The Many Paths to Self-Reliant Living: 2015 Homesteaders of the Year

Living off the grid, raising animals and growing their own food are some of the many ways our 2015 Homesteaders of the Year have achieved more self-reliant living. These standout modern homesteaders have found ways to save money — and have fun doing it!

Cool Solar Panels
The Cool family’s nine 240-watt solar panels, 2,500-watt inverter, charge controller and 12 deep-cycle batteries keep them off the grid and energy independent.
Photo by Jaime Cool