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Author: Gary Collins


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The Living off the Grid Starter Set is perfect whether you’re thinking of transitioning off the grid, in the process, or already have a place off the grid you call home.

This set includes Gary Collins’ books:

  • Going Off the Grid, 2nd Edition
  • Living Off the Grid
  • the companion workbook, The Beginner’s Guide to Living Off the Grid

Collins shares all the ins and outs and dos and don’ts of life off the grid in these three books.

From Going Off the Grid:

Discover how to get off the consumer treadmill and enjoy a simpler lifestyle. Gary Collins documents his firsthand experience in this comprehensive guide on how to find a property and build a self-sustaining home to achieve happiness through simplicity. Included are tips for dealing with general contractors and a review of common types of off-the-grid home construction (standard, straw bale, logs, and green cinder block), highlighting energy efficiency and insulation. All the basics are thoroughly covered, such as well water, septic and sewage disposal, and off-the-grid energy options (solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal). Contemporary concerns include access to the internet and cell phone service and the importance of an effective security system. Chapter summaries drive key points for success, and a list of resources directs readers to key information.

From Living Off the Grid:

Wondering if an off-grid lifestyle is right for you? Scared that it’ll be too challenging for you and your family to handle? Living Off the Grid is a comprehensive shakedown of what this unique lifestyle looks like in practice and will help ease your mind about transitioning to an off-grid life. With practical instruction, time-saving tips, and hard-earned wisdom, you’ll learn all the ins and outs of a simplified off-grid existence.

From The Beginner’s Guide to Living Off the Grid:

Author and speaker Gary Collins wrote the book on transitioning to a life off the grid. After almost a decade of walking, he’s sharing his successes and failures, so you can live a simple life without missing out on creature comforts. This book is a companion piece to Gary’s book, Living Off the Grid. In this interactive workbook, filled with helpful checklists and worksheets, Gary will guide you toward identifying an ideal off-the-grid setup that suits your budget and desires so you can begin living your life!

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