If you have decided to build a small home or yurt off the grid in a remote area and live there full time, you are one of many people who are choosing this less conventional lifestyle. There are so many great places to build that are far from civilization, with some being easier to get to than others.
Whether you plan to build yourself or hire someone to do it, and no matter what your budget is, there are options! Of course, there will be some challenges along the way as you head into uncharted territory and you might have a lot of questions that not everyone will be able to answer for you. To help you out, here are 2 basic lifestyle tips for living off-grid.
Think About Wildlife
If you are planning to live in a very remote area, you are going to have to learn about all the different types of wildlife that live in the area and figure out how to live among them without hurting them and without them hurting you.
If you are building your off-grid dwelling in a wooded area with a lot of bears for example, you may need to think about where you are storing your food as well as where you are cooking it.
If you own a large piece of property and plan to build your structure on that, as long as it is completely legal in your state/county to hunt on privately owned land, you may also be able to hunt for your own food.
There is also a higher probability that you will have pests to deal with if you are living far away from any major city. Since there are no other homes nearby for them to infest, if they find yours you could get into some trouble.
If you find your property overrun with pigeons or other birds and they are trying to steal your food or cover your roof in. waste, you may need to hire someone to fix your pigeon problem or find an ethical way to take care of it on your own.
One of the whole points of living off the grid is that it can be a much more environmentally friendly way to live than a more traditional lifestyle. Not only is this good for the earth but it will also save you a lot of money. When building your structure, consider finding the most eco-friendly ways to do things. Use solar power, install a composting toilet, build a greywater system and do whatever else you can to make your off grid lifestyle also an eco-friendly one!
Living off the grid may not be for everyone, but it is also a very fun and gratifying way of life that will help you feel more connected to nature. Hopefully, these tips help you out in the beginning of your journey.