If you’re one of the countless people who are considering “going off the grid,” then there are a few things you need to know and acquire before you make you make the transition to off-grid living. Implementing these ideas will make your goal easier to accomplish, as well as make your life simpler.
Know How To Hunt And Garden
If you’re going off the grid, chances are you’ve chosen an extremely rural area in which even the simplest of stores may be several miles away. Having a general knowledge of weapons, hunting, and gardening will benefit you when it comes to providing food for yourself and your family. Knowing how to use a firearm for more than hunting will also prove beneficial if you’re going to be living in an area that is known for dangerous, natural predators.
Access To A Reliable, Clean Water Supply
Since water is essential for life, it’s imperative that you plan your new home near or around a reliable, clean water supply that can be used for personal consumption, bathing, laundry, and washing dishes. Check water reports in the area you’re planning to move to, and also check to see if collecting rainwater is allowed.
Make Sure Your Cooking And Heating Needs Will Be Met
If you’re going off the grid, you’ll still need to eat and keep yourself and your family warm. If you’re planning to move to a heavily wooded area, make sure you’re allowed to cut down trees to use for firewood. Investing in a wood stove or propane-fueled stove is also a smart idea, as both can serve as heaters and cooking surfaces. Keeping a propane tank on your property can be extremely useful, though this does come with its challenges. An expert from Powerblanket says cold weather can be hard on propane tanks, making it difficult for them to maintain optimal pressure. If you live in an area which experiences cooler winter temperatures, consider securing a propane tank heater to preserve your propane source.
See If Solar Panels Are Offered At Your New Location
If you’re going off the grid but still want to keep certain amenities such as TV, a cell phone, and use of the internet, you may want to consider having solar panels installed. These will afford you clean, affordable (if not nearly free) energy to use for powering appliances (a refrigerator and freezer for storing the meat from your hunting and gardening), laundry appliances, and everything else that requires some sort of electrical charge to work.
Be Prepared To Downsize
Many people who long to return to a simpler way of living are also considering “tiny homes,” the ever-growing trend of drastically downsizing one’s living space. These tiny homes and other methods of living a less frantic life have their benefits, and are definitely worth checking into.
Off-grid living is a dream for many and a challenge for all who choose to pursue it. The rewards of independence and self-sufficiency, however, are something you will reap the benefits of for years to come.
Emma is a freelance writer living in Boston. When she manages to tear herself away from the computer, she enjoys baking, rock climbing, and film noir.