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So You Want to Live Off Grid

Posted by on February 17, 2017

The hubby and I have a dream- a dream to someday live off grid. Completely off grid. The idea of having the freedom and independence that only comes from not having to rely on any other person is glorious to us. We want to have a cabin in a remote part of Alaska where we can enjoy the peace and quite that Alaska wilderness has to offer.

So You Want to Live Off Grid - IdlewildAlaskaA lot goes in to preparing to live like that. What kind of house will we live in? How will we generate power? Where will we get our water? What will we eat? How will we stay warm in the cold Alaskan winters? Thankfully, I have a lot of homesteading blogger friends who are on the same journey and are happy to share what they’ve learned!

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Where to Live Off Grid

A huge part of being off grid is where you live. It’s actually illegal in some states now, which is beyond crazy to me. Knowing the lay of the land, the natural resources, accessibility, sun exposure, length of growing season, and so much more can vastly change where you decide to build your home. The Farmer’s Lamp was thrown into living off grid for the first time in 2015. As someone new to it, Rhonda had some great all-around tips!

Power Off Grid

Solar power is quickly becoming the most popular way to power your home when living off grid, but it is important to realize there are other options out there. Depending on the location of your home, one might work better for you than another. Where our home is right now, solar isn’t really a viable option for us, as we completely lose direct sunlight for two months every year. You’ll need to learn exactly how much power you’ll need to be sure you choose the best power option for your home. Even if you already have a solar system in place, be sure to continue monitoring and reevaluating your power usage. Do you know what your energy hogs are in your home? There are also traditional lighting options  and traditional cooking options out there too. ( I seriously want one of these outdoor ovens at our home now and the future one! And a solar oven too!)

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There are quite a few different options when it comes to your water. Life without running water would be a big change for a lot of people. Consider a gray water system for reusing water to irrigate your garden or orchard.

La Commode

For anyone wanting to live off grid, the “bathroom” is a big deal. Sanitation is hugely important when you’re dealing with things yourself and don’t have the ease of a city sewer system. While an outhouse works for many people, this isn’t the only option anymore. Composting toilets are becoming more and more popular and no longer have to be a huge expense. There are a lot of different design options out there for these commodes. Be sure to check the reviews extensively- as not all “composting” toilets are the same.

How to Embrace an Off-Grid Lifestyle Review - IdlewildAlaska

I recently discovered the ultimate off-grid living resource. “How to Embrace an Off Grid Lifestyle” by Tammy Trayer of Trayer Wilderness is gold! Not only does Tammy tell you their story of building their amazing off grid home, but she gives TONS of tips and resources for you to build you own! She shares her stories of successes and hardships in wonderful detail. Not only is this book a great learning tool and valuable resource, but it’s entertaining too! If you’ve EVER thought about going off grid, this is the book for you. Be sure to get your copy today!

So You Want to Live Off Grid... Find all the resources, tips, ideas, success and horror stories for living off-grid and becoming self-sufficient here. - IdlewildAlaska


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5 Responses to So You Want to Live Off Grid

  1. Charlotte

    We run our home on solar but are still grid tied for when we need it. We are planning to disconnect from the grid this summer. I am going to have to read “How to Embrace an Off Grid Lifestyle” because we’ve got most things tightly reigned in with our energy use but old habits die hard and I could use some lessons from people who know what the real deal is. I am so thankful we have septic because I don’t know if I could handle the composting toilets …

  2. Annie

    We don’t live off grid but our neighbours have been doing it for more than 20 years. They love it and are more than happy with doing so. We have reduced our electric consumption a lot, just by doing some of the things they do 🙂

  3. Katie

    We should have done more research before moving off grid, but we jumped into it feet first, and with a baby on the way!

  4. Marie Beausoleil

    Thanks for the plug about my composting toilet review. You’re right – they’re not all the same, and I hope other people don’t end up making a $2000+ mistake like we did!

  5. Lisa Bedford

    Great post! Many of us spend a lot of each day in front of a computer. Homesteading hooks us into the natural world and the passing of the seasons, and reminds us of our place within the greater cycle of life.

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