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...