How to Live Off Grid Legally in the United States

People who considering living off grid are often concerned that it may not be legal to live the lifestyle that they want. While generally increasing in popularity, going against the grain by living off grid can be a bit unnerving when you get started. However, with a few common sense practices and a some basic knowledge you should be alright.

Who Are OffGridders?

With so much interest from many different places, many people are asking what does it really mean to be off grid or count oneself as an “off-gridder”. Although some people might tell you there is no true Scotsman when it comes to authentic homesteading, in reality there are many types of authentic “off-gridders” and room for many more.

Solar Panel Tilt Angle by Zip Code and City

This table shows the optimum solar panel angle from dead flat for every US zip code and most cities. This angle optimizes the average yearly power output for fixed solar panel facing south at the given angle.

Cooking without Electricity on Wood Fire Stove

How To Cook Off Grid Without Electricity

Leaving your old range behind can seem like an adventure to some. But, when it comes to sustainable, low cost, off grid cooking options, there is a wide variety of tasty and fun options that will make you wonder why you ever cooked with electric at all.

2019-10-06 19:09:28
Permaculture Family

Why Everyone Needs Permaculture

Until now, advancement in the human race has been largely a haphazard collection of minor improvements, leading to ever increasing knowledge fragmentation and specialization. All of our technology, laws, and customs have become so complex that it is difficult for any to understand more than just a tiny fragment of what is going on.

2019-10-06 00:14:57
Off Grid Yurt with Electrical Panel

Introduction to Off Grid Electrical Systems

To the uninitiated, there can be a bewildering amount of terminology surrounding electricity and electronics. Below I’m going to give a simple description of the most basic terms you need to know to understand and set up your off grid electrical system.

2019-10-04 09:54:10
Open Source Off Grid Plans Schematic

Why We Need Open Source Permaculture

From the outset, it may seem that Off Grid or Permaculture is a regressive ideology, seeking out the past rather than the future. In reality, history teaches us that the methodologies of the “homesteader” or the only way to ensure that technology persists and grows in to the future. Lets take a walk though the past and dream of an amazing “off grid” future.

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Seedling in a Grid of Pots

Why You Need To Be Off Grid

To some the idea of becoming self-sufficient seems silly, or even overly paranoid. But, only a bit of tentative research in to the topic shows that developing the ability to live without the grid is a prudent move. The expectation that our age of abundance can last indefinitely has been repeatedly proved foolish in the annals of history. But, beyond even that, the tonic of self-reliance and personal responsibility holds the promise of even greater years to come.

2019-08-05 18:23:17
Solar Panels on Off Grid Home

Total Cost Of Off Grid Solar Photovoltaic Systems

The first thing people think of when they consider going off grid is the cost of installing solar panels to meet their power needs. But, when budgeting for such a system, it can be hard figure out what you actually need, and how to save money. I’ve done the research for you, and give a plane answer to how much solar power will actually cost.

2019-06-27 18:09:12
Getting Started Going Off Grid

Getting Started Going Off Grid — A Beginners Guide

The dream of living off grid, cutting off the utility bills, and returning to a freedom rarely found in our generation is one that many people have. But, it can be daunting to get started. That’s why I wrote this simple guide to get you started.

2019-06-25 15:36:49
Off Grid Food Preservation

Off Grid Food Preservation — Techniques You Need To Know

For many off gridders, growing and hunting the food is the fun part but the real challenge begins when you try to store it for later. Nature dictates that food is much more plentiful part of the year, and so those who wish to live freely and independently from the industrial food system need to know how to stock up their pantry for good eating all year long.

2019-06-21 18:46:41
Zoning Laws for an Off Grid Homestead

Finding Zoning Laws For Your Property

When getting started with an off grid property, often the first question you might have is, “What do zoning laws allow me to do with my property.” Often, this questions can be hard to answer. Follow along and I’ll share everything I’ve learned about sleuthing out zoning ordinances over the years.

2019-06-16 21:47:01
Off Grid Home Definition

Definition Of Off Grid Homes

With living off the grid become more and more popular, you may be wondering exactly what an off grid home means. Although off grid homes can mean many things to many people, I’ll walk you through the simple definitions below.

2019-06-15 14:01:31
Yurt Living Off Grid Homestead Debt Free

How To Live In A Yurt Full-Time To Save Money And Go Debt-Free

Although you may not have heard the word Yurt before, you have probably seen these iconic round structures. They are increasingly popular as semi-permanent and permanent off grid structures, who’s low cost and DIY friendly construction mean that debt-free living is possible for anyone. Let me walk you through everything you need to know about yurts to get started.

2019-06-12 15:47:26
Grey Water Pipe Systems for Off Grid Permaculture

Safe Detergents And Soaps For Grey Water Systems

For off grid and permaculturists, reusing mildly dirty water in a “grey water” systems is a no brainer since it saves money, conserves water, and finds a use for every waste. But, for the beginner it can be a little scary, because you don’t want to accidentally poison your plants in the process. Don’t worry, using grey water safely can be very simple, and I’ll walk you through what you need to know.

2019-06-12 13:27:43
Definition of Off Grid Homes

Definition of Off Grid Living

Off grid is a term that many people see now below pictures of quaint farm houses and cabins in the woods. But what exactly is off grid?

2019-06-09 17:16:36
Collecting Rainwater on the Roof

Off Grid Rainwater Collection - Complete How To Guide

For those of us still paying for water to drink, wash in, and irregate our plants, the idea of collecting free rain water from our roofs seems naturally appealing. There is a lot of confusion out there about the best way to harvest and store the water that falls naturally on your roof. But it doesn’t have to be that hard.

2019-05-27 12:11:07
Living in a Yurt Debt Free

How To Go Off Grid without Owning Land

For many the idea of going off grid seems like a unubtainable dream. But, let me be the first to tell you that going off grid can be obtained without owning land, and without having a lot of money in the bank. All you need is a few creative ideas to get started.

2019-05-19 13:22:31
Water Rights Maps of the US

Where to Legally Live Off Grid

In the years I’ve spent learning about and living off grid, the most common question I encountered was how can someone legally live off grid. There is a lot of bad information out there on off grid regulations Here, I’m going to cover the details of what you need to know to live off grid legally, or at least cleverly to avoid legal trouble.

2019-05-18 11:20:58
Dry Storage Foods Onion and Garlic

Everything Has a Use

One of the biggest fallacies of modern culture is the rise if disposable culture. The fact is that “cheap” limited use items are frequently more expensive in terms of resources and overall expense is a fact that is keenly felt by those seeking to limit their dependence on external inputs. Only when we see everything as a valuable resource, and see every piece of trash as a failing of our skills and creativity, can the possibility for true independence of an off grid lifestyle immerse.

2019-05-08 10:55:40
Off Grid Refrigeration

What Is Off Grid Permaculture?

Every beginning has an end — a Yin and Yang so foundational to life that for much of human history, man has enshrined this pervading reality at the core of their philosophy, and recognized it in the rhythm of their daily lives. But in our current age of excess, we have all but lost touch with this fact. Our industry, education, and institutions worship the idols of “endless growth” and “eternal progress”, which have brought our people both riches and suffering. Yet, this mistake will not continue unchecked. Eventually, balance will come. The object of off grid permaculture is to find this balance, cultivate wisdom, and achieve happiness and abundance in the process.

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