Your Rain Water Usage Guide

 Water is one of our greatest natural resources.  However, when it rains, most of the water ends up in storm drain systems where it has to be treated to be recycled.

But you can actually create systems to store and use rainwater where it will do the most good.  You can also save money and natural resources by following a rainwater usage plan for your household.

The Benefits of Storing and Using Rainwater

There are many reasons to store and use rainwater.  It benefits both you and the environment around you.  People have stored rainwater for thousands of years, so this isn’t a new idea.

It’s just become more popular in recent years as we’ve learned what a great benefit it can be.  Understanding more about these benefits can help you make the decision to begin using rainwater.

First, storing rainwater actually reduces flooding and erosion that can be caused by the downspout of your gutters.  This can help keep your yard looking great and prevent water from ending up in storage drain systems.

When you store and use rainwater, you can also save money.  Normally, you have to pay for the water that you use to irrigate your lawn or to wash your car.  But with stored rainwater, this becomes a free resource for you.

When you use rainwater to water your plants, you’ll actually provide them with better nutrition.  Rainwater is naturally full of minerals that are good for plants.  It’s also free from pollutants and chemicals found in tap water.

If you live in an area that can be prone to drought, storing rainwater can provide you with a water source during those dry times.  City water sometimes becomes restricted during drought conditions, but your rain barrels will be accessible to you.

When it comes to the environment, freshwater is an extremely limited resource.  Only 3% of the world’s water supply is able to be used for drinking and other home use.

Because water consumption is high in industrialized countries, natural sources of water are beginning to dry up.  Harvesting rainwater captures a renewable resource and prevents water from entering storm drainage systems where it can become contaminated. This is where your rainwater barrel come into play.

 

rain water barrel

Creating a Storage System for Rainwater

Collecting rainwater has become a popular way to conserve water in recent years.  That’s good news – because it’s made it possible to find many different systems for storing it.

One of the most popular and least expensive methods is using a rainwater barrel. Rain barrels are large containers that can collect rainwater from the gutters of your home.  They can be made from materials such as large trash cans or buckets.

You can also purchase commercial kits that you can put together easily designed specifically for storing rainwater.  Once you have a system in place, your bucket will begin to fill each time it rains.

With a rain barrel it’s important to make sure you take some safety precautions.  For example, the top needs to have a child and pet proof top that doesn’t allow small ones to fall in.

You also need to have a filter at the top that prevents debris from going into the barrel along with the rainwater.  If you find that this system works well for you, you can even add multiple barrels so that you don’t have any overflow during a rainy season.

Rain barrels typically have a tap at the bottom for you to remove the water.  Some of them allow you to attach a standard garden hose so that you can use the water directly in your yard.

Always make sure that any material you use for your rain barrel is food grade.  This means it won’t leach harmful chemicals into the water and the water will be safe to use.

While rain barrels are the least expensive and simplest to install, there are more sophisticated systems if you’d like to have more water storage and can afford the extra cost.

A rain barrel typically holds around 50 gallons of water for use.  You can have several barrels to hold more water.  But if you’re interested in storing much more, you’ll need a different type of collection system.  One choice is called the Rainwater Pillow.

The Rainwater Pillow is a system that holds up to 1,000 or more gallons of water using a fabric container.  The amount it holds will depend on the size that you purchase.  For the typical homeowner, the original 1,000 gallon size is sufficient.

This system is much more expensive, costing thousands of dollars, but if you use a lot of water in your household for gardening or even farming this could be a valuable investment for you.

You can also invest in an underground system that catches rainwater and allows you to pump it out for use.  You can purchase a system that will provide water for your lawn and garden, but can also be used for toilets.

This system is quite a bit more expensive than other options because of its size, underground placement, and materials.  However, it can pay for itself in the long run by replacing your dependence on other water supplies.

In order to have this type of system, you’ll want to look in your local area for a company that specializes in it.  The cost will depend on your area and your specific needs.

