Given the state of the country and the world today people are beginning to wonder if they can survive when municipalities can no longer provide for their citizens.
Antiquated infrastructure that has been patched together for years because of financial woes is weakening by the day. The question now becomes can you live without municipalities supplying you with all the things you have become accustomed to. In some ways, you cannot break the bonds completely because there are things that you cannot provide for yourself but this has been the case for thousands of years. Therefore if you think you can escape to the backcountry and never see another human being again maybe you better rethink certain things, but there are things you can do to lessen your dependency on others and on municipalities. The questions you must ask yourself include what happens when the power goes out, do you have a backup plan.
Solar panels are expensive but you can start out small by getting just a few panels to operate just a few appliances, in particular heating and cooling appliances, water pumps, refrigeration and hot water tanks. Solar system using single panels to operate certain appliances but are not adequate for the entire household.
In many cases, any surplus generated is sold back to the power company to be used, as a credit for power at night and on days there is limited sunlight. Any source that generates electricity and supplies electricity to the grid must be approved by the power provider and in some cases, they will have to inspect your system and put safeguards in place to prevent high voltage feed back along their lines that may cause harm to anyone servicing the lines.
You can off course purchase or build a structure that is not connected to the grid giving you free rein to develop whatever system works best for you. Once you are no longer connected to the local power grid and the sun is absence for a few days your battery bank will be depleted.
Wind power is another alternative and if you plan to go completely off grid, you would probably need a wind turbine(s) along with a solar panel array. You first have to determine how much electricity you need generated and then position your turbine at a height sufficient to generate the desired amount. Turbo power is another option, which harnesses the power of water to operate an electrical generator. You may have a source on your property but the source originates miles upstream in areas you have no control over.
You need electrical generating sources that you have complete control over and fast running rivers while you may control a portion of one you do not control the entire river or stream. Before you decide to run off and start building that cabin miles up in the hills you not only need to worry about power you need to also consider food sources that you will need.
Unless you want to be digging latrines every few months and moving the outhouse over the new pit because the old one is full then you will need to install a septic system if you want to go off grid or now live in an area that does not provide a sewer system.
You may think right now the nearest bush or tree will do but this is impractical and unsanitary.
Septic systems are not complicated but to do it yourself you will need certain skill sets, lots of energy and time especially if you plan to do all the digging by hand. You have to make sure the soil can accept the waste by conducting a perk test to rate the absorption and retention level of the soil.
Whatever you choose can be accomplished, but it will take time, effort on your part and money. However, you need to begin before disaster strikes and have a plan in mind before building that cabin high in the mountains because it will not take long for you to realize just how dependent you really are on your local municipality.
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French photographer Antoine Bruy spent several years hitchhiking around Europe, documenting the lives of men and women who have abandoned the bustle of cities to live, as they say, off the grid.
Existing on mountainsides and river valleys left fairly untouched by the greater human population, the individuals -- adults and children -- live largely without access to commodities like running water, central heat and big brand grocery stores. The collection of images, titled "Scrublands," showcase ramshackle shelters and the bold adventurers who reside inside them. In total, it cost him around $16,000 in material costs to put this off grid cabin together. The upstairs sleeping loft walls go up two feet before the roof starts going in so there’s plenty of room. I honestly think most folks would just move a tiny home to a spot somewhere and stay put for years and years.
Any shot we can see a picture of the bathroom or is there an outhouse and stream somewhere?


