Living on the Land—Taking Care of Basic Amenities in a House off the Grid

Living off the grid isn’t just a trend. It’s a lifestyle that allows people to make a stronger connection to nature and the old fashioned ways of living disconnected from the fast paced and always technologically interconnected world of today. Learning how to live off the grid also means having knowledge that can allow you survive on your own after an emergency or some cataclysmic event. Whatever the case, you need to know how provide basic household amenities while off the grid.

Drinking Water

The number one necessity humans need to survive is drinking water. However, how do you get drinking water in a home off the grid? If you can, constructing a well for drinking water is a great choice. It takes a lot of work however. You can also collect rain water and water from nearby streams, but this water must be thoroughly filtered and treated to be safe.


You will also need a way to safely dispose of human waste in a house off the grid. Thankfully, you can construct your own sewage system even while many miles away from civilization. This can include the construction of a septic tank. You will need to know how to maintain the tank yourself. Also be careful where you build your sewage system so you don’t contaminate your water supply.


Of course people cannot survive without food. If you live off the grid, you do have the choice of traveling many miles to civilization every week or so to get what you want. However, if you want to be truly detached from society, you better work on improving your gardening and hunting skills. There are also many dishes that can be cooked without relying on modern convenience. The Amish, who live off the grid, are famous for their home cooking and baked goods.


Cabin in Woods

The hardest time to live off the grid is certainly during the winter. You need to be prepared. Without the electrical grid to rely on, you’re going to need to go back to more traditional ways of providing heat for your family. This means a fireplace well stocked with chopped wood, pellets or some other fuel source to get your family through those cold winter months.

Living off the grid certainly isn’t easy. Providing your family with basic amenities will be much more difficult. However, there can be strong benefits to living apart from today’s fast paced society as well. There is nothing wrong with learning how to survive on your own. It’s a great skill set to have.

About the Author:

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.

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