Wild Survival: Learning How To Live Off the Grid

off-grid home living in desert using solar panels

According to a study, 12% of Americans are expected to live off the grid by 2035.

Living off the grid means you're self-sufficient and free from societal constraints. But how do you make the transition?

Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here's everything you need to know. 

What Does Living Off the Grid Mean?

The term "living off the grid" means you're not connected to sewer, water, and electrical lines. Off-grid living also means you uphold a minimalist lifestyle where you reduce waste and only spend on necessities.  

If being autonomous excites you, then going off the grid will be a transformative journey.

Finding Shelter

Staying safe from the elements is a top priority while living off the grid. You can either find an existing home in a rural community by checking listings online or asking a realtor.

You can also find land in the perfect setting and build your home from scratch. Contact a housing contractor who has experience with building off the grid homes and share your preferences so your dream becomes a reality. 

Sourcing Water

Not sure how to go off the grid?

There are numerous ways to access water when you're off the grid. For instance, The Tank Factory produces high-quality rainwater tanks so you can conserve surplus rainwater. 

You could also drill a well or install a greywater system so you have water for dishwashing, sinks, showers, and baths, that can be re-used.

Accessing Electricity

When you go off the grid, it’s important to decide how to generate electricity. Discuss the possibility of solar panels with an installation company to see if it’s the best option.

You should also consider a backup system when it’s cloudy or raining. If you’re near water, get a micro hydropower turbine installed as a backup system or a wind turbine.  

To help you conserve electricity, you can also use LED bulbs and turn off appliances when you’re not using them.

Installing a Sewage System

Now you’re self-sufficient, you must install a sewage system. A septic tank is a great choice as it collects sewage which you can empty with a vacuum tank.

You can also consider a field bed, outhouse, or use a composting toilet.

Getting Food

Once you’ve moved away from supermarkets, you must get food hunter-gatherer style. The most obvious way is growing a garden with basics like potatoes, lettuce, and beans.
 
Also, survey the area for berry and fruit trees in the summer as they’ll be ready-to-eat. Hunting and fishing are also an option when you’re off the grid, and a brilliant way to get protein.  

That's How to Live Off the Grid

It's easier to live off the grid than you think.

Find adequate shelter where you’ll be comfortable and figure out the most viable option for accessing electricity, water, and sewage system.

Living off the grid is about embracing the minimalist lifestyle so you can live simply and become more attuned to your surroundings. Good luck!

Did you find this article helpful? If so, check out our articles on everything from Health to Travel.

 

Share this article!

Follow us!

Find more helpful articles: