off the grid

Considering Living Off-Grid?

Here’s What You Need To Know

The off-grid life has become more and more appealing to many individuals. A need for self-sufficiency, increasing utility bills, and a genuine desire for privacy are only a few of the factors individuals seek from owning sustainable off-grid homes. For some, it’s the excitement of a new alternative to standard living and they desire to go off the grid and live solely by their own means. 

If you’re planning to go off-grid, here are three crucial guidelines to help you get started.

1 Finding The Right Location To Live Off-grid Is Critical

Although you can live independently from the gird to an extent almost anywhere, some areas are unquestionably more pleasant than others. Off-grid communities have developed and offer some benefits from living in a more isolated area in some places. Whichever location you choose, take these considerations into account when looking for a place to settle your homestead.

These are good questions to ask yourself when considering leaving the mainstream.

  • First and foremost, what kind of weather do you anticipate?
  • Second, is the weather unpredictable?
    • Are natural disasters likely to strike the area?
  • What natural resources will be available in the area?
  • Are there any natural habitats there?
  • What are the conditions and quality of the land and soil?
  • Is it possible to produce food there?
  • Is the water table low enough for a basement to be built?
  • What is the location of the closest water source?
  • What is the average amount of rain in the area?

2 Heating And Water Are Essential When Living Off-Grid

When living independently from mainstream society, producing heat is still a big challenge. There are many kits available for off-grid solar installation and batteries for off-grid solar are becoming more efficient each year. One such battery example is the Tesla Powerwall off-grid power source. Most challenges can be overcome by solar energy. However, it would be impossible to heat an entire house using only deep cell batteries and photovoltaic panels.

When you make the decision to live off the grid, many of the prized possessions that you own become completely useless. Perhaps even more interesting is the fact that the items you once felt were irrelevant instantly become important.

Of course, the advent of solar-powered water pumps made pumping water simple in sunny weather. But what about long stretches of cloud cover? Then what are you going to do? Fuel is required for generators. One solution is hand pumps.  Hand pumps only need a small amount of effort. Thus, in an emergency, a hand pump will at least allow you to get enough water from a well to survive.

3 Gardening and Livestock

Going grid free involves more than just detaching from city amenities like power and water. Starting to grow a vegetable garden will help you become much more self-sufficient. Fruit trees can be a choice to complement your growing, depending on your area. Don’t forget about livestock. Chickens are easy to hold and produce eggs, and rabbits are another common off-grid small farm animal: they reproduce easily, produce meat, and are relatively simple to raise.

People can use animal dung, as well as excess plant matter, as compost to provide additional nutrients to the soil. Chickens can also consume garden bugs, and people can use animal feces as garden fertilizer. Overall, a garden can be fully self-sufficient. This is a methodology known as permaculture. Simply put, permaculture gardening is a holistic approach to gardening.

Cost of Going Off-Grid

Some people may believe that leaving the grid will save them money.  In some cases, this may be true.  However, it’s important to remember the cost of setting up an entirely new way of living.  Often the setup expenses can be high.  Although renewable energy can be very cost-effective, setting up a new solar system off-grid can cost $50,000 or more.

(Check out this solar panel off-grid calculator for more information)

This post is intended to provide constructive advice for those considering an off-grid lifestyle, but if you’re serious about doing so, you should check out more detail. If you remember these pointers, you’ll have a simpler time getting started and will have a good sense of what to do. Living off the grid is difficult, but the sense of self-sufficiency you gain is incredibly satisfying and gives you a sense of achievement.

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