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Nick Rosen

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The Best Phone to Take Off-Grid

(1) Comments | Posted February 22, 2011 | 10:33 AM

Being off the grid, your cellphone is the key piece of technology. Which to buy, how to use it and how to preserve the battery life are all critical decisions to off-grid knowledge workers (and everybody else).

For the past six years I have stubbornly stuck with my Nokia 9300,...

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Launching Off-the-Grid Settlements in the U.S.

(2) Comments | Posted February 9, 2011 | 9:27 AM

I get about 20 emails a week from people who want to go live "off the grid." It's not mainstream (yet) but there is a pent-up demand to live that way, in a cabin, or a boat or a yurt -- without utility power and water. So many people are...

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How Cannabis Saved the Planet (by Funding the Solar Industry)

(3) Comments | Posted October 28, 2010 | 7:42 PM

Briceland in Northern California is hippie country, home to thousands of bombed-out remnants of the 1970s counterculture. They arrived from all over America to turn on and drop out. And to make money they grew hundreds of tons of of marijuana each year. It is the hub of the $14...

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How to Cool Down While Powering Down (and Saving Money)

(6) Comments | Posted August 6, 2010 | 12:22 PM

Living off the grid teaches you how to get more for less from your energy consumption.

Here is a distillation of the lessons I learned while researching my book Off the Grid: Inside the Movement for More Space, Less Government, and True Independence in Modern America. They will save...

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There's Never Been a Better Time to Go Off the Grid

(2) Comments | Posted July 27, 2010 | 6:28 PM

The American economy is close to double dip, and ordinary Americans are wondering whether they can trust the government to protect them through the times that may be just around the corner.

US retail sales fell 1.1% in May and 0.5% in June. Manufacturing output fell 0.4%...

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'Off The Grid': 9 Amazing Attempts To Live Without The Electricity Grid (PHOTOS)

(425) Comments | Posted July 22, 2010 | 7:05 AM

As I crisscrossed America researching for Off The Grid: Inside the Movement for More Space, Less Government, and True Independence in Modern America, I encountered an unsatisfied, pent-up demand to live offgrid. And those who seek to live this way want to do so without obstacles like zoning, building permits,...

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