There is a lot of talk about living off the grid, becoming more self-sustainable.  The reasons vary from escaping the everyday rat race of life to simply understanding better what we are exposed to and expose our children to, desiring to reduce your living expenses and enjoying your lives more. Whether you choose to live off the grid, or on the grid there are a few things you want to consider to make sure your home living expenses and daily management of time proves to be fruitful and allows you the lifestyle you choose to live.

Things to consider when building a home off the grid:

  • Decide how extreme, or off the grid you want to live.  You may want to research and inquire with people who have made this transition.
  • Will you use solar or wind power, or possibly a generator to generate electricity?
  • If you are installing a well, how far you have to drill will determine the cost.  You may ask yourself what all is involved with testing drinking water to protect you and your family from water borne illness.
  • Will you have a septic system or use a grey water system to process your waste?
  • What about cooking and comfort heat?  Will you use a propane or natural gas system or will you depend on wood burning stoves?

If you are living in a southern region, where there may be more moisture, do you have a plan to avoid or reduce the potential growth of mold and mildew?

If you are making the choice to be more self-sustainable through food as well, you want to also make sure you understand how to create the proper garden space.  If you garden, how will you water your garden– maybe consider rain barrels and grey water systems for irrigation.  Other garden considerations are compost piles and determining if you will use pesticides or attempt organic gardening.

A few questions to consider when building a home on the grid:

  • Does the size and style of your home fit your budget?
  • Are your windows, doors and appliances energy efficient?
  • Does your lot provide the space you need to garden?
  • Will you have a septic system or connect to city water and sewer?
  • Are you working with a reputable builder?

There are pros and cons to both types of living and ultimately your lifestyle will help determine which way you choose to live.  Understanding the budgets of both types of living as well as maintenance can help your environment be as comfortable as you desire.

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