Tales from La Angostura, Guatemala, A Project in the Making – Chapter 3: Preparing to do Something

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Click for larger view To be sure, buying a nice piece of land requires a lot of effort and a few happy accidents. Things have to happen ‘just right’ in order for you to acquire a highly valuable property with little cash and a lot of complications, but, who said it was going to be… Read more »

Tales from La Angostura, Guatemala, A Project in the Making – Chapter 2: From Nothin’ to Buyin’

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If you read my last article (Inspiration and First Moves), you might know already that when I got motivated to do something with permaculture my financial situation wasn’t the best. To be precise, it was rather precarious. Nevertheless, as a dreamer that tries to see not the evidence that would discourage others, I kept on… Read more »

Solar Power: Is it Convenient for You?

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Trying to live more sustainably and save a buck or two…. Sustainability and economics Almost every time, more sustainable systems are far more expensive than our regular way of doing things. This may be the most difficult obstacle to overcome when converting. However, this observation only takes money and cash flow into consideration. There are… Read more »

Permaculture, a Step by Step Change, Part III – Solar Water Heating: Change and Save

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Welcome back to my Step by Step permaculture process. We have been studying the uses of passive solar space heating around the house; now it’s time for solar water heating. Solar water heating can be as simple as filling a transparent PET bottle with water and leaving it in sunlight, nevertheless, efficiency and high output… Read more »

Permaculture, a Step by Step Change, Part II – Further Steps: Solar Heating, Easy and Cheap

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The most important step Maybe the most important step in the permaculture change is mindset. The day you get motivated to follow into a life of change towards freedom from the grid, the system and advertising; that day you will have taken the first and most important step in the permaculture change process. When your… Read more »

Permaculture, a Step by Step Change

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To me, the simple idea of changing from an energy guzzling, water polluting, fertilizer junkie to a full ecological ‘Permie’ was just bogus. So far, it has proven impossible to make the full change in the last three years. I want to share with you some of my thoughts, ideas and frustrations; maybe you’ll find… Read more »