What does it mean to live off-grid?
The exact definition depends on who you ask.
For the sake of our discussion, let’s imagine that ‘off-grid’ means you are currently living in a forest (or wherever), where you are fully disconnected from the outside world.
So with this definition in mind, let’s focus on the three biggest things to consider when moving off-grid.
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A major thing to consider is what you will do for electricity.
You may think you don’t need electricity – after all, humans lived thousands of years – it’s not like food and water.
But you have to admit… It’s really convenient. I certainly don’t want to live without it.
So what do you do if the government isn’t supplying it?
Most people turn to renewable energy – such as solar power.
If you live near a body of water, such as a flowing river, you can use it for hydroelectricity, which is a very efficient method of renewable energy.
You could also use a backup generator, propane, etc. Usually a combination of these things is the safest bet, so when one fails (yes, when, not if) you won’t be stuck in the dark.
Food and Water
If you’re lucky your property will have a natural water source or there will be one nearby. If not, you can collect rainwater. You’ll probably want to do this anyway.
Growing your own crops and maybe even having some livestock in your backyard can be a great source of food.
I’m not much of a meat eater, but I’d have no qualms eating a chicken (and/or its eggs) that I raised in the backyard since I’d know it was properly cared for and not pumped full of hormones.
Health and Safety
Health and safety needs very careful consideration when living off grid since you may be a while away from the nearest hospital.
If this is the case, then everyone in the household taking a basic first aid course is the very least you should do.
I personally would be uncomfortable with just that. A wilderness first aid course or higher is better.
As for safety, the police will probably be a fair while away also. Even when they are close they are often too late. Even if you’re against it, you should consider keeping at least one firearm just in case.
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There are A LOT of things to consider when living off grid. This short article barely scratched the surface.
But don’t let that overwhelm you. If you really want to make it happen, just take one step at a time. You don’t have to go full off-grid right from the start.
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