How to harness solar energy to power an off-grid air conditioner

You don’t have to sacrifice the comforts of a grid-tied home when you go off-grid. Thanks to recent advances in technology, you can now operate an air conditioner without relying on the power grid. Harnessing solar energy is one of the best ways to power an air conditioner. Here’s what you need to set up a solar power system in your … Continue reading How to harness solar energy to power an off-grid air conditioner

Forager favorites: How to make dandelion tea, salad and jelly

To a non-prepper, dandelions are weeds that should be destroyed. However, preppers know that dandelions can be used to make tasty and nutritious beverages and dishes. (h/t to ModernSurvivalBlog.com) The entire dandelion plant is edible, from its bright flowers to its roots. You can harvest dandelions in early spring or late fall. Only harvest dandelions from areas that … Continue reading Forager favorites: How to make dandelion tea, salad and jelly

Seed starting 101: 4 Good reasons to start seeds indoors

Though it’s possible to grow a vegetable garden by buying seedlings from your local garden center, it’s better to start your garden by growing seeds indoors. For one, it’s way cheaper than buying seedlings every time you want to grow something. Plus, you can buy seeds for more varieties than you will find for sale as … Continue reading Seed starting 101: 4 Good reasons to start seeds indoors

Self-sustainability and independence: A beginner’s guide to living off the grid

Going off-grid isn’t a decision preppers make lightly, especially since there are many factors to consider before you can be more self-sufficient. If living somewhere secluded is one of your goals as a prepper, read on to learn how to prep your own off-grid homestead. (h/t to LivingEtc.com) Living off-grid is an ideal lifestyle for preppers who … Continue reading Self-sustainability and independence: A beginner’s guide to living off the grid

This innovative skylight uses light from the sun to desalinate water for drinking

Designer Henry Glogau has developed a skylight that uses seawater to provide natural ambient light and clean drinking water. The device is charged by a mini solar panel during the day. The remaining sea salt is also funneled into a dozen zinc and copper batteries that power a strip of light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Glogau’s device, which he dubbed Solar … Continue reading This innovative skylight uses light from the sun to desalinate water for drinking

Not just a weed: 5 Ways to use dandelions in your kitchen

Dandelions will pop up just about anywhere, from the side of the road to the middle of your lawn. But don’t get rid of this flowering plant, even though it’s usually considered a pesky weed. Learn how to make soothing dandelion tea or salad using dandelion flowers and leaves. (h/t to ApartmentPrepper.com) Health benefits of dandelions … Continue reading Not just a weed: 5 Ways to use dandelions in your kitchen

Survival essentials: Here’s why you should grow food in your home garden before SHTF

Preppers know that home gardening is a beneficial activity because it allows you to grow crops without any harmful pesticides. Becoming a home gardener also means you have access to food after SHTF. (h/t to FoodStorageMoms.com) 6 Reasons to start a home garden Even if the world doesn’t end tomorrow, below are six reasons to start growing … Continue reading Survival essentials: Here’s why you should grow food in your home garden before SHTF

How to make DIY non-toxic mosquito repellants with essential oils

  With the mosquito season well underway, it can be tempting to buy mosquito repellants to protect yourself from mosquito bites. But these commercial products contain toxic chemicals that can do more harm than good to your health and the environment. To ward off mosquitoes without getting exposed to chemicals, try one of the following recipes … Continue reading How to make DIY non-toxic mosquito repellants with essential oils

How to grow, harvest and use turmeric, a versatile superfood

  Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a tropical plant in the same family as ginger. It is commonly used as a spice but also hailed for its medicinal properties. You can find turmeric, fresh or powdered, in most health food stores and even mainstream groceries. However, it doesn’t come cheap. Luckily, turmeric is relatively easy to … Continue reading How to grow, harvest and use turmeric, a versatile superfood

12 Budget-friendly tips for creating a beautiful garden

Stunning gardens are a treat for the senses. Fragrant flowers, colorful fences and weed-free beds help create an inviting garden for humans, birds and insects alike. Beginner gardeners might shrink at the idea of creating a garden that’s both functional and beautiful. However, it’s not as difficult as it seems. And it shouldn’t burn a hole … Continue reading 12 Budget-friendly tips for creating a beautiful garden