Have you considered or even dreamed of living off grid, but you just don’t know where to start? The first place we started was determining what sort of appliances we wanted to have off grid.
Now there are two schools of thought when it comes to living off grid. There is one; we will rough it like “Little House on the Prairie” and build as we go. Or, there is two; we will design our home, budget what we can do, and then make it happen for our move in date. I would like to say we took the second path by 100%, but truly we were a blend of the two. We had all our systems purchased when we moved onto the property, but we decided to move on the property when the home’s shell was established. We camped in the cottage over the summer while I wired and plumbed the home. We moved out in the fall to pay a company to insulate, sheet rock, texture and paint the home. We moved in the home to the hum of a generator and t6he flicker of oil lamps as backup while I installed the inverter and battery bank over Christmas. A month later we were living in the home permanently with one working faucet in the laundry room.We were surrounded by various parts and systems in boxes around our house. For example, our solar panels were stacked on the floor in our living room and would not be placed successfully on our homemade array until the following July. Once the solar system went online, our off grid home felt more like an on grid home as we used our various electrical appliances without reserve.For those of you who are dreaming of the off grid lifestyle, which school of thought are you leaning towards. For those who have made the transition, I would like to encourage you to share your experience with others here, so comment below.