Often described as a ray of sunshine, Heather has lived in rural New Zealand completely off the power grid since 2011. Host of the Sunshine & PowerCuts podcast where she shares inspiration drawn from relying on nature for power to help empower others as well as insights into her life off-grid.
In this Episode: The long dark NZ Autumn and Winter of 2019.Aotearoa means Land of the Long White Cloud and we live up to that with high % cloud cover, including fog and only handful of sunny days.We may be on track for what may be the lowest recorded sunshine hours whilst I've been off-grid relying on solar power. Without much sunshine, the back up generator was used. I talk about the frequency of use, expense, a few instances that occurred. Weather stats.What are your favourite weather applications or resources? Recap of events and the 2nd podversary of the Sunshine & PowerCuts podcast. 2019 Events: May - Livestream For the Cure June - Winter Solstice / shortest day is my favourite. July - Orchard pruned and recap of the crop August - 4th Sunshine Summit Livestream Event to recognize and celebrate connections & 2nd Podversary of the Sunshine & PowerCuts podcast September - NZ Mental Health Awareness Week: Sept 23-29 & International Podcast Day: Sept 30th Thank You to: Podbean - for displaying a banner during the week of the August 2019 Sunshine Summit on their mobile podcast app! To our new listeners! Welcome and thank you for coming along for this journey. The Sunshine & PowerCuts Patrons for their continued support!We were able to secure sunshinesummit.live for the Sunshine Summit livestream events, and purchase an Elgato StreamDeck which helped make the livestreams smoother. ** Special Note - our First Patron has been with us for 2 years, on September 21st 2019!! Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.** Links from this Episode: PowEp021 - Under the weather World Weather Online 7 Days of Sunshine Challenge Sunshine Summit International Podcast AssociationSurvey NZ Mental Health Awareness Week - Sept 23-29th 2019 International Podcast Day - Sept 30th ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ The Sunshine & PowerCuts podcast:Hosted by Heather Welch This podcast features two types of episodes which alternate. Sunshine ones offer inspiration drawn from nature, In PowerCut episodes like this one I share insights into my life living off the power grid. Embark on a journey empowered by nature, then continue the conversation as part of the Sunshine & PowerCuts Community ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Important Links:Website: www.sunshineandpowercuts.comGeeks Rising: www.geeksrising.comPatreon: www.patreon.com/SunshineAndPowerCutsTeeSpring: https://teespring.com/stores/sunshine-powercutsYouTube: youtube.com/HeatherWelch_life-is-beautifulTwitch: twitch.tv/sunpowerpod Ways you can connect with me:Tweet me on Twitter @SunPowerPodFollow me on Instagram @SunPowerPodEmail me at hello@sunshineandpowercuts.comLeave me a comment on Facebook @SunshineAndPowerCuts Support the Show:To gain access to the community, extra resources and bonus episodes or to just simply support the show you can do so on Patreon.com/SunshineAndPowerCuts.Keep cool in a Sunshine & PowerCuts t-shirt, warm up with a hoodie, take a tote bag or savour the moment with a mug from the TeeSpring Store: https://teespring.com/stores/sunshine-powercuts Subscribe to the podcast Listen, Review and Rate – PodBean // Spotify //  Apple Podcasts  //  Stitcher  //  Tune In  // Podchaser //  PodKnife  //  Poddirectory
As the August 2019 Sunshine Summit nears, I had the chance to turn the interview table around on Heather...Guest: Heather, Sunshune and PowerCutsDisclaimer: Chris, Play ComicsPromos: The Wheel Weaves and August 2019 Sunshine SummitNetwork: Himalaya (presented by Heather, Sunshine & PowerCuts)Facebook group: The AsylumSponsor: Bath By Bex (code CBDkate for 15% off)Merch: bit.ly/iwbpodcastmerchPatreon: https://www.patreon.com/IWBpodcastMusic: DFA by OnlyMeithArtwork: Minna, True Crime Finland
