If you are considering living off the grid, today is the perfect day to begin planning. With the vast resources of the internet at your fingertips, you can plan your off-grid homestead to work at optimal efficiency so you can ensure your independence from outside resources for food, power, water, and more. Here are some points to ponder as you plan your more self-sufficient lifestyle.
One of the best ways to gain independence is in the provision of food for your family. Take time to broaden your homesteading skills in areas such as home canning, dehydrating food, gardening, and bee keeping. Once you have mastered planting and caring for a large garden, you will need to find creative ways to store your produce without relying upon refrigeration and freezing. Nothing beats hands-on experience, so volunteering to help a home canner or bee keeper may be the perfect way to learn how to cultivate these valuable skills.
In order to generate electricity, you may consider wind turbines, if you live in an area where this is a feasible source of power. If you decide to go with solar power instead, look into making your own solar panels, as there are excellent resources on the internet if you are handy with tools. Make sure to purchase redundant solar power components that you might need to get your system working. Getting off the electric grid is one of the biggest goals most people have as they pursue self-sufficiency.
Consider the addition of some livestock to your off-grid plans. Backyard chickens are not just a hobby for those who want to be self-sufficient. Chickens provide eggs daily, chickens can also be slaughtered for their meat. Rabbits are an excellent source of protein, and they are easy keepers as well. Be sure to have a good farm dog to ward off predators and alert you to the presence of strangers.
You will need a reliable source of fresh water for your successful homestead to remain off the grid. A deep well, fitted with a hand pump, is one of the easiest ways to ensure that the flow of fresh water is there to provide for the needs of family members as well as livestock.
In addition, rain barrels set up to catch rainwater is an excellent way to collect water for plants and flowers, but remember, rainwater is not a safe source for human consumption absent additional filtration and purification efforts. Once you have a plan in mind, you are one step closer to self-sufficient living.
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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