WELCOME TO OFF GRID WORKS

This blog site is operated by Ed and Laurie Essex in Wauconda, WA. We created this site to share our experiences as they unfold in our transition from city condo life to off grid living in the mountains of Eastern Washington State.

Join us in a discussion about what works and what doesn’t in your daily choices for healthier living and greater self sufficiency. Share your stories about off grid living or things you are doing to reduce your environmental impact whether you are off grid or not.

Ask questions, offer advice or just enjoy reading what others have to say. Just click on Blog in the upper right corner of this page and choose a category you might be intrested in.



Visit our website Good Ideas For Life where you will find products to help you become more self sufficient whether you live in the country or city, on acreage or in a condo. These products will help provide you with your own safe food and clean water and help prepare you for any emergency you and your family may face in these uncertain and trying times.

Our self sufficient products include Tattler reusable canning lids, Berkey water filters, indoor and outdoor gardening products, Mayday emergency kits, chicken coops, Easygreen automatic sprouters and much more. We use the products we sell.

Featured

  • Home Made Deep Well Pump

    In the course of blogging for MEN we have met many people from all over the world. Recently that included Darren and Linda Holliday from Missouri. Darren contacted me to ask my opinion on a water pumping invention he had created. He wanted to know if it might be useful for off grid use. Not only would it be useful but it is something I could personally use in keeping with my philosophy of having a backup for everything here. We can pump water three different ways but all of them require electricity. There are hand pumps available but to Read More
  • Tattler Reusable Canning Lids

    ED: This article is about our experiences with reusable canning lids. Of all of the items we had in our Mother Earth News Fair booth last June, they were the most talked about. Hundreds of questions were asked and many people just wanted to look them over and touch them to see what they were made of. Most buyers only wanted a minimum of one dozen to try out. These lids have been around for a long time but still seem to be relatively unknown to the pressure canning world. Laurie and I don’t mind admitting we were inexperienced in Read More
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