More and more Americans are choosing to live off the grid and many find the lifestyle very rewarding. Autonomy is one of the things that are most appealing to those choosing to live off grid since it allows them to live a self-sustaining life.
Living off the grid also means making your own contribution towards protecting the environment for future generations. I’m sure you have heard the global warming narrative and are familiar with how energy consumption is destroying the environment. However, despite the fulfilling nature of living off the grid, there are many challenges. Let’s examine some of the most common challenges involved when living off the grid.
Daily Chores will become Difficult
Living off the grid means that you may have to live without electricity. You should think of how you are going to do your laundry, cook your food, and perform other daily chores. It is likely that you were accustomed to the luxury that your washing machine and electric cooker afforded you. Even something like a flash flood could be disastrous if you don't have access to any electric equipment, and you may have to consider working with water damage restorers for even the smallest issues.
You will be forced to work a little harder to wash your clothes manually and will need to factor in the time needed to look for firewood to use for your cooking and heating needs. Alternatively, most people that make the daring move to go off the grid set up their own power generating systems. Solar and wind power installations are usually the most common. The only drawback with these systems is that they are dependent on the weather and you may have to deal with a lack of electricity from time to time, so be prepared.
You’ll Need Land Away from Cities
Living off the grid in large cities is more difficult than living off-grid in the outskirts surrounded by nature. When you’re close to nature, you may have a creek nearby to access water or you could simply drill a borehole to provide much needed clean water. You can also do some farming and raise animals for food.
In addition, you have ready access to firewood for cooking and heating up your house, especially during winter. Living in the city, your only option would be to have an alternative source of energy.
Living off the grid is often synonymous with living in isolation. You may not have the luxury of having your friends and family visiting you as often as you’d like. Loneliness can take a toll on you if you’re not used to it.
If you’re going to live off the grid, my best piece of advice would be to find a nice piece of land close to nature, but not too far from basic amenities. With a source of fresh water nearby, half of your basic needs will be met. And a forest will provide you with a ready source of firewood.
With time, you will get eventually get used to the autonomy of living off the grid.