Monthly Archives: June 2011

Better Off: one year, two people, zero watts

I just finished reading Better Off by Eric Brende who, a decade ago as part of a graduate project, went from MIT to OTG (off-the-grid) for 18 months with his wife, and amidst it all, new baby.

The book is based on his journals from that 18 month period and has a ton of really interesting anecdotes and observations. ¬†Bottom line: he really never came back to the machine-and-technology world. ¬†He didn’t stay in the zero-watt Mennonite community he joined for the project, but he and his family learned they quite liked a life with very little technology and have over the years built a lifestyle that suits them really well.

The end of the book has an epilogue that is markedly different in tone from the rest of the book in that it takes a sober look at his conclusions–no folksy tales about how and who and why and when in the country. A very stripped down appraisal of the True Cost of how we live–and the True Cost is high, make no mistake.

Interestingly, he gives a nod to the internet he uses at the library and how it allows him to reach a larger audience for trades, barters and such.

It’s worth the read.

Try not to wreck the place on your way out:

New article on the practice of hydrofracking, or fracturing the earth’s crust in order to extract energy resources. share this with everyone who has experienced an earthquake lately.
http://www.3quarksdaily.com/3quarksdaily/2011/06/try-not-to-wreck-the-place-on-your-way-out.html
Surely we are the worst guests the Planet has ever invited for dinner.