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11 Years Living Off-Grid in an Earthship Style House

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Hélène Dubé and her partner Alain Neveu from Es-Cargo (http://www.es-cargo.qc.ca/) have lived off-grid in Quebec, Canada for 11 years in a self-built earthship style home made of recycled tires filled with earth and large south-facing windows.

Hélène is giving a workshop on April 1st if you want to check it out:

Hélène donne un atelier le 1er avril intitulé: “Planification d’un rêve, techniques de construction et réglementation.” Pour en savoir plus:

Their water is gravity fed from a spring-filled cistern placed up the hill from their home, their power comes from solar energy, and they use a composting outhouse toilet.

For refrigeration, they make their own ice during the winter by freezing water in recycled windshield washer jugs outside, and then they store them in a root cellar inside unplugged chest freezers insulated with sawdust. They manage to keep their food cold with these homemade ice blocks from January to July, and then they get ice blocks from a neighbour.

For hot water they use approximately 200 lbs of propane each year.

For heat they have a homemade rocket stove that is an efficient way to burn wood, and they also use it as a cooktop in the winter.

They would eventually like to be self sufficient in their food production and have gardens, hens, and they’ve begun to build an aquaponic system as well. But they do find that growing all of their own food, running workshops, and staying on top of all their other projects to be an incredible amount of work for just two people.

They’re hoping to attract more people to the property to form a small community of inspired and like-minded permaculture enthusiasts.

To learn more about Hélène and Alain’s off-grid lifestyle and about any upcoming projects and workshops, you can check out their website and follow them on Facebook:

Es-Cargo: http://www.es-cargo.qc.ca/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ESCargoQc

Their posts are in French but they both speak French and English.

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Mat & Danielle


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SuperSafetychick says:

Any problems with zoning regs & permits?

y9700cc says:

I don't think she built any of that. She just cooks probably

Iron Mountain says:

So inspiring, it is amazing how thoughtful she was throughout the whole process. Everything had a purpose, and she even holds workshops to spread her knowledge, amazing!

Matze T. says:

1:30 What the hell is this sign on the cookingstation ? Pepega

Joy Karhu says:

Hard to watch for some reason. I do like this channel but this video feels impersonal somehow in comparison to several others I've watched. I'm glad people want to live off the grid.

Darren Mckenna says:

Wish i could get out this rat race

Lithostheory says:

Concrete not durable??!! The pantheon dome was build nearly 2000 years ago and is made from concrete!!

Adamins Lucky says:

I love your place I could be happy there. I'm 61 single

Forgotten Way Farms says:

Very cool 🙂

Samantha Levinson says:

any updates on them @exploringalternatives

Clarissa Hilleary says:

uh does ANYONE else see the iron swastika on the stove at 1:35? YIKES Helene

modern studies says:

So not a self build then

Lisa Akinlabi says:

I thought it was against the law to live off grid?

Patricia nkgahle says:

This one thing i would love to learn and teach the people in my village, I grew up in a mud house and now those are being taken over by modern structures, i really miss that simple, friendly and healthy lifestyle.

Angei says:


rachray83 says:

She must not have allergies

alice p says:

Not In America you can’t!

Ibrahim Lubis says:

Hey do you have problem with bug mosquito ?

skidddah says:

anyone who says concrete isn't durable has never tried to demo it, ha ha

matt 4you says:

seems pricey in setup and still most food is from store….

lullabyneanderthal says:

I love earth ships. That's my dream home.

Anita Hamlin says:

Amazing you do this in Canada! Very inspiring!

Rational Mind says:

Great lifestyle…house is a little cluttered for me …but love how she is responsible for her resources

Elijah Knight Sky says:

What was that disney movie called??

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