What’s the true start up cost of Living Off Grid?

If you’ve been wondering what the true start up cost of living off grid is then this infographic from Visual Economics might be interesting to see!  Plus text from their website by Daniel Wesley.   There are 3 Main things to address: Electricity Water and Septic Heating The total cost suggested for a family of four to build a new home off grid is $69,400* (*all costs are estimated. Actual costs varies depending on various factors.) Living off the grid simply means having a self-sustaining domicile that is independent of outside utilities. While  “preppers” and survivalists may initially come to mind, for many, the goal of living off the grid is simply to live healthier and leave a smaller environmental footprint. For example, Brad Waters, a contributing writer to Psychology Today, writes about two normal and healthy households who are doing what they can to be energy independent. These families are far removed for those who are preparing for doomsday or a zombie apocalypse. So would you start to move off the grid? Utility bills vary widely, depending upon where a person lives, services available and the amount of use. The average household in the United States, despite the variance in costs, still spends about 54 percent of their utility bill just for electricity. Simply put, if you can reduce or cut-out the need to buy electricity, you can save a large amount of money every year. Here’s how you can do it: Solar While solar power can currently only produce about 7 kilowatts of power a day (in sunny and dry environments), the technology continues to improve every year. For...

Dry Flush Toilet

In doing more YouTube investigation we found this video about a dry flush toilet. This is an unboxing and review of the Dry Flush Toilet I purchased from Little Guy Trailers to use in my camper and on my boat. We’ve never seen anything like this before and are not sure it’s a very cost effective solution because of the price you have to spend on the bags. In the comments, you can learn the cost per “flush” is about $1.07 due to the costly liners. And yeah near the final few uses it will be pretty near the top with a much shallower depth and could be pretty heavy to remove about 17 lbs? when time to remove the liner refill? And yeah it is massively non environmental lots of non degradeble plastic gets thrown out. but you can put it anywhere and use it anywhere the battery supposed to last about 200 to 300 uses on a charge. So great for the tent or out camping or on the road. We are sharing because it’s interesting to note but we are not going to choose this dry flush toilet as our off grid living solution! Would you use a dry flush toilet or have...

No Water Composting Toilet

Have you considered using a composting toilet? This can be a more cost effective solution and simple to maintain and use instead of adding a septic tank without all the plumbing requirements. I’ve used them when staying in eco friendly camp sites and even more recently in one of the visitor centres in Maine. Jeff and I, decided to do some research on YouTube because it’s a question we sometimes get asked on our Facebook page. Here’s one that we found that we liked the look of, although the video is entertaining probably not the way they intended – dynamo music is all I will say! Sun-Mar Composting Toilets – No Water! No Plumbing connections needed! No Oder! The world leader in composting technology. Sun-Mar composting toilets feature a patented BioDrum design to optimize the aerobic breakdown of waste. They can be easily installed in cabins, cottages, outhouses, pool cabanas, sheds, and even in your own home. No Water! No Plumbing connections needed! No...

How to find water with Dowsing?

This is probably my favorite video about how to find water with dowsing. She explains it really simply and makes it look easy! Find a Y shape branch from a willow or apple tree or you could use L-Rods and even a bronze pendulum Ask “Where can I find plentiful pristine perfect water?” Ask “Depth” Ask “Show me Yes / No” Jeff and I, actually tried to do this on our land and didn’t have any luck – I wonder if it makes a difference what type of tree branch you use? Have you had any success using dowsing to find water on your...

How to find water on your land using Dowsing L Rods

We’ve been investigating how to find water on your land using Dowsing. Water is one of the key things you will need for Off Grid Living. We all need good and clean water to live. The simplest solution is to dig a well. The question is finding the best place for your well? A friend of ours told us about his experience of using a dowsing doctor (sometimes they are called witches). So we started to investigate using our friend YouTube! Here is what we found about Dowsing with L-Rods, a three part series … Dowsing with L-Rods – Part 1 Dowsing with L-Rods part 2 Dowsing with L-Rods part 3 Jeff and I, may well have a go at using an L-Rod when the time is right to see if we can find water on our land. Our neighbours have natural springs so we are confident we will too! We’d love to know if you have ever tried this method to find water on your land or something...

Cold Stream Woods

We want to introduce you to Cold Stream Woods – our road to success for Maine Off Grid Living! We are looking for neighbours – we have 5 lots available starting from $17,900 USD. Check out our three part video series that begins the conversation you’ll want to hear about how you can realize your dream of living off grid in Maine, USA. Maine Off Grid Living Road to Success Maine Off Grid Living Cold Stream Woods Road Find Serenity at Maine Off Grid Living Cold Stream Woods Please leave us a comment if you have any feedback, questions – we look forward to hearing from you...

Are You ready for New England Tiny Homes, LLC

If so, read on. Hi, I’m Jeff Miller. I’ve been a Builder/Contractor for about as long as I can remember. Actually since I was knee high to My Grand Father. He and My Dad were both accomplished Builder Contractors back in the day when you straightened a pulled nail instead of throwing it away. After moving to Maine over 15 years ago and developing a Successful Real Estate Business, I also returned to building. Not just any building mind you, but building unique Post and Beam/ Timberframe style homes, sheds, and Barns as kits. Interestingly, the Smaller kits were the most popular. Folks said they were interested in Shelter for the land they had purchased as a get a way or retirement. Well that was then and now I’m back with a new line of “Wee” Tiny Homes with my Wife Emily. Why are Tiny Homes so popular? Well, not only are they described as cute, the trend is growing in popularity and continuing! As a matter of fact for over the last 10 years. Tiny Houses are popping up just about everywhere as more people decide to downsize their lives. While the structures often average about 300-400 square feet, living in a Tiny Home isn’t necessarily about sacrifice. With thoughtful, innovative designs, some Tiny Home owners are discovering that a Tiny Home actually leads to a simpler, more fulfilling life. Further connecting them with family, friends, and nature while freeing them from high mortgages, wastefulness, and an urge to feel like you have to keep up with everybody else. That said, We are excited to get to Spring...

Maine Off Grid Living Spring Update

Spring is finally here and we are back together after time living a Long Distance Relationship between Stamford, UK and Lincoln, Maine, USA! Check out our exciting news about New England Mini Homes … we are here to help you build your Tiny Home! Also we are looking for neighbors – are you interested in living in Maine, next door to us? Or somewhere else in the Maine Highlands perhaps? Get a copy of the property listings available here http://on.fb.me/OeU304 Click here http://eepurl.com/KV3_v for a FREE Report with 10 Reasons on WHY You’ll want to make your decision to set up Your Home “Off Grid” plus some amazing facts about Maine. Find and like us on https://www.facebook.com/MaineOffGridLiving Follow us on https://twitter.com/MaineOffGrid Subscribe to our YouTube channel to keep up to date with our latest videos – more planned and an invitation to hang out with us coming soon...