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10 Reasons to Live Off-Grid

The security of self-sufficiency and the freedom that comes

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from being a producer rather than just a consumer is what our family is working toward. We have found it on so many levels here on our suburban homestead and look forward to increasing that as we eventually transition to our off-grid homestead.

We have started taking steps in the direction of an off-grid lifestyle by heating our house with wood and growing and preserving a lot of our own food.

On the coldest night of this winter, our county lost power, thankfully only for a few hours. There were stories of families huddled together to keep warm as the temperature plummeted outside.

It took as much as a full day to heat their house back up to a comfortable temperature. We have been heating with wood so we stayed cozy and warm. The only worry we had, was for the neighbors.

As we work toward our off-grid dreams we have put pen to paper and compiled our top ten reasons for wanting to live off-grid.

1. Freedom from utility bills

Likely the first advantage that comes to mind when considering an off-grid lifestyle is eliminating utility expenses. Exploring alternatives for power, water, and sewer is a great way to reduce the cost of living.

2. Good stewards of the Earth’s resources

When we are responsible for our own resources we are more aware of where they come from and how much we are using. Eyes-wide-open awareness is the most effective way to bring true change in any area of life.

3. Security

When tied to the grid we are tied to more than just the electric company. There are so many variables that could cause us to be without power. We want to eliminate that risk as much as possible. Not just by creating our own electricity but learning to live without it too.

4. Freedom to choose your lifestyle

Living off grid gives you options. Maybe you want to live in a yurt with no amenities. How about an RV? A tiny house? You might want a big house with every convenience but on a property that is too far from the electric grid. These are all possibilities off grid.

5. Location, location, location

Being free from the electric grid means that you can position your house in the best or most beautiful place on your land no matter how far it is from the electric lines.

6. Living as producers instead of consumers

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Our family has really enjoyed our garden and livestock so much! Learning how to grow, harvest and preserve our food feels incredible. We are looking to expand that into so many other aspects of our off-grid life.

7. Environmentally responsible

Learning how to use much less electricity, recycling gray water and having a composting toilet are great ways to reduce your carbon footprint and make off-grid living work.

8. Learn new skills

I am excited to learn more about solar, harvesting water, building from the ground up and living more in touch with our land.

9. The sense of accomplishment

This might be the thing we are most excited about, building our homestead from the ground up. To be able to really express who we are in every aspect of our lives then look back and see all that we have learned and accomplished.

10. Encourages a life unplugged

Living off-grid is a chosen departure from everyday modern life in some form or another. That departure causes change, even if it is as simple as hanging the laundry to dry instead of throwing it in the dryer. Many off-grid tasks connect us to nature and life outside of a screen. We plan on embracing that with open arms.

Going off grid is not the wonder-drug that will solve all of your troubles. There are many choices that can be made, no matter where you live, to reduce your carbon footprint. For our family, it is the combination of all of these reasons that inspire and compels us to work toward our dreams of building our off grid homestead.

Your Turn!

  • What does off-grid living mean to you?
  • What reasons for living off-grid would you add to this list.

Tiny House Chat: Tiny Businesses For Tiny Houses

Untitled-1dMacy and I are back at it again.  We will be starting back up the Tiny House Chat. Join us September 2nd at 8pm EST (5pm West Coast) for Tiny House Chat.  For those of you who are new, Tiny House Chat is a basically like a online get togeather where we have a topic, a guest speaker and then we talk about whatever else comes up.  It’s always a

This month we will have Kacie Erickson back on to talk about tiny businesses and tiny houses, how to set up your own micro business to free yourself from the rat race and start to maximize your life’s potential! We will talk about how to go about setting up and running your own business, limitations and benefits of doing that in a tiny house. Kacie is the perfect guest because that is exactly what her business is AND she’s building a tiny house! Check out her background over at www.ikilledthejoneses.com and her tiny house at www.treadingtiny.com.

Macy and I will also be talking about our own adventures and why we feel they fit perfectly into our tiny lifestyle. The more people who are a part of this conversation the better off we will all be, log in and join us with your ideas, questions and concerns, lets hash some info out together!

This chat will be:

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

8pm-9pm Eastern Time (5pm-6pm West Coast)

www.anymeeting.com/tinyhousechat1

You can RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1412818222264074/
Mark your calendar!

Tiny House Chat is a space for Tiny House enthusiasts to come together and share ideas and stories. The concept of this is to be for the Tiny House community and facilitated by the community. We hope that this platform will achieve the following:

  • Develop lasting connections among the Tiny House community.
  • Strengthen and expand the community.
  • Foster the sharing of ideas.
  • Provide a resource for the various stages of a tiny house, from the ideas stage to the ‘is-this-working-right’ stage.
  • Have a lot of fun and get to know each other better!!
  • Anyone who is interested will be able to log in and chat via text!

Get Rid Of Your Crap

I started watching this video today and was floored by not only how good it was, not only how true it was, but also how much it just resonated with me.  I think every tiny house person should watch this and even non tiny house people.

The quotes that stood out for me is “if you don’t answer this question [what does freedom mean to me] there is a corporation, company or product that is happy to answer it for you”

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This Is Water

Yesterday I found this video from a friend and fellow tiny houser that I thought was worth sharing.  The video talks about a whole slew of things, some I agree with, some I don’t, but it makes some really good points.  I like its commentary on how we have a decision to make on how we  perceive the world, how we make our way through our life is our choice.  He also made a really good point about how education isn’t just about knowledge, how it is about the ability to consider things around us that might often not be considered, but can have dramatic implications on our lives.

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It’s A Great Big World Out There

Today I found these awesome websites that talk about issues that concern Tiny Living.  While they are not Tiny House related, there are huge overlaps and great resources.

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The first is technomadia.com which is a website of a couple who lives in a camping trailer and travels all around the United States.  They work online, get their power from the sun, and live a nomadic lifestyle and many other interesting solutions to issues that we face as Tiny Home dwellers.  I have linked (above) to a great article about the common excuses they encounter when people want to adopt a similar lifestyle, its great!

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The second  is called Location Independent.  It’s a great website that talks about how where you work should mean where you live.  I really like this idea and hope to transition to this workstyle once things calm down with the economy.  The great thing about the world we live in is that there are amazing places to see and amazing tools to let us work and play from those places.  One example would be Skype or vonage.  Both these services allow us talk with people anywhere like we were down the street!  I have a friend who have Vonage phone number which is a Charlotte NC phone number (704.xxx.xxxx) when you call him its crystal clear (better than what I get on my cell) but he is in Cape Verde AFRICA!   Its amazing world out there, don’t let roadblocks stop your from venturing forth!

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