As global conditions change, more and more people are considering living off-the-grid to assert their autonomy and potentially control the impact of outside forces on their lives.
For the environmentally conscious, the idea is also appealing since it can significantly curb energy use by switching to more renewable sources.
Regardless of what your intention is, if you’re reading this article, you need to know a few things to make sure that the whole process goes smoothly, when you finally get started on it.
Knowing these basics will also help facilitate better decision-making and ensure the best possible results from the experience.
Understand the Concept.
The first thing that you need in order to be efficient in living off-the-grid for survival is a complete understanding of the concept.
Living off-the-grid is not a simple act of defiance of the norm to carve out your own path; it is also not an extreme version of going camping.
And it is more than just switching to renewable sources of energy.
You will be cut off from municipal power, sewage, waste treatment, and other convenient channels that make life comfortable.
In addition, you will eventually need to set up your own power source, as well as your own water source.
Food? You will be growing it.
And waste? You will need to dispose of it in your own way.
Find the Ideal Location.
You can’t live off-the-grid and expect to still stay in a city.
There are several factors that are necessary to picking the ideal location, such as access to:
- Accessible renewable power sources (solar or wind)
- Water source (ex: well)
- Waste treatment (ex: septic tank)
Weather conditions should also account into your choice of location.
Exposure to the elements must be factored into deciding the availability and access to the essential amenities that you need.
Refine Your Work Ethic.
Another requirement to functionally living off-the-grid is dedication to how hard you will need to work.
There are no shortcuts here.
You will need to take up the full weight of maintaining your own garden, producing or hunting for food, keeping a fire, or ensuring easy access to winter supplies.
These are probably things that you don’t have to do right now, so when you decide to live off-the-grid, you will need to step up in a major way.
Accept the Financial Demands.
It is also crucial to remember that anything that does not fall under traditional methods tends to be expensive.
A survivalist lifestyle is among these things.
Living off-the-grid requires a capital outlay that may be significant, especially if you are building everything from the ground up.
Your budget will also depend on the type and design of the structures or amenities that you will be constructing.
For instance, you can install a few solar panels, or you can go all out and install something that can power your entire household comfortably.
Secure the Generator.
Just because you’re living off the grid does not mean you will need to completely forsake all of society’s conveniences - such as a generator.
Even if you have a great power source that is enough to handle all your needs, there will be cases where having backup power is not only ideal but required.
And if there are nights where you desire modern entertainment, your generator can take care of that. Get one or two.
Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labor.
Once all that is done, sit back and enjoy your new lifestyle.
You can take comfort in knowing that you had the courage that everyone else does not have and that you can provide for yourself and your family in the truest sense of the word.
Kick back your heels and read a book, spend some time in your garden growing your own produce, and bond with your family.
Keep an emergency kit handy.
Make sure that you keep a kit for all types of emergencies.
As a prepper, it is best to be one step ahead of any potential disaster and equip oneself with what one needs to ensure safety and survival.
If you don’t have one yet, build one now.
Stay updated with current events.
It is very important to stay in the loop even when living off the grid.
There are things that you’ll need to be aware of so that you can accordingly prepare for optimal protection, such as natural disasters.
Keep a radio or communication device handy for information.