There is a certain romance in thinking about going off the grid. You could be like Thoreau on Walden Pond, living off the land, at one with nature. Thing is, it doesn’t always work out that way. Not everyone is cut out to live off the grid. There are around 200,000 people in the United States who are living off the grid to some degree or another. Are YOU ready to live off the grid? Take a look at our list of preparations and see how you line up.
You have the Ability to Generate your own Power
Having not only a primary source of power but also a backup source is vital. If you are going to live in your home – even off grid – you are going to need to power it. Take your home’s design as well as your location and needs in order to pick the best power source for you. Some people use solar panels, but on overcast days you may need to use your back up power. Bio fuel is another good option.
A Priority on Conservation
Running a household that is off the grid is a little different from running a regular household. Energy conservation is key. Take steps now to conserve energy so that when you are actually ready to go off the grid you will be accustomed to more aggressive conservation measures. Using a woodstove for warmth and taking showers in the afternoon are two good ways to start. Just make sure that before you move forward that you have a conservation plan in place.
A Plan for Waste Disposal
There are strict laws that govern how waste is disposed safely. If you want to completely cut ties and get off the grid’s sewer system, install your own drain field and septic system. This system takes all your waste and returns it to the ground. A composting toilet is another option. The key is to ensure that you have a solid plan in place before you go off the grid.
A Method for Water Collection
When you are living off the grid, water collection is absolutely necessary. Many preppers use private walls. If you have a stream or lake nearby that could be another option. Think about how to get the water from its source to inside your house. Rain barrels are another great way to collect water.
A Viable Design
The design of your house is a vital part of your off the grid plan. The house needs to be as efficient as possible with particular structural features that maximize whatever power source you have chosen, whether propane, solar panels, or bio-fuel. You can’t just shut everything down one day and pick right up on your own power source. Most homes are constructed with the understanding that they will operate with central air and heat as well as full electricity. If you keep your current home and convert it, there will likely be some changes that you will have to make.
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