Over 1.7 billion people from all over the world are
living off-grid. Some have chosen to go off the grid and live a sustainable
lifestyle. Others don’t have access to these utilities and must live off the
If you are
thinking about going off the grid, read on for the five steps you will need to
What is Off-Grid Living?
When you go
off the grid, you no longer rely on anybody else for your utilities. This means
you provide your electricity, water, and gas. Some folks supply their own food
1. Make a Plan
get started, you need to make a plan. An off-grid lifestyle will save you money
in the long run, but the initial costs can add up. Set your budget before you
everything you want to do to be self-sufficient. This will include planning a
garden and picking out solar panels. You may also need to buy new energy-saving
projects by yourself but plan for professional help along the way.
2. Choose Your Location
If you do
not live in a place suitable for off-grid living, you may need to find a new
location. Be sure where you choose has a lot of sunlight available year-round.
You also will need to have enough space for a septic tank and well.
3. Install Solar Panels
where you live, solar panels are the best way to get energy when you go
off-grid. Americans use, on average, around 11,000
kilowatt-hours per year. Imagine being able to cut that down by using the sun’s
install solar panels yourself or hire a professional to help. It may be
beneficial to find solar
providers near you since this will be your home’s main power source. You want to make sure
it gets done right.
that you need to have appliances that are energy efficient. Older appliances
are not made to run off the grid. Find appliances, water heaters, and HVAC
units that are a good fit for solar power.
4. Plant a Garden
think of off-grid living, you may think about electricity and other utilities.
To be off-grid, you will need a source of food. It will save you money and
lessen the environmental impact of commercial farming.
talking to your local garden center about the types of foods that grow best in
your area. Discuss with neighbors what they grow and ask for tips. If this is
your first time gardening, start small, so it is not overwhelming.
harvest schedule and how you plan to use the things you grow. Will you eat the
food fresh or preserve it for later?
5. Find a Water Source
off-grid, you will need to plan for a water source. You can dig a well if you
have the space available. The initial cost can be high, but you won’t have to
rely on the city’s water supply anymore.
to a well, you can collect rainwater. It will allow you to have a backup supply
of water. You can store rainwater in tanks above or below ground.
Ready to Go Off The Grid?
these first steps have given you a better idea of what it takes to go off the
grid. Following this guide will help you achieve a sustainable lifestyle!
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