Why Low-Budget Off-Grid

I’ve been really interested in the off-grid movement for years.  I’ve been unhappy with the rising cost of living.  The utility bills, rent, and food costs I’ve been paying have been steadily increasing, and the only reason I can see for it is greed.  When I started seeing things in my social media feeds about off-grid living, I was intrigued.

I started getting interested in the tiny house movement.  Living small with only the important possessions, and caring more about the actual life I live, was an idea that appealed greatly to me.  This led to learning about the Earthship movement, cob building, straw bale construction, and more.

There are a lot of different ways to live off-grid.  And there are many different blogs that will tell you exactly how to start.  They’ll tell you about how to buy land, and they’ll tell you how to set up your solar and wind installation.  They’ll explain how to build a great portable or self-sustaining home.

What they don’t tell you is that those options, for the most part, are for people who have managed to put away a savings fund, or have sold their house to fund their self-sustaining future.  The options they present range in the tens of thousands, to the hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Those options are great for people who have that, but what about the rest of us?

Low-Budget Off-Grid is designed to help people like me.  It’s designed to help someone who has little to no savings, or that can’t get a loan or mortgage.  It’s designed for those that are struggling with the high costs of basic survival.

We’re going to show you how to build a home at low cost, heat it and power it at low cost, and how to eat food you grow yourself, at low cost.  This isn’t to say that it won’t take effort, and a lot of hard work, but that’s the way things work in the world.  You can choose to pay a lot of money, and make it easy, or you can do things at low cost, with a lot of labor.  This is also not a website that will say that things will be free. It’s possible you can source a lot of material for free, but it can’t be guaranteed.

We’ll show you things in different cost levels to help a number of people.  For some, building a tiny house for $10,000 is worth it, and is certainly a low cost to some.  For others, spending $250 on a house that will keep you warm in the winter is stretching a budget.  I’ll also show you my own journey in low-budget off-gridding over the next few years.

Read on, and we can show the world how it can be done.

2 thoughts on “Why Low-Budget Off-Grid

  1. Hi – out of curiosity, if you are living off the grid as you put it- may I ask you if it’s really considered so if and when you keep and continue to use technology to which you have “hooked up” to your home. Or such electronic devices that keep you more connected and “on the grid” so to speak. It’s not as much of living off the grid then I guess . How does that work? Can you still get and pay for such services?

    • Hey there Ronald. There are many different ideas as to what “living off the grid” actually means. For some, it means going off into the woods, not using electricity, and living entirely off what you can hunt and trap. Other people go off-grid and use solar and wind technologies, and have all the modern comforts of home, just without having to pay monthly bills for utilities.

      For the most part, I will be entirely off-grid with my utilities in the future. I will generate my own electricity with solar and wind, heat my home using the sun, capture rainwater and treat the waste myself, and even grow a large amount of my own food. But, I will always have internet access. Going off-grid doesn’t mean cutting yourself off from the world. It means being aware of the impact that your life has on the world around you, and minimizing the physical impact, while trying to have a positive impact on society. Whether you believe that the world is going to hell and you need to prep for that, or you just believe that humanity is having a detrimental effect on the world and want to minimize your impact, you can go off-grid and still want to keep connected to the information about the world so you can keep community with like-minded people, and know what’s actually happening in the world.

      Thanks for the question =)

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