Alternative Energy

Off the grid solutions

Alternative ideas to drive grain mills

Grain mill ideas from around the world where alternative power mechanisms are used to mill the flour. Motorized mills which have exposed belt drives as these are unsafe, especially for our children. Here are some mill ideas to consider. 10 creative ideas for powering...

Micro hydro generator

Consider ways to increase self reliance and reduce your power bill by using alternative means of powering appliances. The efficiency of most micro-hydro generators ranges from 30–70%. They are viable as small-scale electricity generators that can provide electricity...

Make a pedal-powered grain mill

When there is no electricity you still may want to use your grain mill. Manual mills have this added advantage. However, hand milling is hard work. Much easier is using leg power. Larger muscles make milling an easy task for anyone. We made a pedal powered grain mill...

Hand grain mill review & comparisons

Sister Hinerei Edwards compares two really good hand-mills. They are the MH 4 and the Helam hand mills. Here we describe the full specifications and compare the two mills. Above: Hinerei points to the table clamp hole on the mill. Both are very natural mills made of...

How to use the SAMAP hand-mill

The SAMAP hand mill is worth considering as your flour mill for times when there’s no electricity. In such times it would be great to have the choice to pedal-power your mill. The limitation of this grain mill is that I have not seen a way to operate it by...

Gearing your Grain mill 2:1

When it seemed that my pedal powered grain mill was a bit too hard to pedal around I asked Colin to gear it down by adding a smaller pulley to the Exercycle. Now milling grain is much easier for everyone. Simply sit and pedal. We made a pedal-powered grain mill using...

How to store food

Learn how to store grain using CO2.

Preparedness

Being prepared is a way of life. Learn what you need to do to be prepared with the basics.

Keep a kitchen garden

Grow your food and store a little every day through the harvest season.

Frugal Abundance

Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.