off the grid alberta: focus on green energy for self-sustainable lifestyles
Grid lifestyle is easy.
\"I can\'t sleep anymore.
I\'m not doing the right thing.
Make the poor and the rich.
I can\'t handle it.
\"In the 1990 s, Bonjean moved his family from Europe to South America and found a job in a Fortune 500 company.
Two years later, he said that while the work was rewarding, he could no longer ignore the rampant poverty he witnessed every day.
He needs to make a change.
He studied places with low population density in the world, and he decided to be in the foothills near Miller Ville, Alberta, where his family would start again, cultivate a kind of dependence on the outside world from the land.
Almost everything Bonjean needed to survive was produced on his farm.
Hundreds of beehives produce honey, plus fermented local berries,
Award-winning wines sold to retailers and restaurants.
Bonjean and his wife are frantically harvesting vegetables from their gardens every year, which will last for a year.
He shot several animals with a bow and arrow to ensure the meat in winter.
Milk, cheese and eggs come from farm animals.
He only went to the store to buy oil, butter and spices.
Bonjean\'s lifestyle is just an example of Albertans who remove themselves from the grid and pursue sustainability and renewable methods to reduce their dependence on consumer culture.
The motivation for Bonjean\'s transformation is rooted in the link between social justice and the environment-by rebuilding the local food system, he thinks we can eradicate a system, he said, to make the people of the developing countries enslave and produce food for the developed world.
However, for cargarine norm McGregor, this is to find a way to solve the problem, which makes him learn fromgrid living.
In the 1990 s, he worked at a small video production company and needed a portable power source that could help run the device while working remotely.
He developed a small solar energy
The generator eventually began to be used at home.
\"All of a sudden, I noticed that my electricity bill was going down.
I save about $20 a month.
\"McGregor has been serious about renewable energy for many years.
He now works for green energy solutions in Calgary
Companies that help people and even companies transition to a more sustainable approach.
He used the power of the Sun at his home in northwestern Calgary, with solar panels on the roof of the trailer.
To save more energy, he replaced the bulb and insulation.
He uses wind turbines and cooks in a solar oven.
His food came from his garden and the local butcher.
He made his own bread.
Relying on renewable energy, McGregor can be completely separated
He said the grid began in October.
The rest of the year is to use 40 to 60 cents of electricity from the grid.
\"If you walk into my house, you will never know that it is solar.
\"I have everything everyone else has, and the only thing I don\'t have is big utility bills,\" he said . \" So far this year, he has no electricity, saving an average of $84 a month.
Do a self-transformation
Enough lifestyles like Bonjean and McGregor may take time and creativity to develop, but both say their quality of life is better, if not different.
\"No one told me when I had to get up.
\"I have more freedom,\" said Bonjean, who left the enterprise mouse race to live on the farm, adding that he now has much less time running errands on the car.
\"I can spend my life now, not my time.
\"The story continues under the slide and is free to inspire yourself
Describe the \"nomadic people\" who live in Calgary for a simpler life.
Judd his back said: \"Everyone\'s work for a year is to take three weeks off and live as much as I do . \"to-
Basic world view.
A year ago, Judd moved to Calgary with a dog and a bag.
He lives on the website of Grow, Canada\'s largest volunteer. run urban farm.
As an unofficial security guard for the site, he lives at rent-free.
Soon after the sun set, he got up and went to bed, and sometimes he worked in construction to earn cash.
In the evening, he likes to sit by his stove, or on the sundeck he built with old pallets.
He often writes or visits with friends.
Sometimes he thinks of things he can buy that will make his life easier, but are pragmatic about his arrangements.
In his trailer, things take up space, and space is a precious commodity.
\"When you live a normal life, you need to really think about what you have and what you think you need.
You have to pick what you get.
\"Once it\'s full, you\'re finished,\" he said . \" He added that he could save $800 --
Give up the house or apartment for $1,500 per month.
Judd finds value in what others throw away, often salvaging useful items from the alleys of Calgary.
Recently, he made a stage lighting system with the old paint cans and wires of discarded electronics, saying: \"There are so many things that have been thrown away, which is incredible.
Both Judd, Bonjean, and McGregor produce very little garbage, and they come up with ways to reduce, reuse, or recycle it.
Bonjean, for example, uses waste vegetable oil to refuel his modified car, and Judd plans to spend the winter for his camper using recycled materials.
\"If you put your mind in the right place, you can find reuse of almost everything,\" McGregor said . \" McGregor fed all the paper products to his vermic worm.
In turn, get a nutrition --
It provides rich fertilizer for his garden.
Although everyone is pursuingthe-
Under his own terms and conditions, all three agreed that Alberta was a good place to develop a sustainable lifestyle, even if the residents were slow to accept the idea.
There\'s one in Alberta from-the-hip mentality.
They dream of something. they just do it.
Here, people don\'t talk about things for too long, they get something in their mind and they do it.
This is the province of entrepreneurs . \"
The problem, however, is that McGregor said: \"The use of clean energy in Alberta does not seem to resonate as much as it does elsewhere in the world,\" he added, he has received more calls in the province for green energy upgrading. C. and the U. S.
More than Alberta.
McGregor said that this mentality may stem from a few things, such as a common high salary in Alberta, or a lack of education on the benefits of renewable energy in a province that relies heavily on natural resource income.
\"Maybe saving $100 a month is not important for people in Alberta,\" he said . \".
\"Again, the natural resources here bring too much income, and people here don\'t really think about it.
Our use and demand for natural resources is very high and there is a better way to control the situation, \"he continued, adding that, demand for more renewable energy solutions could significantly curb Alberta\'s dependence on non-renewable energyrenewables.
In any case, McGregor, Judd and Bonjean are still content to continue to live outside the grid and are willing to share their knowledge of themselves
\"Don\'t worry if you don\'t have resources or knowledge in the first place,\" Bonjean said . \" He added that it does not take a long time to accumulate the knowledge needed to live off the land.