Sunday, 21 November 2010

Another friend living off the grid

Here is another wee story of someone else escaping the grid

hi Andy hope your well and dont let the b##t#### get you down :)
Moved to newbrunswick about 6 years ago after having a bid exepted on the internet a small bungerlow in the village of chipman. my main concurn was theft of power as i had read many storys of this,so I contacted the power company to have the supply disconected,anyway on my arrival to my house I discoverd this had not been done and had recived a power bill for $650 about £400 at the time .,after lots of arguments They finaly did this only later to find out a next door nabour had been using washers dryers and electic heaters in my house. my first option was to buy a small gene 5kv petrol, this was noisey and expensive to run and had compaints from guess who yes my nabour anyway I stated to find small low cost solar panels and added to the system to get a resonable suppy also batterys both deep cycle and orbital wich I love there so kick ass, the gene died and was repaced with a 5kv enclosed diesal that is now in the basement and is used to boost the batterys and runs my well pump that needs 3hp to run, also added back up systems candels is my fave solar garden light that I charge outside and then bring in at night, the panels work geat on the roof in summer and i the snow covered winter i fix them in the windows at the back of the house and they got lots of sun also reflected off the snow drifts. more to follow ok thanks pete


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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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