Hello it's Heather from the Sunshine & PowerCuts podcast. In association with Geeks Rising from the 10th to the 16th of August, or 11th to 17th if you're in a timezone near New Zealand, we are hosting the second 2019 Sunshine Summit. It's a week of livestreams with amazing content creators and their communities with the theme of celebrating connections. All of the details for the upcoming Summit as well as replays from our previous events and where the livestreams will be happening, can be found at sunshinesummit.live. A huge thank you to the patrons of Sunshine & PowerCuts for making it possible! So check it out. And if you know our guests we'd love to you to come and celebrate with us. And if they are new to you, come along and learn more about them and we look forward to celebrating connections with you. August 2019 Guest List:Day 1:Kate - Ignorance Was Bliss - 5pm EDT Sat 10th (9am NZT Sun 11th)Bettina & Ninorah - NRI Woman - 9:30pm EDT Sat 10th (1:30pm NZT Sun 11th) Day 2:Dave Lee - The Waves of Tech / International Podcast Day - 5pm EDT Sun 11th (9am NZT Mon 12th)Chris Curran - Podcast Engineering School & Show / Podcaster's Lounge - 8pm EDT Sun 11th (12pm NZT Mon 12th) Day 3:Chris Green - Gravity Beard / Underdog Podcast Community - 5pm EDT Mon 12th (9am NZT Tues 13th)Ben Brown - Tourette's Podcast / Member of Geeks Rising - 9pm EDT Mon 12th (1pm NZT Tues 13th) Day 4:Cross Play Compatible - Play Comics, Real Dudes Podcast, Gamerheads Podcast - 8pm EDT Tues 13th 12pm NZT Wed 14th) Day 5:Lisa & Sam - I shake My Head - 9pm EDT Wed 14th (1pm NZT Thurs 15th)Day 6:Geeks Rising Podcast Network - Bandrew Says Podcast, On The Subject, Conversations with Creators, Sunshine & PowerCuts - 10pm EDT Thurs 15th (2pm NZT Fri 16th NZT)Day 7:FinaleJoin Heather for a fun finale - time TBC Share the Event!You can use the hastags on social media: #sunshinesummit2019#celebrateconnectionsAnd to see posts from last year's event follow #sunshinesummit2018 Also, sharing helps others discover it! So please share this event, and bring friends! It's going to be a lot of fun! ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~Important Links:Website: www.sunshineandpowercuts.comGeeks Rising: www.geeksrising.com Patreon: www.patreon.com/SunshineAndPowerCutsTeeSpring: https://teespring.com/stores/sunshine-powercutsYouTube: youtube.com/HeatherWelch_life-is-beautifulTwitch: twitch.tv/sunpowerpod Ways you can connect with me:Tweet me on Twitter @SunPowerPodFollow me on Instagram @SunPowerPodEmail me at hello@sunshineandpowercuts.comLeave me a comment on Facebook @SunshineAndPowerCuts Support the Show:To gain access to the community, extra resources and bonus episodes or to just simply support the show you can do so on Patreon.com/SunshineAndPowerCuts. Keep cool in a Sunshine & PowerCuts t-shirt, warm up with a hoodie, take a tote bag or savour the moment with a mug from the TeeSpring Store: https://teespring.com/stores/sunshine-powercuts Subscribe to the podcast Listen, Review and Rate – PodBean // Spotify //  Apple Podcasts  //  Stitcher  //  Tune In  // Podchaser // PodKnife  //  Poddirectory
We are joined by Heather Welch of the Sunshine & PowerCuts podcast talking about the myths, realities, and technology behind off-the-grid living. Out of necessity 7 ½ years ago, Heather and her husband built a customized off grid system in rural northern New Zealand after being told a power connection would cost over $30,000. Heather shares her story of building the system, the technology behind the system, and the obvious ups and downs of living such a lifestyle. Adapting to changing conditions in terms of weather conditions, personal needs, and capacity limitations is a major component of the system. Many of us have strongly held perceptions of this lifestyle and Heather shares numerous myths, misconceptions, and realities of off-the-grid living. We finish off with offering up several concrete tips and takeaways from her experiences.
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Location
New Zealand
Episode Count
83
Podcast Count
17
Total Airtime
19 hours, 5 minutes