SELF-SUSTAINABILITY
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SELF-SUSTAINABILITY




A system is self-sustaining (or self-sufficient)
if it can maintain itself by independent effort.

The system self-sustainability is:


1.the degree at which the system can sustain
itself without external support.

2.the fraction of time in which the system is
self-sustaining.

Self-sustainability is considered one of the
"ilities" and is closely related to sustainability
and availability. In the Economics literature, a
system that has the quality of being self-sustaining
is also referred to as an autarky.

Among people, social ties have been shown to be
correlated to happiness and success as much as
self-sustainability.

To achieve self-sustainability, one should not
depend on anything produced by the modern world.

The following are ways one could do to achieve
self-sustainability:



1. Reduce gas consumption

2. Reduce the use of
electricity.

3. Reduce the use of air
conditioners and heating.

4. Be self sufficient with
food, options such as
growing your own vegetables
can always help.

5. Become less dependent
on money.



Self-sustainability
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-sustainability



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THING
YOU
CAN
DO




THINGS YOU CAN DO

to be more self-sufficient


How, where and what you do to become self-sufficient
is a personal choice. Doing as much as you can yourself
in the environment you live is a noble goal.

It takes time and discipline to reach your goals but
once they are reached it can be quite liberating. Here's
a list of things you can do (some big, some small) to
become more self-sufficient.

You will find that most of these tips will save you money
and are good for the environment. Saving money comes hand
in hand with self-sufficiency. Your labor is much cheaper
than someone else's.


1.Plant your own vegetable garden.

2.Change your own oil on your car or truck.

3.Cut your own firewood.

4.Collect and use rain water instead of
municiple or well water.

5.Supplement your house's heating system
with solar water panels.

6.Supplement your hot water needs with
solar water panels.

7.Mulch your garden with local organic
mulch instead of store bought products.

8.Use home-made compost and free manure
to enrich your garden's soil.

9.Grow non-hybrid vegetables and save
the seeds for next year's planting.

10.Grow potatoes and save the fingerlings
for next years planting.

11.Use square foot gardening techniques to
grow lots of vegetables in small places.

12.Build a greenhouse to extend your
growing season.

13.Build a root cellar to store your harvest.

14.Start a small orchard for a variety of
fruits.

15.Learn how to preserve food by canning.

16.Raise bees to help pollination and for
honey. (Honey is the only food substance
that will not spoil.)

17.Raise chickens for meat and eggs.

18.Raise sheep for wool and meat.

19.Raise goats or a dairy cow for dairy
products.

20.Preserve vegetables by sun drying them.

21.Spin wool into yarn for making clothes.

22.Make your own furniture out of tree
branches.

23.Preserve vegetables by freezing them.

24.Grow herbs for cooking and medicinal
purposes.

25.Use edible wild plants to supplement
one's diet.

26.Use containers to grow vegetables in
small places.

27.Use chicken manure (composted) to help
fertilize your garden.

28.Use, use and reuse as much as possible
before throwing away.

29.Conserve electricity whenever possible.

30.Tune-up your own car or truck.

31.Sharpen your own tools.

32.Build your own home.

33.Grow grapes for preserves or raisins.

34.Build a pond and raise fish for food.

35.Use solar panels to supplement your
energy needs.

36.Learn how to use a welder.

37.Use clothes lines to dry clothes
instead of a mechanical dryer.

38.Grow grains to feed your own livestock.

39.Grow alfalfa to return nitrogen to
the soil.

40.Use a generator for emergency and
supplemental power.

41.Dig or drive your own well (make sure
the water is tested before using for
drinking).

42.Bake your own bread.

43.Do your own plumbing.

44.Do your own electrical work.

45.Run a small business from your home.

46.Barter goods and services with your
neighbors.

47.Use a push mower instead of a gas or
electric mower.

48.Use a bicycle (whenever possible)
instead of a motorized vehicle.

49.Consider becoming a vegetarian.
(Raising animals for food takes more
energy and resources than growing
vegetables--eat lower on the food
chain.)

50.Have any maples trees? Make your
own syrup as a sugar substitute.

51.Not a vegetarian? Supplement your
diet by hunting game.

52.Home school your children. They can
incorporate gardening and livestock
care into their curriculum and it saves
on travel(environmentally sound), uniform
costs and school trip expenses(frugal).As
well as allowing them to be educated in
sustainable living/permaculture. Something
schools don't cover!! It's rewards are many
fold and results in happy well balanced
children!



(Submitted by Naomi Lever)


Things You Can Do to be More Self-Sufficient
http://www.daycreek.com/dc/html/dc_ss_thingsyoucando.htm



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SECTION 3



SELF-SUSTAINABILITY
LINKS




Backyard Self Sufficiency
http://www.jackiefrench.com/backyard.html

Driving Green Resources
http://www.driving.co.uk/car-clinic/driving-green/

Electric Vehicles
http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/domestic/electric-vehicles-0

Farming - Off the Grid and Self Sustaining
http://www.squidoo.com/farming_3

Green Trust Renewable Energy & Self Sufficiency
http://www.green-trust.org/

Guide To Sustainable Living and the Self Sufficiency Lifestyle
http://www.small-farm-permaculture-and-sustainable-living.com / sustainable_living.html

Homestead.org
http://www.homestead.org/

Learn Permaculture
http://www.acs.edu.au/courses/permaculture-and-self-sufficiency-courses.aspx

One Community Self-Sustainability
http://www.onecommunityranch.com/Self-Sustainability.html

Self Sustainable
http://www.selfsustainable.co.za/

Self Sustainability
http://www.natural-organic-farming.com/self-sustainability.html

self-sustainability courses and workshops
http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/gardening/886456/top_10_selfsustainability_courses_and_workshops.html

Self-sustainability gardening and off-the-grid tools
http://www.themistsofavalon.net/t27-self-sustainability-gardening-and-off-the-grid-tools

Self Sufficiency Guide
http://www.self-sufficiency-guide.com/

Starting a Self-Sustainable Nonprofit
http://www.nonprofitlawblog.com/home/2011/01/social-enterprise-incubator-an-easier-way-to-start-a-nonprofit-project.html

Sustainable Living
http://www.sustainableliving.com.au/

SURVIVAL AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY LINKS
http://www.greatdreams.com/survival.htm

Survival, Self Sufficiency and Sustainable Living
http://www.survival.org.au/

Winter Home Heating & Radiator Troubleshooting Guides
https://www.columnrads.co.uk/home-heating-guides



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SELF-SUSTAINABILITY
RESOURCES




Availability
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Availability

List of system quality attributes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_system_quality_attributes

Self-sufficiency
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-sufficiency

Survivalism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survivalism



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