Off Grid Solar Hot Water | Easy Low Cost Ways to Get a Hot Shower

Today, while planning an upgrade to my off grid hot water system, I went looking for the best solar water heater options available at a reasonable cost. Solar electric based heaters are not cost efficient compared to direct solar heating, and so many off-gridders end up resorting to propane or natural gas based water heaters. But, there are many great lesser known solar water heating options out there.

Pastured Poultry: How Much Land You Really Need

Joel Salatin style “pastured poultry” is an increasingly popular method used by farmers and homesteaders who raise healthy organic chickens. This method allows chickens to forage the land naturally. But how much land does a pastured poultry flock actually need?

How to Escape the City and Move Off Grid

As a former apartment dweller gone country, people often ask me how they too can get out of the city and develop a self-reliant rural lifestyle. With everything going on in the cities recently, I thought it would be a good time to explain how to move out of the city and go off grid.

Is Off Grid Solar Against the Law?

Is Off Grid Solar Legal? | You Might be Surprised…

For those just getting started, you might wonder is it really legal to generate your own power. Surely the government and big corporations have figured out a way to lock you in to a power bill.

May 25, 2020
Reasons not to go off grid

7 Reasons NOT to Go Off Grid

Achieving self-reliance, sustainability, and independence just isn’t right for you. So, shut up, sit down, and listen to what you are told. Here are seven reasons why going off grid just isn’t right for you!

May 23, 2020
Solar Charge Controller

Beginners Guide to Solar Charge Controllers | MPPT vs PWM

When I talk to people about designing an off grid solar system, the part people tend to find most confusing is the charge controller. So, today I decided to sit down and describe as simply as possible what a charge controller is, why you need one, and how to choose between all the different options.

May 19, 2020
Solar Powered Water Pump

How to Run a Well Pump on Solar

One question I commonly get from people building an off grid power system, is whether they can run a deep water well pump from a solar system. So, today I decided to answer that question for everyone.

April 20, 2020
How Much Rainwater Can You Collect

Estimate How Much Rainwater You Can Collect the Easy Way

This week I was working with a friend to find good size water barrels for their house, and the question came up, “How much rainwater could we collect in a year?” So, I thought I would share with you today, the easy way to figure out just how much could be collected on your roof in a year (or month). No measuring!

April 17, 2020
off grid water, drinking water, well water, grey water system, free water, diy water system

Off Grid Water Guide | Well, Septic, Sewer, Grey Water, and More

For quite a while I have been researching the best ways to build an off grid water system, and today I thought I would write down everything I know. There are many options for off the grid water besides just a well and septic. So, hopefully this helps people getting started get an idea how they can have water on their property.

April 15, 2020
Off Grid Cabin Building Ideas

Best Ideas for Building Off Grid | 10 Ways to Live Self Sufficiently

So many aspiring homesteaders are stuck on the high price of buying a house. But for those willing to do it themselves, there are some many better options out there that you may never have heard of. Here ar 10 good ways to build off grid for less money.

April 14, 2020
Are Chickens Aloowed Where You Live?

Are Chickens Allowed in Your City? | How To Find Out What’s Allowed

The other day, a friend of mine asked me whether backyard chickens are allowed where they live. Since so many people have this, I thought I would right out everything I’ve found out. This is the most definitive way to figure out what you can actually do on your land.

April 13, 2020
off grid air conditioning unit

Better Off Grid Air Conditioning | 5 Out of the Box Ideas

As summer approaches, I thought it was time to spend some time researching off grid air conditioning. While traditional AC units are generally quite expensive to run off solar, I though that there must be a better way keep cool off the grid, and I wasn’t disappointed.

April 06, 2020
How Much Land For Off Grid

How Many Acres Do You Need To Go Off Grid?

While searching for my own off grid property, I wondered how big a lot I really needed to be self sufficient. So, I went about finding reliable information on how much land a family really needs. And, he answer may surprise you.

March 28, 2020
How Many Solar Panels Do You Need Off Grid

How Many Solar Panels? | Sizing your off grid system

One question that I often hear from people getting started with off grid solar is, “How many panels do I need?” While there is no universal answer, here are some common sizes, and the easy way to figure out exactly how many panel you need.

March 21, 2020
Alternative Toilets for Off Grid Sites with No Septic

Best Alternative Off Grid Toilets - No Septic!

If you are like me, the cost of new septic was too high, and you weren’t sure if one would work way out on your property anyway. That’s why I went out and found the best off grid toilets for remote cabins or eco-friendly homesteads.

March 14, 2020
Building Your Own Self Sufficient Homstead

How to Live Off Grid: A Checklist for Self Sufficiency

Many people ask me, what does it take to go off grid and live self sufficiently. So, today I decided to sit down and write everything you need to get started off grid, along with a checklist.

March 10, 2020
Off Grid Cabin and Land for Free

Free Land — Living Off Grid With No Money

If you are like me, the biggest obstacle to the dream of living off grid is money. Today, I thought I would help out wannabe homesteaders by gathering together tips for living off grid without money, some you probably haven’t seen before.

March 08, 2020
Free Low-Cost Off Grid Cabin

Best States to Live Off Grid: All 50 States Ranked

Today, I was wondering exactly what state is best to live off grid. So, went out and did a bunch of research on 12 key factors that make a state great for off grid living. You may be surprised which states came out on top.

March 07, 2020
A Complete Guide For Off Grid Solar

Off Grid Solar: A Beginner's Complete Guide (Part 3)

Getting started generating free solar power is really not as hard as it seems. In the last 5 years, I have learned the key concepts of building a low-cost off grid solar system. Now I’ve written everything down right here. Just everything you need to know without the fluff.

March 06, 2020
A Complete Guide For Off Grid Solar

Off Grid Solar: A Beginner's Complete Guide (Part 2)

Getting started generating free solar power is really not as hard as it seems. In the last 5 years, I have learned the key concepts of building a low-cost off grid solar system. Now I’ve written everything down right here. Just everything you need to know without the fluff.

March 03, 2020
A Complete Guide For Off Grid Solar

Off Grid Solar: A Beginner's Complete Guide

Getting started generating free solar power is really not as hard as it seems. In the last 5 years, I have learned the key concepts of building a low-cost off grid solar system. Now I’ve written everything down right here. Just everything you need to know without the fluff.

March 02, 2020
Off Grid Water Purification Pump Drinking Water Clean Safe for the Homestead

Off Grid Water Purification: Safe and Low Cost

Like me you might have wondered, do I really need to pay out for an expensive deep well when I have so much water on my property? I have spent time researching the best low cost water yet reliable filtration systems for my off grid homestead, and this is what I have found.

March 01, 2020
How to Buy Off Grid Land

How to Find Off Grid Land - Ways You Haven't Heard Of

If you are like me, you may be a little intimidated by the prospect of shopping for and buying land. Unlike traditional homes, there isn’t much help out there for people hoping to buy rural off grid land. After my two years long search for my own land, let me help you through this by sharing what I have learned through the process.

February 20, 2020