Many people who attempt to go off-grid end up failing. It’s going to be hard work in order to remain off of the grid. Here are some of the things that you need in order to be successful.
Water Filtration System
Water is going to be key to your survival. You can drink from a variety of sources, but they need to be clean so that you can stay healthy. Well water or taking water from a nearby stream are viable options for your water source. Install a water filtration system in your homestead. Look into a rainwater collection system to help with your irrigation needs. This will eliminate the need for you to use your water filtration system in your garden.
Healthy Soil Options
Going off of the grid may mean that you want to grow your own crops. In order to do this you need to have the right kind of soil. Purchase your own soil testing kit so that you can maintain the needs of your crops indefinitely. Add the right blend of nutrients to increase your yield. Another thing to consider is crop rotation and resting the land every few years. This will allow you to avoid having to make more frequent runs to stock up on your food stores.
You still want to be able to protect your family and your home even when you’re off the grid. Certain companies, like Tele-Plus, know that you should also look into installing a security alarm system. This will notify you if someone tries to break into your home. It may also be enough of a deterrent to scare them away. Install security locks on your doors so that you can eliminate someone getting into your home. Look into security windows to make your homestead more defensible.
Having a power source is another crucial system that you need to invest in at your homestead. It can be difficult to live your life completely in the dark. Look into solar panels or even a windmill. You don’t need that much energy to support your homestead if you’re careful with your usage. The type of power source that you install will depend on the terrain of your homestead. In some areas, it may be prudent to have a generator on hand.
Going off grid doesn’t mean that you need to live your life without some of the luxuries of modern life. You can do both and be successful in your homesteading goals.
About the Author:
Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber