21 Tips For Quitting Your Job, Going Off Grid & Living The Dream
14. Initiate some dietary changes
Most people opting to go off the grid aim for a healthy and wholesome lifestyle. That includes sticking to a natural diet and avoiding processed foods. The dietary changes are best initiated before making the shift so that all the members of the household get used to them.
Your diet is the most important criteria when you decide on the foods you want to produce. For example, cow manure can be great asset to your vegetable garden, but if you’re vegan, and do not utilize milk or consume meat, keeping cattle is a waste of precious resources.
Grain based diet is not sustainable unless you undertake large scale agriculture. On the other hand, you can have a nearly self-sufficient homestead in as little as 1-2 acres of land if your diet consists mainly of vegetables and animal protein.
15. Build a tiny abode from scratch
There are ready-to-move-in off-grid abodes in the market. But nothing can match the joy and sense of achievement that building one from scratch can provide. If you have a small plot of land, build a tiny house to start with. You would need some woodworking knowledge and tools, but it is not too hard to execute a simple structure if you have people to help with the heavy work.
16. Be on the lookout for land going cheap
Once you have decided to go off-grid and have a general idea where you want to live, watch out for properties that are going cheap. You can get more land for bargain prices if you’re patient. Auctions, estate sales, foreclosures and owner-finance deals can help you get the land you need for a good price.
17. Gain some practical knowledge about alternate fuels
Besides water and food, fuel is one thing that you cannot do without. You need it for cooking and heating, and for running the refrigerator and other electrical appliances you count as necessary. A wood-burning stove may be the cheapest option, but propane fuel is a much cleaner one. Solar power is something you should definitely have, but you should look at the feasibility of wind and hydropower too.
18. Learn to build and install solar panels
Being able to use solar power to meet at least part of your energy requirements is a great asset whether you are connected to the power grid or not. Learn how to build solar panels from components.
19. Explore communication possibilities
When you’re in a remote location, communication is of paramount importance. Satellite communication has made things a lot easier than before; it can help you stay connected to your extended family and friends in the cities. It can even help you shop for essentials. However, satellite connectivity may not be great in some areas.
There are some radio-based local communication systems available in most places. They are essential for receiving weather forecasts and warnings of local problems.
20. You don’t have to be a social recluse
Escaping from the hustle and bustle of city living need not necessarily mean cutting off all your social ties. We can maintain our connections to friends and family over the Internet and social media and on occasional visits to town. You will have unique stories and experiences to share; they might even inspire the city folks to come out and visit your place and have a taste of the rustic life.
21. Education can happen outside classrooms
Children’s education is another issue that can trouble wannabe off-gridders. Homeschooling can take care of young children’s needs. Older ones can teach themselves through online classes. The practical knowledge they gain from working the land, growing food, rearing animals, making useful things with their hands, handling communication equipment and alternate fuels is something they will never gain from a classroom. Remember that self-reliance is the most important lesson you can teach your children.
Off grid living may not be for everyone, but unless you try, you will never know whether it works out for you or not. Don’t be afraid to take the leap. You will always wonder what it could have been like if you don’t at least try. Set a goal for living off grid for at least one year and do a total assessment after this time. You may be pleasantly surprised at how easy a simple, yet fruitful and fulfilling life can actually be.