Living Off the Grid Without Propane

The October/November 2011 issue of Mother Earth News contains an article by William Kemp (author of our book “The Renewable Energy Handbook.”) He talks about his steps to use as much renewable energy and as little fossil fuel as possible in his home.

Bill and Lorraine Kemp have been living off the grid for 20 years. They power their home with electricity from solar and wind electric systems, heat with wood, and use solar and wood-fired water heating.

His book is available from our website,, from Mother Earth News and many other booksellers.

One Response to “Living Off the Grid Without Propane”

  • Neil B. Orleans:

    Thanks for posting this Michelle and Cam. Great article. I especially like Bill’s comment “I am amazed at the variety and quality of equipment on the market today and how quickly it continues to improve”. I also like the fact that it is cheaper today than it was 20 years ago.

    This gives me hope to realize my 5 year goal of having an off-grid place.

    I was surprised to read that 90% of “off-griders” energy needs comes from propane.

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Cam Mather and his wife Michelle live independently off the electricity grid using the sun and wind to power their home and their CSA. Cam is working towards the goal of making his home “zero-carbon” and with his extensive garden he aims to grow as much of his own food as possible. He is available to speak at conferences and other events and has motivated many people to integrate renewable energy into their lives, reduce their footprint on the planet and get started on the path to personal food, fuel and financial independence.
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