How much of living "off the grid" are you already doing?

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  1. crmeche2

    crmeche2 New Member
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    I know for myself, I've been trying to think of ways in which I can increase my self-sufficiency now, so that I can retrain the way I think about things.
     
  2. Keith H.

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    We are totally off grid & off all services & have been for about 40 years or so. We grow all our own food.
    Keith.
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  3. John Snort

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    Not much.

    But I have plans to go off the grid within three years. I've lived off the grid for a number of years in the past so I'm sure this transition won't be that hard. At the present though circumstances can't permit me to live off the grid.
     
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  4. lonewolf

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    not as much as i'd like to.
     
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  5. Moroccanbeauty2266

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    I would like to live off the grid but with my three little children it is kind of risky at the moment.
    The only thing that I am trying to do these days is to not spend much money as I used to and I think that is good.

    However, it would make sense to get mentally prepared first, teach my kids what is necessary, then to build a
    small house close to the woods somewhere. Building one would be a great project for my husband!

    We have to be patient until we can actually take that step.
     
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  6. Tom Williams

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    100%
     
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  7. Keith H.

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    Moving to off grid is a little like making the decision to have children, sometimes there just is not a right time, & you just have to do it. Our three boys were born off grid & did not move to the city till their teens. Two of my sons have since moved back off grid.
    Keith.
     
  8. Tom Williams

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    My kids did homework by oil lamp its all they knew then we got coleman lanterns witch worked better now 35 years later we have solar and wind power after watching a few youtube things we are going to make a water wheel to add into our grid life off grid is not hard once you get set up we are never without power
     
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  9. kamar19

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    Not much for me outside of studying on the subject of off-grid living. I also sleep in my tent in my backyard at lest once a month, I wouldn't call sleeping in my backyard true off-grid living buts it's a start.
     
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  10. Tina Thompson

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    Not as far as I'd like to be but I'm on my way to the country by the end of this month hopefully, that'll about put the finishing touches on at least being off the grid. When I get moved, I am immediately going to start stocking up on supplies. I'm making sure that I am prepared for anything. Doing research and making copies on some things that I want. When things get bad, there's not going to be internet, need to keep that in mind. I feel like I'm going back to when our world wasn't "civilized" (sarcasm), and I am excited about it. I don't think I'll have a hard time adjusting.
     
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  11. Neiltarquin

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    I guess about 80% because my work requires a car, internet and a computer. If I no longer require to use those things, maybe I can do 95%. I will still need my internet to earn some cash.
     
  12. PriscillaKing

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    No electric power at home between April-December 2016...wasn't bad but I would've been cold if we'd had freezing cold days like last winter's. In mild weather I missed the computer more than anything else.
     
  13. Keith H.

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    I think any experience/practice you can get of the outdoors is a plus. There is a lot to learn. Well done.
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  14. Keith H.

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    Off Grid means off the mains power supply, it does not mean no electricity. We are totally off grid & off all government services, but we still have solar power & the internet.
    Keith.
     
  15. Keith H.

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    Keep us posted on that please Tina, let us know how you go.
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  16. lonewolf

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    it depends on how much one can or wants to live without electricity, I don't think many could.
    I lived for 12 years without electric of any kind, mains or off grid. and was very happy doing so.
    we have a friend in Somerset who has 1 small solar panel, 1 very small domestic wind turbine and a mini water wheel on the local stream, that gives her about 2 hours electric per day, enough for lights and her computer, that is all, but that is all she wants.
     
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  17. kevy39

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    Country side living for me. Nice little house with no neighbours. 20 acres of land, river that runs through the bottom section of land. I’m still using technology and for the moment I’m on the grid. This will change over the years

    @lonewolf just read your post above. I was wondering why you changed from of grid with no electricity to on the grid? If you don’t mind the question. As am doing the opposite a would like to know please
     
  18. lonewolf

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    because I didn't own the land and there was a change of ownership, I had to move on(off).
    if i'd owned it i'd still be there now!!!
     
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    Fair mate. I only asked as I was interested and it may have been because living of grid was not for you. It’s unfortunate you was moved off.
     
  20. lonewolf

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    living off the grid was DEFINITELY for me, I loved every minute of it, I was in my own personal environment.
     
  21. kevy39

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    Get back to it then;) off grid is all new’is to me that will change over time though.
     
  22. lonewolf

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    you think i'm not trying to?? land is very expensive down here even for bad quality land.
     
  23. kevy39

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    A wouldn’t know what your doing with your life mate. And yes land is expensive
     
  24. lonewolf

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    I've been looking for some time and its expensive even for the scrappy little bits.
     
  25. SunshineH

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    so far I'm focusing more on skills and preparing for little things (like freezing rain again today, water issues last week, power outages).
    My first prep is to keep a clean house/clean sink/laundry done! Any challenge is easier to meet if I'm not tripping over things or lacking clean socks!
    I'm also learning to cook simpler food, and starting to build a food stash.
    Another focus is to get in the best shape & health I can so that I have to stamina to meet challenges as they pop up.

    As money, time and energy allow I'm going to upgrade my efforts! the dream is to be in my little cottage by the forest!
     
  26. Old Geezer

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    If you were raised by people who didn't have a grid off which to live, then prepping is not some big decision.

    People, this isn't radical.

    If you like electricity, get a generator.

    Water, get ceramic filter(s), plus activated charcoal filters.

    Put back canned goods that you always eat anyway. Putting back rice, noodles, and dried beans is no bother -- you can even put oxygen absorbers in sealed jars with such and extent their already long shelf life.

    Get a wood stove or cooking tools for your fireplace or grill that fits into your fireplace or get a camping grill or whatever.
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    Look at the microstoves overland hikers carry with them. And oh by the way, beans and cornbread will keep you alive.

    Got a bit of land, start a garden.

    No firearm, buy a handy rifle or pump shotgun. Go learn how to use it. Security system, get a dog, bark bark.

    Catching my drift?! This isn't rocket science. It is advanced camping. My grandparents lived without any electricity whatsoever. I've lit and maintained thousands of fires to keep the house warm enough to live inside. Your ancestors did. You can. Look at all of the outdoor living / camping stores there are today!

    Get busy. Things in this crazy world could go sideways at any time. Open a history book if you doubt me.
     
  27. lonewolf

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    many people will be caught out when the power grid goes down, I know many in my own country believe this will never happen, but it happens every time we get the first winter storms, a power line comes down somewhere, but one day the power grid will go down and it will stay down. its the weak link in our 3 core systems, banking/finance, communications, and power, if one of these core systems fails it will bring the other two down, maybe in weeks, maybe in days.
     
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