Going off the Grid
To live off the grid essentially means having a self-sustaining domicile that is independent of outside influence. Free of government dependence and the associated costs, the prospect of living off the grid has become ever more enticing to citizens of all countries.
Providing the necessary utilities to survive, which include water and electricity, is a billion dollar industry. Consequently, there should be no surprise why “preppers” and “survivalists” have had a consistently poor portrayal in our corporate run media. Becoming energy independent, in truth, has nothing to do with preparing for doomsday or a zombie apocalypse.
Energy independence is not as difficult or costly as some might have you believe. Solar Panel prices have dropped 60 percent since 2011, and that trend shows no sign of ceasing. A 24 volt system – more than enough to power your home – typically sells for about 14 thousand dollars. The one time investment will put an end to that shocking, rapidly increasing electric bill we all receive each and every month.
If you live near a creek, we would recommend a micro hydro power turbine, a device that will use transform the water current into usable energy. A small turbine might be as cheap as 6 thousand dollar.
No one can survive without water, but do you even want the water coming from your tap? With increasing amounts of antibiotics, antidepressants, fluoride, and many more toxins found in water supplies throughout the world, a well reserve is becoming the best option for you and your family. The well and septic tank combo will typically sell for around ten thousand dollars. That is a small price to pay to actually know what you’re drinking, not to mention never having another water bill. 15 percent of Americans already use a well for drinking water.
In regards to heating, we would recommend a wood stove. At only 3 or 4 thousand dollars, this tried and true method of heating will dramatically reduce your winter time spending. The best part of the wood stove is that refueling it just means finding a dry log!
Living off-grid full time is not easy, and such a life does require a substantial start-up cost and a lot of hard work. With that said, the benefits are wonderful. Full financial freedom might be your primary motivation, but money is only a small part of off grid living. In a world that grows more complex and sinful every day, escaping the pressure and noise will make you and your family appreciate what’s truly important in life again.