My end goal in life is to live off grid. I don’t know if I will ever accomplish that, but I can dream. I know what it takes from my experience of living in a tent cabin without electricity and only a wood stove for heat during many summers in the high country of Yosemite National Park. But to actually live it full time on my own land would be something that I would truly love.
Teri Page of Homestead Honey is doing just that… living the off grid dream. The good news for you is that she has recently written an eBook titled Creating Your Off Grid Homestead that gives you all the info you need to live your own off grid dream.
This eBook really hit home for both Joel and I, as it speaks our language. We both read it in its entirety and swooned over what could eventually be our future. We love how Teri breaks down all the costs and speaks realistically about what it takes money wise to actually make an off grid homestead happen.
Water is a huge issue for any homesteader, off grid or not, so this is covered in great detail. Teri talks about their awesome rainwater collection system, and how they plan to make it even better.
This made me really happy because it is so often overlooked. Every living being needs water daily to survive, so it should be your number one concern!
She also talks about what it’s like to live without lights, running water, electricity, refrigeration and normal toilet systems. This is all great information that everyone should know about.
It was truly intriguing to read how they go about their daily lives… and are totally happy and thriving while doing it!
Joel and I also enjoyed reading about how Teri’s family cooks. We are cooks at heart, and love real food cooking from scratch.
Their outdoor kitchen set up is absolutely incredible, and they have paid attention to every detail as far as greywater and efficiency goes.
Plus, I loved learning about cooking on and in a wood stove! That is something that I would really like to delve deeper into someday.
Honestly, though, the best part about this eBook is that it’s real. This is something that Teri and her family have lived and know a lot about.
There is no speculation here… it’s the honest to goodness truth about off grid living, the wonderful and the complicated. And in the end it makes me wish I had my own piece of land to live out my own off grid dream!
Creating Your Off Grid Homestead is such a great book packed full of really useful information, I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Get your copy today, and start making your off grid dreams a reality!
So,… my husband and I lived off the grid for 18 years in Wis. Too long :)
But the biggest thing is about gas refrig, gas lights and range in the house/ cabin. It’s the Low levels of carbon Monoxide that’s giving off every single day! Almost killed us many times and will mess you up like you wouldn’t believe. Tired, crabby, and can’t think. Those Things always had to be cleaned. Bugs or spiders would plug the flow and create Carbon Monoxide! If you have a porch, gas refig and lights even the range should be on porch. When it comes to carbon monoxide detectors, Do Not Get Kidde!!!
Buy a low level detector .Kidde other brands only work once and it’s at high level when it goes off and you and your partner are already really messed up from it. Not kidding. FYI, after 18 years finally have power:) Cost about $9000 but so happy and We missed it.
Lois Luckovich says
I’ve lived in an off grid cabin and loved it, but the bf I had at the time couldn’t adapt to it. He wanted a generator for lights and a TV, how silly is that?
I could have stayed in that cabin a good long time as it was well built and meant for the kind of life I wanted. It had a garden, 2 sources of water and both a wood cook stove and a barrel heater with a big woodshed conveniently located for both. There was also a chicken coop and a fenced in area for livestock (the barn collapsed before we went there)
The STUPID grandson of the man who originally built it went and bulldozed it after we left, WHAT A JERK!
Grow Forage Cook Ferment says
Oh, no, Lois. I’m so sorry to hear your off-grid cabin was demolished after you left. It sounded like heaven!
I loved off grid with 5 children, we hauled all of water until we finally got a well, our septic system was already there ,we just had to tie in, we had propane to cook, and life the kitchen living area, kerosene lamp for all the other rooms. Wood stove for heat and cooking . We had goats & chickens .
But we need to have a income to make it work
I would love for me and my husband to live this way still trying to do so!!
I lived off grid in Louisiana Swamp for 15 years..We had it all. House,water sistern unit,full functional bathroom with flush lol toilet… water barrels of rain. All seafood,alligator,frogs,crabs,oysters, duck.
Full kitchen with functional stove ,oven. We had neighbors up,down the Bayou not close. Everyone looked out for the other. Funny… Some had a mail box… lmao no service in the swamp…. Good to get info spread around,parties,etc..
Small Honda generator ran the ceiling fans. Winter we had wood stove.. where I was wee were on a half acre size hard land… you need off ground garden boxes… lots sun worked great… two bed rooms with set bunk and single bed each room and large kitchen combo living room… we bought two small room size used air conditioning wall units for bed rm. used night only if needed…
we lived like the Bush People but did not deal with Bears,Snow.. I WILL RETURN
I want to live off grid so bad, But can’t land here in Utah $$$.
I want to live off grid for the simplicity it brings and to prepare for the inevitable medical crisis that will occur and survival skills/supplies will be essential.
Love this, I want to live of grid!!
The Broke Dad says
ME TOO…I want to live off grid too. So badly. I do part time when I can get away with my Escape Pod (more about that in my blog if you would care to check it out), I have it set up with solar and everything I need to live in the brush for as long as I can get away with it. Eventually I always have to come back to work though. I dream often of finally being able to go full time, having my own blog now, and learning from others like you about living off grid and homesteading has helped bring me that much closer to being free.
Thanks for the great post.
The Broke Dad
I would love to live off the grid, but it’s even more difficult to accomplish this in New England. I understand it is more realistic in the milder climates, any suggestions?
We’re living off-grid in Ireland however we’re busy growing our house and aren’t growing food yet so well done to you for all the food you grow and foraging that you do. I’ve only just found your website and am really enjoying a good browse :)
I have the goal of simplifying our life, and using our resources wisely is part of that goal. I would love to learn more from this book.
Moon Daze says
My dream is to become self-sustaining, knowing exactly where my food comes from, living a simplified lifestyle, and creating everything I need on my own land. I know it is not as easy as it sounds, but I do have a farming background, which will come in handy. I would love to have a copy of this book, to attain a more realistic perspective of what it will take, to reach my goals.
Pamela Kaye says
My dream is to have a garden so we can have fresh, organic vegetables; to raise organic chickens for eggs and then meat; to use fresh, organic herbs for cooking and medicinally; to rely on natural resources, wind and solar, to provide electricity for our home and farm.
I’d love to simplify my and my family life, be in control of our living environment and of our impact on our earth
Kelly Kindle Cheney says
This would be very exciting!
Shannon Kopacz says
I have a 3 year plan to become debt free, sell our 1800sqft home and move to a 650 sqft home. This blog keeps me focused and motivated.
Linda O says
this inspires me to want to live off the grid
Been living off grid for 10 yrs now and love it. You don’t have to give up comforts to do it either.
Darlene, what was your first project when getting started?
I have 10 acres…..