Ways To Live Off The Grid

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Think you can live off the grid? You may be surprised to learn just how much it takes to supply the food and energy your family needs every day. If you’re interested in saying goodbye to the grocery store and your electric bill, check out this guide to living off the land, and off the grid.

Even if you don’t have the spare 2,350 square feet of garden needed to feed a family of four, there are smaller steps you can take to supplementing your diet and energy. Just $50 of seeds can yield over $1200 worth of produce each year. If you can’t install solar panels, a well or geothermal climate control, energy efficient appliances and light bulbs can make a big difference in your monthly bills.

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Ways To Live Off The Grid

Why Should You Go Green?

  • The average family of four spends $12,255 per year on groceries.
  • Even supplementing your food with home grown produce can cut your grocery costs in half. Growing all your own produce will save you even more.
  • Plastic packaging found on most grocery products can take up to 1,000 years to deteriorate.

Generating Your Own Energy

  • The average home consumes 11,000 KWH of electricity per year.
  • That would require 375 square feet of solar panels.
  • Solar panels typically save homeowners 50 percent to 90 percent on their electric bills.

Feeding Your Self Sufficiency

  • You’ll 2,350 square feet of land to grow fruits, vegetables and grains to support you the entire year. Most of the space is required for grains.
  • $1 in seeds can grow $75 worth of beans.
  • $50 in seeds can yield $1,250 in produce.

Building A Self Sufficient Home

  • Smaller homes naturally require less energy. The average American home is 2,480 square feet, while the average Irish home is merely 947.
  • Every year, Americans spend $34 billion on lighting. Energy efficient bulbs can save you up to 70 percent on your bill.
  • Only install energy star certified appliances.
  • Consider installing a well to collect rain water. Currently, the average family spends $3,500 every five years on water.
  • Use wind, sun or geothermal heat as natural climate control for your home.

Going Extremely Off The Grid

Consider building a home out of these all-natural and recycled building materials:

  • Hay
  • Mud
  • Tires
  • Plastic bottles
  • Recycled building supplies

To join an “off the grid” community, check out Greater World Community in New Mexico, Dancing Rabbit in Missouri or Earthaven in North Carolina.

Last Updated: September 13, 2012
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About Alexandra Kerr Through Ideal Home Garden, Alexandra covers topics ranging from interior design to home improvement, gardening and cuisine. Having a passion for cooking and entertaining in her own life, she hopes to communicate her love of home design and decorating with her readers. 

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