Living off the grid is a dream of millions of people. No interruptions by telephone and away from the intrusions of technology and modern life — living as God intended, in fact. Knowledge of off grid living skills makes this dream a reality for many.
Well, living off the grid works for some people but for most of us, it’s not a practical choice. However, that’s not to say that we shouldn’t learn off-grid living skills. Those come in handy when the power goes out, when we’re camping or hunting, or for a worst case scenario.
June’s Skill of the Month will focus on a variety of off-grid living skills that anyone can learn and put to use. Coming up are articles about off-grid laundry, managing personal hygiene issues when there’s no power, storing charcoal long-term for off-grid cooking, and a lot more.
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Have an off-grid mindset along with off grid living skills
Blogger Tammy Trayer has been living off grid with her husband and son in the wilds of Idaho for the past few years. While building their cabin by hand, the three of them lived in a canvas tent for nearly a year. Tammy has emphasized the importance of having the type of mindset that makes off-grid living possible and her suggestions apply to anyone want to live this lifestyle or just wanting to be ready for a power outage.
I think everyone today is looking for some form of freedom! That freedom may be something different for each of us, but for my family it was embracing a 100% solar off-grid lifestyle in 2010 in the northern Idaho wilderness where we could make our own lifestyle as we chose and saw fit for our son and our family as a whole. We lived in an 8′ x 14′ canvas wall tent for 8 1/2 months while we built our home on raw untouched land with no utilities or running water.
Let me clear up some of the misconceptions of off-grid living. When I tell people that we live off-grid the first response I get from most people is “Oh I am so sorry!”. This always makes me chuckle because I am really sorry for them being tied to the grid and having that added expense of their electric bill.
Being off the grid does not mean that we are poor, without power or in anyway less equipped than those on the grid. What it does mean is that we have a freedom that you honestly can not put a price on!
Getting started with off-grid living skills
To begin adding these skills to your own skillset, begin to keep track of all the ways you use electricity throughout the day and ask, “How could I accomplish this if there was no power? Is this something that really needs to be done?”
Truthfully, in a very long term power outage, there are a lot of things we would be forced to give up, such as hours in front of a computer, gaming system, or TV. Once the shock wore off, we would find other ways to occupy our time.
To get started, consider picking up off-grid skills:
- Build your own DIY solar oven, buy a Sun Oven or some other solar cooker.
- Cooking on a stovetop. Hone your skills for cooking on a propane stove or some other type of camp stove. If possible, learn how to cook over a campfire.
- Warm water outdoors in a solar shower and take showers outside!
- Research composting toilets. These are pretty amazing inventions and do not require either a city sewer system or a septic tank.
- Washing clothes using a bucket/plunger system, an off-grid washing machine, or a washboard. Try different methods for wringing them and then hanging them on a clothesline to dry.
- Build an off-grid air conditioner. This is a fun project that really works in all but the hottest temperatures.
- Learn how to use just the sun to dehydrate food.
- Try building a Zeer pot to keep food and drinks cool.
Resources here on The Survival Mom blog
Over the years, I’ve written a number of articles about off-grid living skills and others have contributed articles as well. Here’s a quick round-up to help you get going!
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