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First Flush Systems for the Cleanest Water

One concern people have when using a rainwater barrel system from the rooftop is that it can become polluted by materials on your rooftop as the rainwater heads to the gutters.

This is a real concern as debris can contaminate the water in your barrel.  A great solution for this is to use a first flush system.  The first rain you’ve had is usually the most polluted as it washes away debris.

With a first flush system, the first five or even 10 gallons of water are stored and set aside from the rest of your rainwater barrel storage.  This is the water most likely to end up with sediments or chemicals.

You can simply use that water for your lawn and use the rest of the water for your purposes such as a vegetable garden or household cleaning.

More information on the next page! Be sure to checkout the video and a link to building your own rain barrel

You Can Still Start A Homestead Today

Homesteading is once again gaining some real popularity in North America, United Kingdom, and Australia. Homesteading goes by several names; farming, off-grid, simple living, self-sufficient life, independent living, back-to-basics, and more. But homesteading what is it really? Homesteading has come to mean today any home that practices the same skills found on those early homesteads such as growing food, keeping livestock, canning, drying and preserving food, and producing basic furniture and clothing at home. Many times you will hear someone describe the way they live as “simple” or “basic” and what they are really talking about is homesteading. What you may think of as the typical small family farm is the most common usage of the word homestead today.

Homesteading these days you are very unlikely to find free property. There are no national programs that provide land in exchange for developing it anymore. The programs that do exist are local, and tend to be in remote areas of the country such as Alaska. You will most likely have to purchase your homestead property, and may mean you will have to have a mortgage to do so. Even if you are able to acquire the land and build on it mortgage-free, there will still be the property taxes to look after. So these days as compared to the pioneer days homesteading today will require more money to keep it going.

Therefore today’s homestead you will need a plan to support yourself to have some income coming in, with a work from home business, or some employment off the homestead. Or it is possible to run your homestead as a mini farm you can raise vegetable crops, livestock, and chickens to help feed yourself and with a surplus that you can sell.

So you can see that homesteading is still happening and gaining popularity, but there is just not any free land anymore. This may mean you will have to earn some extra money to make a go of it. The benefits of having and living on your own homestead for whatever your reasons will be well worth it in the end.

Watch this video “Searching For A Homestead 1”

“Searching For A Homestead 2”

Anyone can work the homestead checkout the next page..

Watch this video on a girl working on the homestead…

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The  Egg Shaped Ecocapsule

Well here is a great alternative for those people that would like to have the option to quickly set-up and live off grid. Slovakian architects have just revealed a super-compact capsule that promises to deliver a nomadic lifestyle, with all the renewable-powered comforts of home. The whole thing is pretty cramped, measuring just 2.55 m x 4.45 m x 2.25 m, but it is designed to be entirely self-sufficient for two adults, and is kitted out with a retractable 750 W wind turbine and 2.6 square-metres of solar panels.

 Ecoapsule

Live Off Grid In An EcoapsuleThe egg-shaped abode, which has been named the Ecocapsule, also has a 9,744 Watt hours battery to store all that power for a rainy (or cloudy) day. The pod is specially shaped to help collect rainwater and dew and funnel it down into a tank below the pod’s floor, filtering it with a clever surface membrane along the way to remove any bacteria.

Inside, there’s a toilet and shower, mini-kitchen, bed, table and storage. The walls are super-insulated to help keep the pod at a comfortable temperature and the home is even capable of charging up your electric car while you tow it.

EcoCapsule

EcoCapsule

This is pretty cool

Check out the next page to see a video on this capsule so you can get a real good look.

Eco-Friendly Floating Home

Here is another idea for your OFF Grid Homestead a floating home. When you see the pictures and watch the video you will see what I thin is a lot of wasted space. Having said that it would be very easy with all that space to make it more usable. You just have to put your mind to it.

Italian architect Giancarlo Zema has designed a new eco-friendly floating home. The WaterNest 100 is a circular pod-like structure that provides 100 sq m (1,076 sq ft) of living space. Up to 98 percent of the structure is made of recycled materials and it is powered by a roof-top solar array.

