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Living Off the Grid: Sustainable Gardening

When it comes to living off-grid, many choose to take the route of truly living “with” the land. This may include planting and maintaining your own garden. Because this could become a novel of information we would like to hit a few key points and ideas and link you to another blog that breaks down every aspect of how to design build and maintain a true sustainable garden.

A few things to consider when designing a sustainable garden is to consider your surroundings. Choose plants that will help support local wildlife and try to stay away from harsh chemicals and fertilizers that put harmful additives into the soil. The best solution is to combine natural ingredients to create a healthy and lively outdoor living space. There are many types of sustainable gardens to create around your home; you can build a garden to produce healthy fruits and vegetable or a garden that is just for looks. Either way if you follow the practices of sustainable gardening you can build a healthy outdoor space for you and your family and friends to enjoy.

A great way to cut down on waste and save money is to create your own compost pile. Many places sell containers to hold your mulch until it is ready to use. By using a compost pile you can add things to it like leaves that you raked for the yard and any leftover fruits, vegetable and natural foods, thus saving space in the garbage and reducing your waste. This also saves you money because you do not have to purchase compost. Along with tossing leftover foods and yard clippings into your compost bin, there are directions to assisting in the breakdown of you compost with water and heat to make it suitable to mix into your garden.

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Living Off The Grid- Appliances

When it comes to choosing appliances for your off-grid home there are several things to consider. One is your location. If you are completely reliant on natural resources, choosing appliances is a larger decision than those that live off-grid within city limits. When you live on an off-grid solar power system you have to select appliances based on the kilowatts your system can take on. Now a days we hear about “energy star” appliances. These are appliances that draw a low amount of energy which is a match made in heaven for off-grid homesteads.

Gas appliances are a great way to save on the draw from your solar power, but not every place allows easy access for gas trucks to deliver propane. Many solar friendly appliances and green appliances are not friendly to off-grid living. Instant hot water heaters though great, can become easily clogged when fed by well water. If this is something you desire be sure to install a heavy-duty filtration system. Solar hot water is a great way to take some of the workload off of your traditional water heater. With so many options to choose from we recommend doing research before you buy.

Running your entire home off the sun’s natural energy can give you a great feeling of freedom. Freedom from power outages, freedom from flexing your use during the day and of course from giving your hard earned money away every month and not knowing what the bill will be. Yes, solar systems are a large expense up front, but they quickly pay for themselves all while giving you the freedom to live anywhere.

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Living Off the Grid- Building Materials

When it comes to the construction of your off-grid home, the materials you choose are up to you. There are several ways to go about choosing materials and it all comes down to how much you want to spend and in some cases how “green” you want to be. We say “green” because many people choose to live off grid in hope of diminishing their personal eco-footprint (their negative effect on the planet). Just like the story of the three little pigs some common material choices are wood, brick and yes even straw. You may be thinking how and why in the world would I want my home to be made of straw. It can’t be durable nor water tight….

Strawbale construction has become very popular in the green living and off-grid living world. No, you won’t have a grass hut. This means of construction involves bales of tightly bound straw that is stacked like brinks to form your walls. It can them be covered with stucco and no one is the wiser. Plus it’s a great means of insulation.

If straw is not for you than traditional wood or brick construction may be the way to go. This is where you can decode to take a green path. Wood that is untreated provides a healthy indoor environment for you and your family. When you take out the harsh chemical treatments that are applied to most woods, you take out the harmful off-gassing. Instead of … Read the rest of this entry »


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Living Off the Grid: A Guide To Self Sufficient Living

What does it mean to live “off-grid”? Living off-grid means that you are completely self sufficient and do not depend on resources like city sewer, power and water, you have to create your own resources.  In this series of Living Off the Grid we will talk about the many tips, tricks and know how for building a home and successfully living off grid.

There are many things to take into consideration if living off-grid sounds like a great idea to you. Like everything there are positives and negatives; and for some negatives aren’t so negative and positives aren’t that great. Having to find your own water source, installing a septic tank and either designing your home to utilize natural light and heat or incorporating solar panels aren’t the easiest nor most inexpensive feats.

If the following sounds like some of the things you would like to take on then off-grid living or a rural homestead may in fact be for you.

  • Gardening vs. buying produce at the store.
  • Living in a green, or sustainably built home.
  • Composting.
  • Producing energy via alternative methods.
  • Making your own bio-fuel.
  • Cutting out extras (four TVs for example).
  • Making homemade cleaners.
  • Collecting water via a rain barrel.
  • Raising your own food – i.e. chickens.

Living off-grid is a great opportunity to “live green”, and the perfect chance to live with your environment creating a healthy and happy place to be. Though living “green” may seem like a fad to most, it is in fact a great way to live and can be a necessity to those that live outsode of the city and it’s urban areas. You can choose to make your home of “green” materials  or incorporate green and regular building materials. You can make your homestead Passive solar or Active solar meaning you can either use natural sources for light, heat and ventilation or mechanical. Utilizing solar panels can be a large investment up front but they save you bundles down the road as they produce your lighting, heating, cooling and heat your water. Green living allows you to depend less on “the man” and more upon the earth.

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