Mar 14, 2012
This is a great introduction to living without electricity. It gives pros and cons of different methods as well as information on where to purchase needed equipment. I don't feel this is just a Lehman's promotion because non-electric alternative products are very hard to find. If you have never lived without electricity (like me) you are clueless as to where to begin; these ideas are not too basic.
Feb 17, 2012
Was written in the 1990's. Maybe it doesnt matter to most ppl, but when trying to compare some of the actual costs of propane,gasoline,kerosene and liquid paraffin, it is more difficult to determine if the alternative is better or not.
Mar 25, 2011
I realy liked this book. Chapter 7 was one of the best. We plan to make and off grid Fridge very soon to store our extra milk, eggs and produce this summer. I never knew poplar leaves were so good for animals. I walked away with more knowledge than I started with. I say the book did as it intended. Good read.
Mar 17, 2011
I to was dissapointed with the book. Should have read the reviews. It is a very basic, perhaps below beginner book that was written off of the catalog.
Mar 15, 2011
A bit light, but good general coverage & opened my eyes to other things I had not considered. Lots of good ideas. Overall, EZ reading & well pleased with the purchase..
Mar 5, 2011
This book has some good points. I found it to be easy to read, and it gives a nice overview of things to consider, both for emergencies, and for longer term living without electricity. There were some concepts and ideas mentioned that I had never heard of before, some of which look fairly easy to incorporate. Having said that - this is only an overview. If you are looking for How Tos, this is not the book for you. It has lots and lots of Lehmans references - so much so that I started to wonder if this was primarily designed to be a Lehman's ad. (Resources section does mention some other companies)Some of the prices listed made me raise my eyebrows - they seemed too low. Then I checked the publishing date, and found I was looking at a 1997 book. The prices probably were too low. I would be interested in seeing an updated version of this, maybe with a few more resources and more up to date pricing mentioned...If you are looking for an easy to read and understand overview of life without electricity, this is a dandy little book, and I'm glad I bought it. If you are looking for how-tos, you can probably find more information for free on the internet.
Mar 1, 2011
I think this book is a good starter for anyone wishing to learn about options for off-grid living. I liked the format and think the author did a good job of highlighting the basics. It does not offer much in depth information, but I think that's the point. If you want a detailed plan on how to build something, then you'd have to do additional research, but the book can give you an idea of what's available and/or practical. In my opinion, the book is well worth the very reasonable price.
Feb 25, 2011
Was hoping to read something that was new or enlightening. Instead I bought this book that generalizes about most subject. No real hands on practical information. A lot of the information is outdated since written in 1997. This book is best for those that just like to read without need any new information. The best is the cost of the book from Lehman's which should tell you something. Better books are Encyclopidia of Country Living.
Feb 18, 2011
This is a great book, at an even greater price! It has a lot of wonderful information and ideas for living off the grid.
Feb 3, 2011
I have lived without electricity for years, and agree that the Encyclopedia of Country Living is your best bet. And the previous reviewer is correct. The Storey publications are invaluable. This one is not too bad if you are just thinking or dreaming about it.BTW - Is it ethical for Customer Service Representatives to review a product? Doesn't that make it a sales pitch, and not an actual review? Just askin'. Please note: Lehman's encourages our employees to use and test our products. We ask the employees to submit honest and fair reviews both good and bad. We also ask our employees to identify themselves as employees for transparency with our customers.
Feb 1, 2011
Thanks for publishing a very readable book with great ideas for learning to live off the grid. I like the practical suggestions; like turning off the electricity for a weekend. I also appreciate the list of sources in the back of the book for additional resources available for the novice ﾓoff-the-grid pioneer.ﾔ
Feb 1, 2011
This is a very good book for those who wish to know how people live without electricity, and are not currently living off the grid themselves. Often Lehman's is asked, What do I need to go off the grid?. This author does a great job of covering the basics!
Dec 24, 2010
I purchased this book based on the title. I was so disappointed. There is NOTHING about adapting and enjoying life without electricity.This book reads like an extended high school term paper and sounds like it was written by an adolescent, at best. It is a catalog telling about non-electric products. If you are at this website chances are you know about these products already.This book is not the least bit informative, encouraging or minutely entertaining. It just rehashes basic facts that are common knowledge or can be read on millions of internet sites and in middle school text books.This book is not worth the money you spend on it, as little as that is. Your money would be put to better use by purchasing a Storey publication or Carla Emery's Encyclopedia of Country Living.