The WaterNest 100 is made of recycled aluminum and wood (Image: Giancarlo Zema Design Grou…The WaterNest 100 has a 60 sq m (646 sq ft) solar array integrated into its roof (Image: G…The WaterNest 100 is designed for being moored on rivers, lakes, bays, atolls and calm sea…The WaterNest 100 uses a micro-ventilation system with ceiling and floor air grilles (Imag…View all
Zema is no stranger to designing innovative aquatic residences. His previous concepts have included the Trilobis 65 yacht-cum-home, a semi-submerged cliff-side dwelling and a five-level floating apartment block. Unlike these designs, however, the WaterNest 100 feels practical and like something you might actually live in one day.

A Floating Home Bedroom

A Floating Home Bedroom

“The inspiration came from observing the aquatic nests of water birds all over the world where they can live and growing their babies in total harmony with nature,” explains Zema to Gizmag. “So I thought of designing something similar that can help us to embrace life and allow us to live a floating experience in a natural and energy saving habitat.”

The WaterNest 100 has a 60 sq m (646 sq ft) solar array integrated into its roof (Image: G…
It’s designed for being moored on rivers, lakes, bays, atolls and calm seas. The gorgeous curved structure is 12 m (39 ft) in diameter and 4 m (13 ft) high. It has a recycled aluminum hull, a laminated wooden supporting frame, and curved wooden cladding and partition walls that are treated to be weather-resistant.

Electricity is generated via a 60 sq m (646 sq ft) solar array that is integrated into the roof of the structure. Amorphous solar panels are used, which are shaped to match the curve of the building’s roof. EcoFloLife, which has developed the WaterNest 100 based on Zema’s design, says the array has a peak output of 4 kWp, but that the WaterNest 100 can operate on around 1 kWp.

In addition, a micro-ventilation system is employed, with ceiling and floor air grilles allowing for the introduction of fresh air to the interior. EcoFloLife says an automated temperature control system ensures very low energy consumption and minimal maintenance.

floating home dinning room

A Floating Home Dinning Room

The WaterNest 100 uses a micro-ventilation system with ceiling and floor air grilles (Imag…
The interior of the WaterNest 100 can be configured in a variety of different ways, each generally incorporating a central square space and accommodating up to a family of four with two bedrooms. As well as being used as a residential unit, it’s possible to set up as an office, lounge bar, restaurant, shop or exhibition space.

A home automation system allows users to control lighting, draw curtains and blinds, and control the sound system. Preset lighting, air conditioning and sound profiles can be triggered, and users can monitor energy consumption and temperature. EcoFloLife also suggests a variety of different eco-friendly furniture options.

Zema says that the WaterNest 100 will be realized very soon. We’re waiting to hear back on more detail of when that might be, if any prototypes have already been produced and how much a WaterNest 100 might set you back.

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Winter Homestead Survival

If you are located in an area where the climate can get really cold in the winter, you really need to get prepared. This does not mean leave it for when the cold strikes , this means preparing all year round for your winter homestead survival. This means stockpiling fire wood, making sure you solar system is up and working batteries charged, water supplies is in order, food supplies in order, protecting the homestead from the cold by insulating, and making sure all areas of the home are tight, fireplace wood stove are clean and ready, etc. etc.

Checkout this video there are lots of things this guy could do to make thing easier for himself see if you can pick them out.

It is really nice to have some heavy duty machinery to remove snow on the homestead.

The Best Batteries For Your Off-Grid Energy

The “Achilles heel” of solar, wind, or other power generating devices is the battery bank. These systems can be extremely expensive (and difficult) but is an necessity. The question always comes up “what is the best battery to use for an energy system?” So if you are using batteries to store your Off-Grid energy using solar, wind, water or any other method then you should follow the link and read this really great article on “The 3 Best Batteries For An Off-Grid Energy System“. It even explains how to bring any battery back to life. So if you are interested in restoring a battery checkout this post.. The 3 Best Batteries For An Off-Grid Energy System

Or check out this video below…

 

Is Off Grid And Survival Homesteading The Same?

