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We encourage contact with our readers. If you would like to contact us for any reason, suggestions, complaints, or any other reason, Please leave a comment in the box below. If you wish to get a response, please include a valid email address.  Thank You              Jim Lee

13 thoughts on “Contact

  1. Liked the information on Solar power. I have a very small setup currently but expect to expand it for my home.

    I lost my inverter (cheap Harbor Freight model) and am looking to upgrade to one that will last – any recommendations?

  2. Hi Loren,
    Look on the 2 “Off Grid Accessories” pages of the Off Grid General Store and you will find an assortment of power inverters. There is something there for just about every need and in every price range. Jim

  3. Hello , I am having a difficult time getting my generator to rotate , I have placed it about 6 above the roof , middle of open pasture about 15 ft high. and still not turning it spins but will not spin blades. They feel tight and to tight for wind to spin. May I please send it back and have another one .
    I do want this to work.

    Thank you

  4. Hi Gloria, it takes about 7 or 8 mph wind to make mine turn. When I first got it, it took about 8 to 10 mph wind to turn it. It did loosen up after running a while. It’s important to make sure it is sitting on top of your pole level. It is possible that 15 feet isn’t high enough to get a good wind in your location. However, Michael is more than happy to make sure every one of his customers has a good working wind generator. Go to his website;, you will see a request information form on the right side half way down the page. Tell him about it and he will fix your problem. Micheal’s Customer Service is the best in the business. Jim

  5. Hi Jim,
    I live in Moore, Oklahoma right now. I’m currently researching places in Oklahoma where if I built a self sustaining home on, I wouldn’t have to worry about any building restrictions, codes, or permits. I’m not having any luck. Did you run into any of this where you’re at? Any pointers on where I might look to find land without any of these restrictions? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  6. Hello and thank you for your comment. There are no restrictions at all where I live. You are going to have to get away from cities to avoid restrictions. Seems like people in cities think they have the right to tell everybody else how to live. Our place is far enough back into the mountains that there is no grid available here. Also, the land prices are less in areas of small populations, the people are friendlier, and there is less crime. Our nearest neighbor is 4 miles on dirt road. You don’t have to get this far out to avoid restrictions, just away from cities and towns.

  7. you mentioned in one of your articles about running an air conditioner from a generator. What kind of a/c unit? I have been searching for one to use from solar power and cannot find anything feasable or affordable. I just want to cool one room. I live in Texas so the summers here are pretty hot.

  8. The unit I run is a 1200 BTU window unit and as you mentioned, I run a generator to power it. The compressor in an A/C unit is very power hungry making it impractical to run on solar. It can be done but would take more panels, larger inverter, and more battery storage than most folks care to devote to A/C (read that as expensive). There are alternatives to A/C that use much less power, such as evaporative coolers. These are more practical for offgrid use without the need to run a generator. We also use 12 volt fans in our cabins which we run sometimes night and day in the heat of the summer. These have a low drain and do not kill the batteries at night. You will find them available in the Offgrid General Store page of this website.

  9. Hi, I really appreciate your time and insights.

    How do you deal with sewage and sanitation being off of the grid. This is one of my concerns prior to making the leap. I being prior military have dealt with this over the course of a year in the Bosnian mountains, but my wife I’m not sure would warm up to the idea of a cold winter trip to the tree.

    Did you install a septic system, and if so what was the process and costs?


  10. Hi Brian,
    We have a regular indoor bath including tub, shower, sink, and commode. The grey water (from sink and bath) is run into a gravel and sand filter then into my blackberry patch. The black water (from commode) drains into a traditional septic system with drain field. My wife also wasn’t enthusiastic about the idea of “taking the shovel for a walk”. As far as cost is concerned, it’s hard to tell what it would cost in your area as costs of equipment will vary. The local regulations for such things also vary. Our water supply is gravity flow coming from a 1200 gal. tank on hillside above the house. I currently fill the tank with a gas water pump. This will eventually be filled by a solar pump from our well. I hope this will answer your question. If you still have questions, ask and I will answer the best that I can. Jim

  11. Hello, I’m a reporter working for the Oklahoma Gazette on a story about living off the grid in the Oklahoma City area. Please let me know how we may get in touch, or you’re welcome to email or call my cell at 918-704-7897. Thank you! Angela

  12. Hi,

    My name is Eliav Levy, and I represent an innovative solar technology-based product company called MPOWERD Inc. I would like to extend an opportunity for you to receive a free sample of our solar-powered lantern in exchange for a product review on your emergency preparedness blog.

    Our lanterns are ideal for emergency situations when electricity is not readily available. Their inflatable, four-ounce design makes them easy to transport, they can stay illuminated for 6-12 hours on a full solar charge, and they are waterproof up to one meter!

    Given Off Grid on Lee’s Ridge’s popular reputation, we believe that you and your readers would benefit greatly from being aware of the availability of this eco-friendly emergency product. We believe this would be a win-win-win-win for you, us, your readers, and the environment!

    If this is of interest to you, you may reach us by email or contact us by phone at 646-664-4490.

    Thanks and best regards,


  13. Hello!

    Yes another email from a production company! Sorry!!

    I am a producer for Original Media in NYC currently doing a search for a Wilderness MacGyver. Who is that, you ask? It’s that guy who can make anything out of anything, when modern day technologies and machines might not be available. He’s your handyman in the middle of nowhere. If he has to make tools or use down logs already on the property for building materials – he does.

    Think Off the Grid. Think of a guy who can make Dams, Outhouses, Smokers, Log Cabins, Fish Wheels, Hunting Blinds, Fences, Ice Houses, Make Shift Saunas, etc…. Anything made in remote areas that make use of the elements around you – is what we are looking for. A modern day Dick Proenneke!

    Are you this guy? Do you know this person? If so – I’d love to talk to you and hear your story. Please call or email anytime and look forward to telling you more about the project.


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