Off-grid shopping list – Electricity-free Groundfridge

We’re always on the lookout for products and ideas for our off-grid future.  Although we are keen to do things the old fashioned way, and are very happy to put in the labour, we don’t want it to be a gruelling historical existence, so we are trying to find the right balance of old ways and modern developments for a simple, yet convenient off-grid lifestyle.

Being off-grid is not just about replacing the source of our energy, but also reducing how much energy we use.  We have been without a tumble drier for about four years, and without a dishwasher for about 3 years.  Both of these items are very easy to do without, but a couple of items that would be more of an issue are a washing machine and a fridge.

There is small-scale refrigeration; the Zeer Pot, which uses terracotta pots, sand, water and a damp cloth, which is great for a camping trip.

Pot Fridge - small scale refrigeration.   image from via

Pot Fridge – small scale refrigeration.
image from via

But, if we are living in an isolated location, then we need to cool things on a larger scale.  So, when I saw this Electricity-free Groundfridge pop up in my Facebook news feed, I was very excited.  Check out the full details, and more images, on the Off Grid World website.

Electricity-free Groundfridge - via

Electricity-free Groundfridge – via

For someone like me, who can’t stand spiders, this sealed unit is perfect. 🙂

About Elvira Jane

I am a self-taught Crochet Designer, specialising in free-standing sculptural crochet. I'm striving towards a simpler life, where I can appreciate and co-operate with nature. Small steps, but I will get there!
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