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Life Off-the-Grid

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To keep up to date with Cam & Michelle, visit Cam’s website and blog at

Cam and his wife Michelle live off-the-electricity-grid north of Kingston, Ontario. His interest in sustainability started over 20 years ago when his first daughter was born and he has spoken to thousands of Canadians about lowering their impact on the planet. He has been featured in a number of newspaper, magazine and television profiles and the City of Burlington’s Sustainable Development Committee produced an educational video about the Mather family called “Changes: a low impact environmental lifestyle”, which won a number of awards.

He helped organize the “Wind World” seminar series in the winter of 2003 where 3,000 Canadians learned about renewable energy at 7 cities across Ontario. He and Michelle are the founding editors of “Private Power Magazine – Canada’s Renewable Energy Resource”. They are the publishers of the best selling books “The Renewable Energy Handbook”, “$mart Power: an urban guide to renewable energy and efficiency”, “Biodiesel: Basics and Beyond” and “The Zero-Carbon Car”. They have also produced four DVDs as part of their “Solutions for Sustainability Series; “Living With Renewable Energy”, “Biodiesel Basics”, “Home-Scale Wind Turbine Installation” and “Grow Your Own Vegetables”.

Cam’s first book “Thriving During Challenging Times: The Energy, Food and Financial Independence Handbook” was published in the fall of 2009. His second book “The All You Can Eat Gardening Handbook” was published in the spring of 2010. “Little House Off the Grid” was written by Cam & Michelle Mather and published in 2011. Their latest book “The Sensible Prepper” is available from their website at

Cam and Michelle run their publishing business on solar and wind power and provide workshops at community colleges and events on renewable energy and efficiency.

Michelle & Cam in front of their solar panels


1 Comment

  1. Jeff Goodman

    Hi Cam, Michelle.
    I just finished the natural gas post. Well written and I enjoyed the references made.

    The rebate for geothermal is presently $8750+ but that’s a combined federal / Ontario rebate. I think SK offers the same. I think the other provinces have a lower total rebate, maybe federal only ($4350?). This program is presently expected to end March 31, 2011, all work and the follow-up visit to be completed by then – so people should move on this now if they want this rebate (and who wouldn’t?). A friend of mine in Maryland USA got much more than this amount.

    Federal rebates:

    Federal / Ontario Combined Rebates:

    Finally, there is a video and information on the chemicals used in NG operations available at The Endocrine Disruption Exchange: – my internet connection is too slow so I have not yet seen the video. I still thought you might enjoy.

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