Would You Go Off Grid if You Could?
The thought of going completely off-grid may intrigue you. Would you be able to survive, without some amount of complaining, if you didn’t have city water, a tether to the electric grid, and an indoor bathroom? For each of us, the answer is different, but I know someone who does just that.
I first met Teri at Homestead Honey when I ran across her post about building a solar powered system to run her homestead. I use my freezer heavily for my food storage plan and I’m always worried about losing all our hard work if the power goes out. Wouldn’t solar it be a fantastic backup system for any homeowner?
Recently Teri published her eBook Creating Your Off Grid Homestead and I just had to take a look.
There are basic necessities that we all need for any amount of comfort. Shelter, water, and electricity some to mind. The Page family moved to their property in NE Missouri without any of these things. I call that brave and prepared.
In fact, I learned that the Page’s had already accomplished 14 years of homesteading in the Willamette Valley of Oregon before they decided to take this big move. They practiced their self-reliance skills every day before taking this big jump to off-grid.
Off Grid Shelter
Tiny houses are all the rage and Teri Page lives in one. If you are considering this option yourself you’ll learn
- The actual cost of building a tiny house and how much money you can save if you can do some of it yourself.
- How to store all you need in small spaces.
- Heating and cooling ideas for off grid living.
- What to do if you don’t have a kitchen in your home (hint – I might just create an outdoor kitchen in my yard right now!)
Off Grid Water
Can you imagine having to move your water by the bucketful from the pond to the house and outbuildings? That’s how it was done in olden times and how the Page family does it today. I think this is perhaps the one thing that keeps me from really embracing an off-grid life. What about the bathroom! I must say Teri makes it seem completely doable as she discusses all the ways that they catch, filter, purify and use water around their property.
We were blessed to move onto a piece of land that already had a one-acre pond within walking distance to our homesite. Teri Page
One of the things I would really like to do on my property is to install a series of rain barrels. Even if I don’t plan on being off grid, this is one thing I can do to become more self-reliant where I live. In Creating Your Off-Grid Homestead I learned how to choose barrels, set up a system, and how the Page family uses it daily.
Off Grid Electricity
“Overall, our PV system has far exceeded our expectations. In the summer months, when the days were long and the sun was plentiful, we were making far more electricity than we could use. There have only been two times when our batteries have dipped below 50%.” Teri Page
I learned quite a bit about installing a solar PV system and their decisions to go solar. They also use a generator as a backup system.
Other topics covered in Creating Your Off Grid Homestead e-book include:
- Composting toilets
- Laundry without electricity
- Off grid with kids
- Animal care
- Gardening with an eye on permaculture principles
Each chapter has “questions for thought” at the end, so you can customize the things that are important to you, and also make sure you aren’t’ forgetting something during the planning process. I’ll take the advice of someone who has already accomplished homesteading off-grid any time!
I highly recommend this new book to anyone that would like to live a more self-reliant life. While you will not find all the “how to’s” in this volume, you will certainly gain an appreciation for the possibilities of homesteading and inspiration to jump in and try it yourself.