Living Off the Grid. Where to start?
What does it mean?
To live off the grid has different meanings to people. The basic concept is that you can self-sustain, without public utilities, help from the government or your community- become a survivalist. The main resources: food, water and shelter are the focus. Some assume electricity is a requirement, but it is optional. Studying the lives of the American Indians would be a good start, but we have more advance techniques and equipment. Many people who go off the grid will also learn many survival skills and tactics. How you pursue this lifestyle will depend on your primary goal. Why do you want to live off of the grid?
Why leave the grid behind?
Before you plan how to live off the grid, you must first realize what your primary goal is. You may implement the basics of off the grid living and be content. Others may go into survivalist mode and take a more sophisticated approach, going above and beyond the basics and implementing strict tactics.
As stated earlier: food, water, shelter and maybe even electricity are your primary concerns. Not as a backup or in case of emergency, but as primary usage.
Water: Having a stream or other source of running water on or near your property. Dig a well and/or design a way to collect rain water if needed.
Food: Hunting or trapping meat. Grow your own fruits, vegetables and spices.
Electricity: Using solar, wind or water to produce your own electricity may be on your list. Wind is not efficient and not everyone has running water on their property. This makes solar energy a common choice. If you plan to use solar to save money be careful. Many people fail to calculate in the cost of replacing the batteries every 5 or do years. Solar energy is just now getting to where you may save money in the long run.
Shelter: Many people just think of an everyday brick home. The ideal shelter would be a tiny house. Minimal space, maintenance, upkeep and resource usage.
Within the survivalist and prepping communities living off the grid, or being able to transition quickly is a common trait. Some may keep public utilities and have resources ready for long term or permanent outages. On top of being able to produce your needed resources for our homestead you may also prepare to bug out (leave your homestead). This will shift your focus in a way to survive off of nature itself: off the grid without a permanent residence. Instead of relying on a garden or well water you would require a better understanding of how to find food grown naturally in your area and plot natural water sources. The survivalist will focus more on being able to sustain resources through different SHTF and WROL scenarios. It involves self defense, fitness, tactical equipment and strategic planning. Some things that separate a survivalist from basic off grid living include:
In the end.
Starting a life off the grid can be as simple as throwing some solar panels up, digging a well and growing a garden. Some want to go all out. Instead of paying for everything with cash, you work to provide your own resources from nature. If you plan going off the grid to survive the Apocalypse, a foreign invasion or other SHTF/WROL situation there will be a major lifestyle change. From training to planning and gaining the proper equipment. This lifestyle does not have to cost a lot to get into. There are many affordable ways to go about this as long as you are patient and willing to work hard to accomplish your goal. I hope this article provided you enough information so you can plan and research and properly meet your goals. There will be more in-depth information soon and if you have questions, ask in our forums.