Going Rogue with an Off Grid Tiny House
It’s difficult to get an accurate number of people in the United States who are living off the grid, but in 2006, Home Power magazine estimated that more than 180,000 homes were supplying their own power with significant growth each year. An additional 27,000 homes were using solar and wind energy to offset their grid-connected life as well.
Introduction to Off Grid Living
The term “off the grid” is defined as not requiring public utilities such as electricity, water, sewer, natural gas, heat and other services. It also often entails living a minimalist lifestyle, reducing waste, and spending only on absolute necessities. To truly live off the grid you must get your electricity from renewable sources like wind, solar or geothermal.
The two main reasons people have noted for transitioning to an off the grid lifestyle are: financial, because of the money you can save on utilities, and also environmental, to lessen the impact their lives have on the environment. For example, the average American household uses over 8,900 kilowatt-hours of electricity and somewhere around 144,000 gallons of water each and every year. This number will be decreased when moving off-the-grid and the energy and water used will also be sourced on-site, limiting the overall environmental effects as well.
To prepare yourself to live off the grid, we highly suggest you take classes and read books about farming, homesteading, and other skills you’ll need to achieve this dream. We also suggest keeping an eye out for real estate or an off the grid community that suits your purposes, and think about the kind of home and lifestyle you want before making this big decision.
Buying an Off Grid Tiny House
After deciding to make the leap to off grid living, you’ll need to do a fair amount of research to determine where you’ll be living off the land! Due to zoning issues and increased laws making off-grid living more difficult, most people look to rural areas or at least semi-rural areas for land. When searching for a location, here are a few things to consider:
- How far are you from emergency services if there is an emergency?
- What are the potential dangers of the land?
- What are the zoning issues and building laws in the area?
- Are there enough resources available in the area, especially water?
Once you’ve chosen a region to live in, reach out to a real estate agent or search for off grid communities. Then comes the most exciting part, finding the perfect tiny home builders!
Daily Life with Off Grid Homes and Cabins
As you can imagine, your daily life living off the grid might be quite different than you’re used to. You will need to consider your daily chores taking longer than usual or routine checks on your electricity and water supply. Though living off the grid might not make your life easier, it certainly will save you money and give you the satisfaction of sustainable and independent living.
Start Your Own Off the Grid Tiny Home
To get started with your off the grid adventure, reach out to people who are currently living off the grid, and read as many resources as you can including online blogs. When you’re ready to start designing and building your off the grid tiny home, fill out a free consultation form here!