Living Off the Grid: Important Considerations Before You Cut the Comforts of the Cord

It is very easy to become accustomed to life’s creature comforts, so if you take the bold step of deciding to have a change of lifestyle and want to have a go at living off the grid, it would be a good idea to know what you might be letting yourself in for.

Having some reliable survival skills would be a good starting point, and getting the lowdown on what is involved with off-grid living, would definitely prepare you beforehand, rather than find out the hard way.

The true meaning of living off the grid

It can be all too easy to make the assumption that living off the grid is mainly a case of relying on solar and wind energy sources, once you switch off main energy supply.

This is really only part of the equation, and you should be aware that in addition to generating your own power sources from natural sources in the future, you are also removing yourself from the normal access to water, sewage and even trash services, that are normally at your disposal.

The true meaning of what is involved when you are living off the grid, is to find a way to cope without access to the usual services, and to even find a way of creating your own food and, water, as well as your power.

Savings can often come later

Another popular misconception is that you will receive an immediate financial benefit as soon as you put your plan into action and start to love off the grid.

In the majority of cases, living off the grid will definitely save you money in the long run and it could turn out to be a decision that you reap the rewards from, both financially and spiritually, but there is work to be done and costs to incur before you get to that point.

It can actually work out to be quite expensive when you first start to live off the grid, as you will be purchasing equipment that is necessary in order to pursue your dream, such as solar panels, wind turbines, and other such vital equipment and components.

You should therefore be prepared to financially support your decision in the first place, on the understanding that if you lay the groundwork for this lifestyle, the savings will come a little way down the road.

Ready for the journey

It will help to be emotionally and physically prepared for your off-grid journey ahead, as well as being financially ready for the challenge.

For example, it is often the case that what you consider might be a temporary measure, might often work out to longer than you first thought. You may have to display a degree of patience as well as resourcefulness.

If you can cope with batteries running out, maintaining a regular supply of firewood and the work that goes into that, and carrying water daily, then you may well have the attributes for off the grid living.

At least you know what you may be letting yourself in for.

By Conrad Novak. “I’m a proud father of two great children. My journey to being better prepared began when Hurricane Katrina hit and when I lost my job due to the 2008 economic crisis. That made me realize that in a short time everything can change for the worst. This experience pushed me into a new mindset, preparing me to expect the unexpected in life and to remain ever vigilant. All these hard events gave me the motivation to go through several courses, soaking in a number of books and put the knowledge into practice in order to improve my skills regarding survival and preparedness”

 

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