First things First

Before jumping into an off grid living situation, there are some basics you’re going to have to learn to live with.

  1. Energy is NOT free.
    1. People have a hard time realizing that the freedom and free are not the same thing.  Most energy systems are fairly expensive by the time they are finished, and most will have some upkeep.
    2. You can make your own energy, however for most places only using renewables is a lot more difficult and expensive then you would imagine.
  2. The first step to off grid living is learning to conserve.
    1. Not just electricity, but all resources must be conserved.
    2. Waste not, want not really applies.  When you run out of water, or battery or heating fuel, you’ll really wish you had it.
  3. Being totally off grid is a lot harder than you would guess.
    1. While it may seem idyllic, living off grid is a lot of work, many times in the worst weather.
    2. Because a lot of people want to go the DIY route, they have to learn to be a repairman, designer, techsupport, grunt laborer, etc.
  4. Finding your own path.
    1. Don’t let anyone tell you that you have to do this or that to be an off gridder.  Particularly when they use the Internet.  Use of the Internet technically means you’re on a grid.  Just saying.
    2. While you may get some great ideas from this, or other websites, don’t assume that what you have read is the only way.  For most of us in the off grid community, we have had to tweak things for our individual needs or legal requirements.
    3. Depending on local laws, zoning, home owners associations, districts, etc.  You may not be able to do exactly what you want with your land.  It pays to check everything out before you purchase