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Living off the Grid: 3 Essential Things to Consider

Each person or family has a different reason for moving off the grid. Some people want to live in a remote location that doesn’t have access to public utilities and services. Others like the idea of being self-sufficient. There’s also a category of people living in urban suburbs who want to go off the grid to cut costs. No matter what reasons you have for embracing off-grid living, there’s a lot to learn to make this lifestyle possible without impacting your quality of life.

Here are three essential things about living off the grid to consider.

1.      Power Management

Living off the grid essentially means not being connected to the electrical grid. This option is realistic as long as you can generate electrical energy on your own. Solar energy is a popular, eco-friendly option. A solar-powered system attached to storage batteries can help you meet the needs of your household easily. A 48v battery is perfect for your off-grid home due to its capacity and short charge times.

It is essential to calculate how much energy you need. How much power should you generate and store? Do the math before investing in a power source to ensure you will get uninterrupted access to electricity.

2.      Access to Water

Living off the grid is impractical if you don’t have quick access to a water source. This aspect may limit your choice of location. In some regions, sustainable water sources are scarce, for example. Before choosing your location, check the area’s potential in terms of groundwater. The alternative is a freshwater source. However, groundwater is preferable to surface water because it is safe and clean. Moreover, it’s not affected by droughts as severely as surface water.

Once you find potential water sources, consider testing the water to determine its quality. If it’s not drinkable, you will need a water purification system.  You can also collect rainwater.

3.      Soil Fertility

Living off the grid allows you to grow your own food and thus have constant access to a supply of organic produce. If you plan to practice subsistence agriculture, you need access to land fertile enough to produce significant quantities of food. The type of soil and terrain will dictate what kind of vegetables or trees you can successfully grow.

An excellent way to assess soil fertility is to learn about the local plants, fruits, and herbs. However, you shouldn’t see the characteristics of the local soil as limitations. You can use natural fertilizers, install an irrigation system, and use other farming practices to boost soil fertility.

Final Words

Living off the grid will challenge your creativity, resilience, and problem-solving skills. With proper planning, you can live as comfortably off the grid as in any urban suburb that is dependent on the widely accessible public infrastructure.

Living off-grid will help you gain independence and transition to sustainability. Although it requires a few costly investments, this lifestyle is cost-effective in the long term. Most importantly, it forces you to make healthier and more eco-friendly life choices.

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