Rebooting Off-Grid

As the planet becomes more unstable, many people dream of a quiet, simple life in the country. Natural disasters are on the rise, including hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and volcano eruptions. A large EMP attack or strong solar storm would destroy the electric grid. Bringing back the grid could take 3-5 years

Maybe living off-grid in the country is your dream, too. We have searched the Internet for the best videos on relocating off-grid to get some of our questions answered.

  • How do I choose the land?

  • What if I don't have much money? 

  • How do I avoid the big mistakes? 

  • Where do I begin?

  • What should I consider ahead of time?

We found some videos that helped us and put them on this page. Hope this helps you, too!

One Way Poor People Can Buy Land with No Money

A video by Becky's Homestead
Summary: 

What if you want a homestead for you and your family, but you have bad credit or very little money? 

  • Buy some actual newspapers, made of paper, from the area where you want to live and also from the surrounding counties.

  • Look for land that is For Sale By Owner.

  • Go small (2-3 acres), you will save money on taxes & maintenance expenses.

One Way Poor People Can Buy Land With No Money

Ten Things We Wish We'd Known Before We Went Off Grid

A video by Fouch-o-matic Off Grid

Summary

  • Solar power is easier than you think: All the solar components seem confusing but there is a lot available out there to help. You're not going to get it horribly wrong. 

  • Plants can't grow where there's no soil: The first step is to build up fertile soil, then you can grow plants. Bring in organic matter, use a chicken tractor, do sheet mulching before you plant. 

  • Water runs downhill: Carrying water is the worst, the literal worst, especially in the winter. Create plumbing as soon as possible. Gravity fed water systems are easier than you think. 

  • Batteries run out: LED lights are very efficient because they require less electricity.

10 Things We Wish We'd Known Before We Went Off Grid

​City to Country - Top 10 Homesteading Tips

A video by Appalachia's Homestead with Patara

Summary

  • What are your goals? 
    Do you want to homestead because you want to grow your own food? Get out of the city? Go back to your roots? Gain more skills? 

  • Are you going to have an outside job?
    Having a job ties you to the outside world. Do you have to go to a doctor a lot? Does your child have school or activities they need to go to?

  • When looking at locations, look at safety first. 
    Who are your neighbors? Go to predator sites & get and idea of who lives there. 

City to Country - Top 10 Homesteading Tips

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