Yesterday I was out grabbing clips for a video I’m about to publish. While looking at my gear, the thought of how far my off-grid portable power capabilities have come, brought on a feeling of accomplishment. Truly amazing! The satisfaction slowly turned to concern as I realized energy is one of those “centralized commodities” which is (for whatever reason) overpriced, and in “short supply”.
Over the years, I have built up enough off-grid capability, to deploy kilowatts of portable solar power, with a matching kilowatt-hour of battery storage. I can do this from a bike, sled, backpack, or vehicle, in any weather. My modest home station hasn’t received the same attention. At least not yet!
My home only has 300 watts of solar and 190 watts of wind power to run the station and emergency lighting. This is because we can heat our home with wood, cook with wood or butane, and have a few years’ supplies of wood on hand. Solar power capabilities at home were designed to run the station, recharge flashlights, charge battery lanterns, power personal electronics, and provide minimal lighting in the event of some grid down disaster. We already live a very frugal lifestyle, but still, have some dependence on the energy grid.
As energy prices increase, working class citizens in many cases, can’t afford to purchase electricity from the grid. Even if they could afford it, electricity isn’t always available to be purchased. Fiat currencies like Dollars and Euros are getting weaker due to inflation, forcing people to set aside more and more of their income, to purchase centralized commodities. Just as we plan for natural disasters, we must create for ourselves decentralized buffers from the grid. A grid currently priced far out of step with inflation! We plan for floods, we plan for earthquakes, we plan for all sorts of natural disasters, but we never protect ourselves from the sudden cost increases of centralized energy. This has to change!
As we inevitably begin the discussion of generating our own energy independent of the electric grid, we actually began talking about reducing current consumption and Equipment efficiency already a year ago (÷021) on the channel. Although the context was portable ham radio, the same rules apply in the household.
My wife and I have been “preparing” for quite some time. We grow and can vegetables, store food for the long term, and constantly add to our supplies of firewood. From an energy perspective, my focus has always been on field deployment for emergency communications with reliable off-grid power. This is because of my ham radio goals, but also because the energy grid here in Finland, has remained relatively stable and cheap until now. Today our traditional sources of energy are attacked by WEF hypocrites flying around in their private jets. As such, we need to adapt! Now as we’re being expected to own nothing and be happy, we realize wherever centralized Commodities are concerned, we need to create a buffer between the energy grid and ourselves. One example of this is electric bicycles. Our electric bicycles have not been connected to the electric grid for more than 8 months at the time of this article. We are completely capable of powering them ourselves without grid power. Our Subaru has one of the diesel boxer motors, so it’s already incredibly efficient. Unfortunately, as Energy prices increase, the Subaru is relegated to emergency Mobility status, with very few casual drives for the fun of it. The e-bikes are used for things like grabbing groceries, going to the local shop,… I digress!
My wife and I agree it’s time to reduce the risks associated with our dependence on centralized electricity. Over the next year, we are increasing our off-grid solar power capabilities at home. Although saving money is part of it, not being dependent on a monopoly for one’s critical needs, is simply good practice. We don’t need to care how much electricity costs per kilowatt, if we’re mostly generating our own electricity. Decentralize!
As many of you have noticed over the past couple of years, censorship has increased exponentially. Newspeak and twisting of words and phrases away from their traditional meaning create confusion. Along with cancel culture which effectively blocks anyone from discussing topics critical of the centralized Utopia we live in today. Ham radio is critically important for keeping the discussion going. Just the other day A buddy of mine in Australia sent an interesting article about gardening, over a winlink email. Another sent me an article about DIY fertilizer for the household Garden. Even this very topic was discussed in a QSO using VarAC, just this past weekend. This website exists so I can say anything I want to the people who would like to listen. Social media like Instagram is great for showing you what I’m working on, but getting the message out really needs to happen on my website. We need to have these discussions right here, sharing ways of decentralizing our lives directly with one another. And just so you all know where I stand, let them come and take it!