Skip to comments.Worst Mistakes To Avoid When Going Off Grid: â€œWe Wish Weâ€™d Knownâ€
Posted on 01/08/2016 7:26:53 PM PST by Kartographer
Want to build your own life back on the land, instead of keeping pace in this insane society headed for implosion?
There are lots of things that youâll have to learn the hard way in order to go off grid.
The path is not easy, but thatâs no reason not to get started, and move forward on your ultimate plan to live more independently.
This off-grid couple, at Fouch-o-matic Off Grid, had to relearn some of the basics to figure out how to live an alternative lifestyle without losing their minds, or facing impossible, labor intensive tasks.
(Excerpt) Read more at shtfplan.com ...
if you have to poop and pee in an outhouse in the middle of winter, why live?....
seriously, I think a more reasonable "off the grid" to me is being out of the rat race...
living simply so you don't have tons of monthly bills.
learn to have fun doing simple things like cards, or puzzles, or reading or playing musical instruments, etc...
learn to grow a garden, maybe raise a few chickens or a beef cow....
get you bills under control....better to cancel cable, and the newspaper and have just one car then to be swimming in bills...
be happy....that'll get to the elites more than anything...
Living off the grid is possible but you have to be a hardy and self-reliant soul to do it.
Few people can or want to live without modern conveniences.
Hoofing it will be a vocation for a minority.
Most people are better off buying a tiny house and living car free.
If you want to eliminate stress and a debt its a manageable way to live without going off the grid.
The middle ground works well for most people who want a simpler lifestyle.
If you can pay for everything you do with cash, congratulations, you live off the grid.
Splitting firewood is great exercise! I love doing it!
My dad always said you get two heats out of cutting and splitting wood. One cutting and splitting it, and two burning it.
yep....the beauty of living “off the grid” in town is you pay the greedy federales less and less in taxes....now that’s what I call living off the grid....of course, it requires that you a more simple, and probably better, life.
My dad used to quote Henry Ford who once said,
‘Firewood keeps you warm twice. Once when you split it, once when you burn it.’ Very similar to what your dad said.
This little place is totally off-grid ...but even modest property taxes must be paid annually. The *man* knows where you live.
Just reminded me of one of Patrick McManus' hilarious early writings. He told the story of he and his friend, as young boys, chopping down an old snag for firewood and dropping it across his father's new fence. He said that particular tree provided three heatings, one considerably hotter than the others.
That might work if you live in NYC but most people cannot walk to where they need to go.
Great point - taxman always knows where you are living and how many sq ft to assess....tough to beat aerial photography. Agree with living simply, reducing costs/debt.
Cut down tree
cut into logs
stack and haul logs to place
Husband got a gas powered log splitter a few years ago.
It is great. He couldn’t get along without it at his age!
I grew up with an outhouse. We had enamel pee pots for the
night time. Emptied them in the morning into the outhouse.
Going potty wasn’t thought much about. Just in and out in
a flash. Wiped with Sears & Roebuck catalog pages!
Just starting to install my second set of solar racks. Slow work in the 30sÂ°F. Only a few tens of watts output right now while we’re fogged in and the sun so low but by June I’ll have more electrical power than I know what to do with (about 1,000 watts and 1,000 stored amp hrs).
BTW, one of my panels, a 75 watt-er was purchased in 2001 and still going strong (can not detect any degradation in output although theoretically there would be 15% or so). It seems immortal.
My in laws have only wood heat-no furnace. It is lovely, but at this stage their sons have to have an annual woodcutting day.
Helped their boys develop grip for wrestling back in the day. My husband still enjoys splitting wood.
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