Tips for a DIYer To Go Off the Grid Comfortably
Taking “get off the grid” in its most specific sense means removing yourself from all public utilities, including water service, gas, and electrical power. While a well can supply hydration, and your heat options range from wood to kerosene, electricity requires more technology. Solar power is an effective means of sustainable electricity, as are wind and water—hook up your home with one or all three. As for backup power, set up your solar array and invest in large-scale lithium batteries that you can recharge between uses. While the point remains not to become too dependent on electric power, there will be times you need it, and having several large lithium battery packs stored away and constantly charging nearby may be a literal lifesaver.
Watching the Temperature
Throughout the year and depending on the climate, you may face an ongoing battle with heat and cold. Begin by ensuring your home is properly insulated, especially in the attic and roof area. Good insulation keeps your home cool in summer by keeping heat out and warm in winter by keeping warm air from escaping. Windows are your main means of temperature control, allowing cooling breezes to blow through the house or letting in the sun’s rays. When the temperature drops, be ready with a wood-burning fireplace, warm clothing, and plenty of blankets. Be aware that if you use well water, the water in the well won’t freeze (as it’s below the frost line), but the pipes leading to your house may. Insulate the pipes running to your home.
Gardening To Live
Intend to live far from grocery stores? Learn all you can about gardening. You’ll need at least two acres of land that’s conducive to growing an assortment of plants while also providing room for chickens, pigs, cows, and other farm animals that produce staples like eggs, milk, meat, and more. Bone up on fertilizer, hydration, fighting pests, plant diseases, and more. Invest in at least a year of survival food as well, as this will tide you over until you get the crops going.
Watch Your Water
Here’s the last of our tips for a DIYer to go off the grid comfortably, though it should be obvious. Make sure you have access to water. Pick a property with a clean water source or, as mentioned above, access to water below ground. Boil your water to be extra sure it’s purified. Rainwater is another great source of water, so set up barrels to catch runoff from your roof and elsewhere.
Getting away from it all is grand, but prepare for any potential shortage or emergency. Planning an independent power system backed by large lithium battery packs, keeping the water flowing, and being ready to stay well-fed and warm will make any other challenges a piece of cake.