Living off the grid, or without the burden of utilities like WiFi and electricity is a lifestyle option that many Tiny Homers (like myself) can more easily transition to once you’ve embraced the tiny home lifestyle.
While living off the grid living doesn’t simply involve the use of solar panels, there are some other essential steps one can take (some more drastic than others) to further your grid-less experience…
The first thing you need to have is a shelter. Some can live in tents, however, that may not be strong enough to face various weather conditions. There are many shelter options, especially for tiny homes. Depending on the location of your home, you have to make adjustments to make sure that it is strong enough for the environment it is in. The weather isn’t the only thing you are protecting yourself from. You also need to consider the wildlife present in the environment of your home.
Having a source of potable water is essential to off the grid living. It is one of the first things that you should look for if you are planning to embrace the off the grid living lifestyle. Water can be sourced from rainwater collection systems, wells, or other natural water sources. Just make sure to treat the water to make it safe for cooking or consumption.
Whenever we say off the grid living, having your own source of power is the most common thing that comes to mind. The power or fuel will also include what you will use to cook food and add heat to your home. Electricity can be harnessed from various sources like solar panels, wind turbines, micro-hydro systems, and biodiesel generators.
Most of those who live off the grid are also able to provide themselves with food from their surroundings. You can live from the game and from the plants that surround your home. You can also choose to cultivate a vegetable garden and plant various crops. Once in season, you may preserve them to enjoy them for the rest of the year. You can also have chickens for a source of protein or you can go fishing and hunting too.
Proper disposal of waste is essential to healthy living. Failure to do so can lead to various diseases. You also have to remember that there are regulations when it comes to waste disposal even when your location is remote. The toilets should not contaminate natural water sources like rivers and streams. Similarly, garbage produced by the house should be properly disposed of, Some burn them while there are other household wastes that can be turned into compost.