The metal roof is nice for rain water harvesting and you could put some solar panels up for your own power supply. I also recycled cabinets plas sinks, shower, wiring, plumbing, water pump and lots of stuff rom my old camper for the cabin to save money. And our Gov Scott, repubs have to go as they have given the state to utilities, developers, big ag and making people pay them to!!
And more on the wood: Many of our large forest preserves (like the Tongass) are being strip mined for the trees which are being sent to China with the bark still on them for processing. In the biggest cities in the world, this leaves millions of people without the supplies needed to survive.
People like the feeling they get when they don’t have to depend on others, and they can support their families and enjoy their lives with their friends on their own land, in their own home. About Off Grid WorldAll about off grid living, living off the grid, sustainable living, homesteading, prepping, survival, solar power, wind power, renewable energy, permaculture, hydroponics, recycling, DIY projects, and natural building.
Storms that at one time would have hardly been felt are now causing untold damage because of the weakened nature of power grids and other infrastructure.
Garbage removal, sewers and sewage treatment plants, plowed roads, sturdy bridges, electrical service, treated water piped to the home and gas for cooking and heating are just some of the things that are provide by your local municipality. In any village or town throughout the ages there have been engineers, carpenters, medical practitioners, and farmers that others have turned to for needs that families and individuals could not meet on their own.
What happens when the transportation hubs breakdown, do you have a plan to supply food, water and other necessities to your family. Power is the key because without it you will find life much harder and once simple tasks will become complicated ones.
Illumination is down on the list of priorities because you can make candles, lantern oils and use the daytime hours to accomplish tasks.
This system does require the home be connected to the local power grid to absorb any surplus electricity generated. Today most homes are connected to the power grid but this does not mean you have to use that power. Some people have homes in areas that simply do not have any infrastructure in place at all, so solar wind and water is an ideal way to generate electricity. The solar panels would generally be installed on the roof for the greatest access to direct sunlight. However, whenever the sun is shining the panels are generating power and recharging the battery backup system. Once again, you will need a battery bank to absorb any surplus electricity, but when used with solar panels you are assured of a constant supply of electricity. Many areas of the country have zoning laws and ordinances that may restrict height, position or outright prohibit the use of wind turbines. In the event of a disaster, the water source can be interrupted from natural causes or from someone or even a town damming up the river for their own water and power needs. Windmills do not generate electricity but they can be used to pump water from deep underground into holding tanks and then gravity fed to your home, to irrigate crops and to holding tanks for livestock. Land is a finite commodity in other words you cannot make it and it does not appear one day off the assembly line. Many homes in the country have their own septic systems but if you live within certain areas, they are regulated by the city or state. Eventually uncontrolled waste would find its way into your water source by leaching into the soil or from runoff caused by rains.
Your biggest concern is contamination of any wells you have on the property so make sure you plan carefully. Do you want to be completely free and independent of power companies and water treatment plants? To reduce the economic burden you can acquire the skills and knowledge needed and do much of what has to be done by yourself and start small and build up gradually so you do not have to spend so much money at one time.
We believe that being prepared is important for any family and we want to see preparedness become a mainstream conversation. Instead, they are seeking “greater energy, food, economic, or social autonomy," changing their relationship to their surrounding environment and living with the economic and social circumstances that arise from their decisions.
The simple, manmade structures stand out against the sublime backgrounds, populated by thick forests and swirling hills.
Bruy has recently launched a crowdfunding campign on FotoFund to raise money to continue the project that began back in 2010.


He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories.
People grow roots like trees in one area and tend to live there for as long as they can, it’s just our nature. I have a small wood stove and propane backup heat in case I need to be away from the cabin for awhile. I live in Central FL, and I want to build my TH on wheels, but the cost of materials are gobsmacking here. Finding places to park is a big deal until we can get enough TH parks and compounds like yours so all the TH people have a place to go and not be harassed or have to pay insane RV park prices (like 1K a month for one parking space the size of a shopping mall parking space.
Using reclaimed anything is better for the planet and if it is free or cheap so much the better for the homeowner!
Self Sufficiency: Living off the grid in a self sufficient manner brings with it a certain independence which cannot be found in modern living.
Whether you build your own log cabin, tiny house, or cottage in the hills, the sense of accomplishment you feel must be astounding. What happens when energy is no longer affordable or available do you have a plan for, transportation, cooking and heating your home? It may be exciting or even romantic to think of you sequestered in a nice warm cabin all winter living off the land and being independent.
Once the sun goes down or on cloudy days, the battery banks would provide the needed electricity. Drilled wells are ideal because of their reliability but deep wells require large pumps, which require electrical power to operate, so consider a shallow hand dug well that you have control over as a backup when power is unable for a few days for whatever reason.
That does not mean that land cannot be repurposed for the sake of growing foods and raising livestock and in the event of major catastrophe you will likely see buildings come down and crops being planted in their place.
Human waste piled up and lying about will harbor bacteria and create a rodent and insect infestation.
This is usually accomplished by the use of lateral lines that collect the waste as it rises in the septic tank. On the other hand, you may simply want a backup system in place for when there is a crisis and you are left to fend for yourself. The faces of the young boys and girls bring an eerie sense of humanity to the pristine landscapes, giving just a faint glimpse into their lives, while leaving the viewer as a clear outsider. Head over to the site if you're interested in supporting the work and let us know your thoughts on the beautiful photographs in the comments. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too.
China pays a 2% trade tariff, while US manufacturers are required to pay a 22% trade tariff to do business (the joys of NAFTA). I basically want a small box that has a bed for me and my dog to stay for a couple of days. Quality of life is not necessarily improved with acquiring the most up-to-date trends or upgrades which will soon be outdated as well. The freedom to spend quality time with your family instead of making money for your boss. The freedom to live life the way you see fit.
However, a few trips to the outhouse when it is raining, below zero or you have to shovel a path because it snowed last night and things may not look as exciting.
If you do not believe, you would be on your own during a crisis research some of the more recent events. Today a few acres of hardwoods could literally be gone in a matter of years if it was the only source of fuel. In the event of a power failure, you would have the means to keep your foods chilled, heat water and operate heating and cooling devices.
Wood is considered a renewable and sustainable energy source but it takes decades for hardwood forests to renew themselves. Removing the burden of mortgages, utility bills, car payments, and living the simpler, easier life appeals to millions of people around the world.



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