How To Live Off The Grid
Living off the grid has become a more popular housing option these days. People are moving out of the comfort of their homes and opting for something smaller and maybe less convenient. Some people do it to reduce their carbon footprint others because they no longer want to be tied down with so many bills and the constant on the go feeling of living in the city. Whatever the reason, living off the grid is a big change and can be a tough one if you’re not fully prepared. In this blog post, we will go over how to live off the grid and give you some resources to further learn about this housing option.
The first thing to figure out is where you are going to live. If you choose to build an off the grid home, we suggest looking for a sparsely populated area where building codes don’t apply. This will allow you space and flexibility to create your home. Living off the grid is also about having space between you and your neighbors. It’s kind of like you’re going back to the little house on the prairie days. Neighbors could be miles away from you. If you’re not comfortable with that then it’s totally okay to live closer to other people. Also, living off the grid generally means living in a smaller home. Your focus needs to shift from a big house to something smaller.
Next what you should figure out is if you are going to be fully self-sustainable or if you will still rely on some modern technology. You’re going to have to spend some more money if you want to have some modern conveniences. If you choose to live fully self-sustainable, make sure you are prepared to go without the comfort of your current everyday life. You will need to create your own energy, which can be done through solar panels or small wind turbines. You also will need to have water. If you live near a lake, pond, or flowing stream you can pump the water to your home. The water will need to be sanitized so you can either boil the water until it’s clean or buy a sanitizing filter. Using rain barrels is also a good way to acquire water. A composting toilet or septic tank will be needed if you decide to be fully self-sustainable. If you want to grow your own food, you will need to create an above ground planter or find an area with good soil and plant your garden there. You’ll also need to learn what plants grow in what seasons to have a successful garden and food supply.
One of the great things about living off the grid is more time is spent outside. There should be plenty of local places to go hiking, biking, etc. Spending more time outside is good for your health. It can make you more focused, you’ll get more exercise, and you’ll be happier. Living off the grid is a great way to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature. Another great benefit to living off the grid is you can pretty much live rent free. Because you’re unplugged from major utilities, you don’t have to worry about most of your money going to paying off bills. Life becomes stress free!
Moving off the grid and unplugging from modern conveniences isn’t for everyone. This is a big change and it can be tough. If it’s really something you want to do, do some extensive research and find out if it’s the right thing for you. Below is a link to some resources and websites that can help you in your research.
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