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Apr 292014
 
How Much Extra Emergency/Reserve Capacity Does Your Solar Power System Need?

This is a further part of our series on solar energy.  Please also visit our sections on energy in general and solar energy in particular for more related articles. There are two ways of developing a solar system for a retreat.  By far the simpler is to simply go out and buy the biggest bestest system you can afford, and whatever you end up getting is what you have, and you’ll adjust and survive as […]

Apr 252014
 
Recovering and Recycling the Heat from Your Shower Waste Water

There are lots of devices out there at present to make one’s life more energy-efficient.  The problem that most of them face is that few of them are cost-effective when we’re paying so little for reliable ever-present energy. But if – when – energy prices skyrocket, and/or if/when energy becomes scarce and unreliable, all these devices will come into their own and become valuable and essential.  Needless to say, as we prepare for ‘discontinuities’ in […]

Apr 252014
 
Code Green Prep :  A Look Back at Our Second Year

Just over a year ago, we were writing a retrospective on our first year, and it seems appropriate to give you a second ‘annual report’ of sorts. It has been a strange year in many respects.  The ammo shortage that appeared after the Sandy Hook shooting in December 2012 has lingered much longer than anyone would have ever expected, although the occasional reports of government departments buying extraordinarily huge quantities of ammunition probably provide some […]

Apr 252014
 
Urban/Rural Imbalance Gets Worse

Almost exactly two years ago we wrote an article ‘Urban Drift : A Worrying Trend‘.  The commentary and conclusions in that article remain as valid today as then, only more so. The last two years have shown a continued move away from rural and non-metropolitan counties and to the cities.  When we wrote our article in May 2012, we said that about 80% of the country lived in urban areas and only 20% in rural […]

Apr 232014
 
EMP Risk - Casualty Counts - Another Massive Understatement

We wrote, just now, about how the director of two congressional advisory boards claimed that it is practical to protect against an EMP attack, and that the cost of this would be only $2 billion. We believe him to be spectacularly wrong on both points, and you should read our article to see just how far off base he is. Some of the newspaper reports, all of which uncritically repeat his quote, have widened their […]

Apr 232014
 
EMP Risk - The Government Gets it Massively Wrong

There was apparent good news this week. Peter Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and also director of the US Nuclear Strategy Forum – both congressional advisory boards – has been quoted this week as warning that the civilian world is not ready for an EMP attack, and describes the effects as catastrophic. In case you’re unfamiliar with EMP, please see our article that explains EMP to understand how and […]

Apr 222014
 
How Much Solar Power Generating Capacity Do You Need?

This is a further part of our series on solar energy.  Please also visit our sections on energy in general and solar energy in particular for more related articles. We’ve already written an article pointing out something you hopefully already know – solar power is a wonderful energy source for preppers.  If you don’t already have some solar power on tap at your retreat, you should urgently add some. But – how much solar power […]

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