Is Living Off the Grid in Your Future?
The news is filled with predictions of an economic collapse, power grid failures, zombie apocalypse, wars, weather catastrophes and other devastation. Numerous people are selecting to live off the grid. Living off the grid equals no municipal services; however, property owners are still required to pay a property tax. People living off the grid exist with nature, trusting in God, skills, resourcefulness, adaptability and hard work for survival. There are five important factors to consider for living off the grid.
- What are the local laws governing off the grid living? Florida officials have made it illegal to disconnect from public utilities. Citizens of the state of Florida will need to move to another state to live on the grid.
- Locate and purchase remote, rural property. Land is needed for growing crops, planting orchards, raising chickens, cows and other farm animals. A lake, river or stream is needed for fishing. The property should contain a house or one will need to be built.
- Consider power source. Solar panels are an ideal choice. A solar tracker should be considered to follow the trajectory of the sun across the sky to increase the energy output of this type of system. Batteries should be installed for storing energy for power at night. The batteries will require some maintenance, such as adding distilled water. Most people find it necessary to diversify energy sources due to constantly changing weather conditions. Wind turbines are an excellent decision, but require a good deal of effort to install and maintain. For the best results, locate the wind turbine near a source of water or in an open area. Provide protection for the turbine from lightning strikes. A back-up generator should also be considered.
- Effort is required to provide the creature comforts. A non-catalytic wood stove is the best choice for a heat source. Keep a good supply of wood on hand for the winter months. A solar powered hot water heater is ideal. Water may be heated on the wood stove if necessary. A well will be necessary with a solar powered pump.
- Fruit and nut orchards should be planted to supply household food and foods for bartering with neighbors. A garden should be planted each spring. A root cellar and an electric freezer should be considered for storing food during the winter months. Non-vegans may wish to barter for cows, goats and chickens. A barn and chicken coup will be necessary to house the animals. The animals will require feeding.
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