Mike Haydon

Life off Grid

Life Off Grid is a two-year journey exploring the lives of Canadians in every province and territory who have made the choice to disconnect. Life Off Grid is a film about people who have chosen to build their lives around renewable energy, with beautiful, inspiring, and often challenging results. Come and support an independent movie about being Independent! Pre-booking is essential for the movie to be screened and to make […]

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Self Sufficient Off-Grid Open Home

Urban Tilba is a sustainable Sydney home which has state of the art solar with lifetime batteries, urban wind turbines, urban food systems, along with Permaculture principles. It truly is a home for the future. Situated on a 650sqm urban block in Seven Hills (Sydney, Australia) Mike Haydon and his family create their own energy, harvest their own water and grow their own fruits and vegetables. This Australia Day Mike and his family will open up their home to the public to demonstrate to people that it can be done on a city block. They want to show the world how you too can make our cities more sustainable and create homes that work for our families.

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How to get your Permaculture Project Funded

The biggest hurdle with setting up a self-reliant property is the upfront cost. Most of us would love to be completely self-sufficient and a job or business that you go to work for play money right? When you look at the costs of setting up a property, the upfront investment is huge. The land, structures, energy systems, tanks, dams, food systems, equipment the list goes on and on. And then […]

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Solar Energy: What is the Problem and What is the Solution

When it comes to our energy needs, there are three main problems. We have confused needs and desires, cheap energy and not educated ourselves enough on understanding energy. Let me explain. Need is a word that gets used out of context all the time, it falls into the category of words like have to, should, got to and must. When we hear those words, we feel as if our choice […]

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Is “GOING SOLAR” The Best Thing For The Future, When It Comes To Your Energy Supply.

No, they are not the Beatles! These are enthusiastic students having just completed our advanced weekend course on semi-stand alone, battery based, (hybrid) 24-hour solar power systems. In front of them is instructor Mike Haydon’s state of the art C.I.G.S thin film solar array comprised of 10 x 160 watt UNI-SUN modules. Well hello; and thanks for following this story about our journey towards installing a solar power system that […]

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Is Going Solar the Best Thing for the Future of the Planet, When it comes to your Energy Supply ? !

Zaytuna Farms Solar Panels on the Shed Roof My Intentions in writing this article are to share with you my personal experiences of ten years of research as a consumer and a potential customer, just wanting to do the right thing for the earth when it comes to having a cold beer and a cool house while living in Sydney by supplying my property with a renewable energy source in […]

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