From the Back Cover
Off-Grid but Not Out of Touch
Ted and Kathy Carns are living a 21st century success story of zero waste, total recycling and astonishing inventiveness. Their five-acre home in western Pennsylvania is a warm, inviting showcase of self-reliant living. They have all the comforts of modern life, from flat screen TV to morning smoothies from their solar-powered blender. Necessity has become an art form.
“Through a series of small steps, learning as we went, Kathy and I have designed a lifestyle that can survive and flourish even if we were totally cut off. This book is about how it happened, why it happened and how anyone can cruise the archetypal avenue we're on, in whatever way works best for them.”
– from the Introduction
Told with humor and insight, Off On Our Own makes a powerful case for sustainable living and environmental stewardship.
About the Author
Ted Carns is a true American original...a self-taught techie who approaches every environmental challenge with a rare kind of creative inventiveness. He and his social worker wife Kathy live in their one-of-a-kind home on 50+ acres of land, run entirely by alternative fuels and power systems: alcohol, methane, solar/wind electric, wood gasification, biodiesel...all manufactured on site, except for biodiesel. Ted has become an almost mythic figure to the thousands of people who have made the pilgrimage to Stone Camp.