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.


  • Reduce your electrical use

    Are you kidding me? Just two easy steps? If it were that simple everyone would be doing it right? Well, that’s all it takes and I will list them for you now and save you the trouble of reading this blog if you want. Turn it off Eliminate phantom power When Laurie and I knew we were going to go off grid and be on some type of solar/battery/generator electrical system we started doing our homework and research. The most common theme in everything we read was about lifestyle changes. Everyone told us that we were going to have to Read More
  • Our Solar Power Reviewed

    Solar Power has come a long way in the past decade or so. We are living proof of that. What do we know about solar power or even electricity for that matter? Yet here we are in our second full season, living off the grid with solar power. Systems today are so sophisticated they run by themselves and the only thing you really have to worry about is battery maintenance if you have a battery storage system as part of your package. While I am sitting here telling you that modern solar power systems are relatively hands free, I don’t Read More
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