Living Off Grid - What Does It Mean?


| 12/28/2011 2:40:39 PM


Tags: off grid, living off grid, modern homestead, Ed Essex,


                                                                                                                                                                                                       Our house almost done November 2011 - My wife Laurie and I have been in our off grid home for exactly one year now. We live in the Okanogan Highlands of Eastern Washington State at an elevation of 4200'. We are both in our late fifties. This past year has not been anything like the condo lifestyle we came from. Although our backgrounds have well prepared us for our late life adventure I could still fill a book with brand new experiences.

Most of our friends and relatives seem to think we have lost a marble or two but that's okay, we moved so far away we won't see them for a while anyway.

This past year we have experienced building a home and moving 250 miles away, living off grid with all new unfamiliar systems, record rainfalls, sub zero temperatures, a 4.6 magnitude earthquake, and a forest fire. Our property is almost three miles from the nearest paved road and no neighbors. Well, there is one neighbor, sort of, but he doesn't talk to us. I don't think he likes having neighbors. What in the world did we get ourselves into?

We love it here. We have a "view to die for." We are surrounded by National Forests, lakes, pine, fir, tamarack trees, green grass and sagebrush. It is beautiful the year 'round.

So what about Off Grid? Simply put, off grid means that you are responsible for your own power, water, and sewage disposal. In our case we chose solar power with a backup generator, water from a drilled well, water cisterns, and an onsite septic system.

Each of these three off grid requirements has multiple methods to choose from. For power, you could choose to go without. Some people in this area live with only a small generator for electricity. The three main sources for off grid power are solar (AC or DC), wind power, and hydro power.


shirley ahlman
12/29/2011 9:48:58 PM

Informative and Entertaining Reading, looking forward to your next blog!




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