For those people that are establishing their own Survival Homestead can pickup information and ideas from those individuals that intend to live “Off Grid” Living “Off-Grip” is rapidly becoming a popular choice to those people wanting to decrease their carbon footprint, affirm their independence and move away from their dependence on fossil fuels. Having this kind of lifestyle should be a very helpful if you want to cut off your monthly bills and at the same time be be easier on the environment. This way of life is very similar to those people that want to set-up a survival homestead. The principles are the same, you want to have a method to survive, and have water, food, power and shelter, while being having a safe enviroment for you and your family.

What Is The Grid?

“The Grid” is the common term used for power grid. This is the connected system which designates electricity to the accumulations. An average house is linked to natural gas, telephone, water and power lines. Choosing to go off the grid should mean that you will turn away from those public utilities in support of producing your very own energy.

There are those homeowners/people who decide to be off the grid partially through producing their own energy, and getting rid of their phone lines, while depending on the comfort offered by the city sewage and water. Other people choose to live completely off the grid through digging wells or making use of some cistern system in order to fetch water. A functional septic tank will take care of the sewage, which means you will no longer need to incur any water bills.

This is what you can expect from living off the grid. It is a method that will enable you from changing your way of living and avoid you from having to pay bills month. Therefore, if you want to learn and understand how this living method will be able to change your life for the better, and how this living Off Grid will help you prepare your survival homestead then please stay with us for more articles.

Watch This Living The Dream Off Grid

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Homestead Dairy Cow – Yes No?

Many homesteading/survivalist families make the decisions to invest in a dairy cow for their property. This will provide plenty of milk for your family – and possibly extra for your pigs, if you’re raising those.

You can drink the milk, or create yogurt, ice cream and other items from her milk. Each type of cow and size will produce a variable amount of milk, so you may want to find a smaller option (like a goat) if your family doesn’t use much milk.

Or, if you live in a survivalist community, you could share the milk with another family – along with the responsibilities of raising it. You need to milk it at the same time each and every day, so scheduling is important.

Some people wonder about the safety of drinking raw milk, but you can also buy a pasteurizer for your family to use. They’re not expensive and it will provide you with the same safety that you get off the grocery shelves.

It can get expensive to raise a dairy cow if you’re having to buy all of your hay, but many survivalist families grow their own, so that cuts down on the cost of raising your dairy cow enormously.

Continue to next page for more information.

Checkout some of these Books on Dairy Cows…  

 

 

Survival Bunker or Man Cave?

You are trying to decide to start a Homestead, now depending on your reasons and everyone has their own reasons and if yours is for survival you may also want to consider building a “Survival Bunker”.  If you think this may be for you, you may want to check this out I found this pretty interesting but is it a “Survival Bunker” or is it just a “Man Cave”? You be the judge.  I thought it may get your homestead juices flowing.

For more videos on this project see their channel colinfurze

Checkout this Atlas Survival Shelter…

Shipping Containers for the Homestead

There are lots of ideas out there on how to build an inexpensive home for your Off grid Homestead.  Using this method of using shipping containers and a combination of shipping containers and a recreation vehicle and or some building construction has been utilized and has been quite successful.
Shipping containers are in abundance of surplus and you can purchase one starting around $2000. From there it is just up-to your imagination and build an awesome home or a get away cottage like structure on your existing property.

Innovative ideas like this are getting more popular as people are seeking alternate ways to live whether it is to live the Homestead lifestyle for sustainability or a Survival Homestead. If you are interested in this type of home you can also checkout a website called Zigloo they have multiple plans and ideas for making structures out of shipping containers and more.

If you decide to go this route of utilizing shipping containers you will want to research this quite a bit before diving in. There can be unique issues with living in a metal box for example:  Heat, cold, and condensation.  If you really are considering living in a shipping container you will be doing yourself a favor to research on the topic of micro homes to decide if  you can potentially live in a smaller type of environment.

Check out this video for more information…

 

Checkout all these images of shipping container homes.