There is no getting away from it, a self-sufficient lifestyle requires you to be practical and hands on. There is no getting ‘a man who does’ , it’s down to you and your own skills and ingenuity, which if you have only ever changed a light bulb before can be a little scary. There are numerous books available, some better than others and of course if you have sorted your energy options then there is always the internet! again some sites are better than others, Not to mention attending a self-sufficiency course! The important thing to remember, we have all made mistakes! We just try not to repeat them too often!
There are a number of Self-Sufficiency projects that can improve your level of comfort, make life easier , increase productivity , reduce costs and improve biodiversity. Some require basic woodworking, plumbing or building skills, others require that you can understand simple instructions.
A solar oven uses the direct heat of sunlight to cook and heat food, or liquids. Solar ovens are widely used in developing countries, for the very obvious reasons, no power is required and they are relatively cheap low-tech devices. Additional benefits are that they reduce the need to gather wood for fires, reduce the risk from fires, as well as reducing air pollution. There are many variations available, some more sophisticated than others, some made from using parabolic mirrors with tracking systems. However, a simple well insulated box, with a reflective interior and a glass lid will usually suffice.