sufficency. Here is a run-down of "green" sources, in light of personal usefulness. Solar-HA! What do you do when it is night, or when it rains? And what about people living in the higher latitudes, where the sun practi...cally doesn't even shine for half of the year. Solar is a joke. Wind? HA! Unless you're living in a tornado, you aren't going to have wind all of the time (there's also a reason people don't live in really windy places, not to mention all the harm to flying creatures caused from wind turbines). So that too is impractical. Biodiesel? HA! Aside from a person shooting themselves in the foot by converting their food source to electrical (or other means) of power, where is a normal person going to store drums and drums of smelly gunk? What source of energy is reliable, available to everyone all of the time, and doesn't deplete one's food source? GRAVITY.


  • The technology that harnesses the power of gravity is very old and extremely underused. It can be found in that of a grandfather clock, or a better known version is Big Ben. The timing mechanisms are run by escapements (think: pendulum). ... The work is illustrated by bells being run or figurines moving at specified times, called a "count/strike wheel". If technology this simple (run by a weight on a system of pulleys and gears that simply is rewound by a chain wench) can ring the humongous bells of Big Ben, it can be tailored to safely work for the household to make electricity, produce heat (not necessarily by electricity), cool the household, heat water, distill water, etc.See more
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  • Andy Lowe
    rather dismissive but hee we are all entitled to our opinoins eh ,i use solar and i live in the north the statement about solar panels is simply stupid most people use batteries to store power so when it is not sunnyyou have power stored wh...ich i run all our needs from. wind well i think the same here of course the wind does not blow all the time but once again batteries are used to store power, and as for flying animals Birds i use lighst attached to my wee genny and have had no trouble thankfully i reckon far more wildlife is kiled by transport cars buses trucks etc instaed of being down on people looking for a more simply life rejoice that they are at least tryingSee more
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  • Andy Lowe forgot to ask how much of your home is powered by gravity ???


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Andy the Daft Hermit lives 45 minutes outside Inverness with his wife Mel in an old bus parked in a layby. This current home of theirs is the longest they have ever stayed in one spot. “I’ve been travelling now 25 years,” said Andy Lowe. “Mel’s been travelling 15. One of the reasons we’ve come and stayed up here is because of Mel’s health. I wanted to bring her to the mountains for fresh air and clean water and just a slower pace of life.” Mel has had breast cancer twice, skin cancer once, and for three years believed she had bone cancer after being wrongly diagnosed. Andy’s belief in the restorative powers of the north made them pack up ‘The Black Bus’ that they live in and cross the border into Scotland. New Highland home for hermit couple Andy and Mel “I think we both believe in trying to get to a more simple way of life,” said Andy, “but it’s strange for us because we are sort of hermits, or we like to live separate, but it’s not being anti-social… it’s just the way we are that allows us to be creative.” Andy first began travelling when he left the army. Fed up with bureaucracy he packed a rucksack and left for France and has been travelling ever since. By investing any money the couple have earned into solar panels and wind generators they now live a self-sustaining existence, without electric bills, and collect rain water “straight from Heaven”. “It’s not easy,” said Mel. “There might be time when there might not be enough facilities around, but you always find a way, you know?” Rather than rejecting technology, Andy blogs about his travels online and collaborates with artists from around the world via his ‘Scratchy Heid Film Studio’, which he runs from a static trailer next to the couple’s bus. He explained his philosophy: “My belief is that if you can go through life and you drop dead and you’ve got a balance there that slightly outweighs the good than the bad, you’ve done alright. “Yesterday, with what Mel’s been through with the cancer and all that, I had a woman on one of my sites there that thanked me for the writing, for the positive things, and to me that’s worth everything. You can keep your millions, we’re not interested. That is what we do.” To check out Andy’s artwork and video projects check out his website. MORE FROM THE NORTH

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