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5 Simple Steps to Making Your Off-Grid Living Dreams Your Lifestyle Reality

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Did you know in 2013, more than 1.7 billion people in the world lived off the grid?

While there is no recent data about how many are off grid-living in 2019, one thing is for sure. More than ever before, people are trying to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and enjoy a simpler lifestyle.

If you spend your days dreaming about moving to a remote location and living self sufficiently, you’ve come to the right place. Read on for the 5 steps needed for off-grid living.

Are you ready? Let’s make your dream a reality.

1. Look Before You Leap

Before you buy a tiny house somewhere on impulse, make sure to do your homework. Moving off the grid is a dramatic change from your current lifestyle.

To prepare yourself for living off the grid read some books and take some classes about sustaining a minimalist lifestyle. Better yet, do a trial run. For example, rent a cabin in the woods to see if you enjoy the experience.

2. Home Sweet Home

Moving off the grid gives you a variety of options. It all depends on your resources and personal styles. For example:

  • Mobile Home or Trailer (for those who want to travel)
  • DIY home (for those who have the skills and love a challenge)
  • Prefabricated models and tiny houses (for those who want to move in with it all set up)

If you’re looking for permanent lodgings, hit the road to find some of the best places for off-grid living. Living off-grid doesn’t mean you have to be hundreds of miles from civilization. The distance depends on your personal preference.

3. Become Self-Sufficient

Moving off the grid is all about cutting yourself off from connections to sewer systems, water lines, and electric. This means you have to create your own system at home.

For instance, a solar power system or wind turbines to generate electricity. Even if you have an amazing system in place, always have a backup generator. Get in touch with generator synchronization experts for more information.

You may also choose to drill a well for water and install a septic tank for sewage. On top of these basics, growing a garden and gathering food for your environment is another great way to live self-sufficiently.

4. Change Your Life Today

Changing your lifestyle is something you can start doing even before you move off the grid. For example, try to reduce waste by:

  • taking shorter showers
  • unplugging electronics and turning off lights
  • eating leftovers
  • starting a compost pile
  • learning to upcycle things you would normally throw out

And try to reduce expensive habits. Such as buying alcohol, or cigarettes.

5. Find Like-Minded Off-Gridders

Lucky for you, moving off the grid doesn’t mean you’re alone. There are 1.7 billion other people living self-sufficiently, after all. Some even have communities you can join.

Join a community of like-minded people who can give you all the tips and tricks you need to unplug from society. Just be sure to choose a community that shares your values. As they vary in the amenities they allow.

Off-Grid Living—Are You Ready to Make the Jump?

If the daily grind has got you down, living off the grid is more than just a possibility. It can be a reality! All you have to do is follow these 5 steps and you’ll be ready to make the jump into off-grid living.

For more lifestyle tips and hacks for your home, on or off-grid, check out the “Home Decor” section of this blog.

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