Moving off grid in steps


  • JennyT Upstate South Carolina
    JennyT Upstate South Carolina Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for posting these. I can't wait to dive into them. From what I saw briefly looks like a ton of helpful information.

  • Acequiamadre
    Acequiamadre Posts: 269 ✭✭✭

    Great resources. Not thinking off the grid anytime soon, but new ideas and information are always helpful to nudge thinking.

  • Monek Marie
    Monek Marie Posts: 3,535 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I love the free articles on instead. Thanks for posting

    The windchimes look like a good family project to do while we are staying home much more than normal.

  • nicksamanda11
    nicksamanda11 Posts: 721 ✭✭✭✭

    I feel like steps are the only way for us to look at it. Faith being the driving factor.

  • lewis.mary.e
    lewis.mary.e Posts: 225 ✭✭✭

    I will probably start a thread about this next week, but thought I'd ask here. How do you define off grid?

    We are not off grid as I understand it, because we still get our electricity from a co-op. But, we do have a generator that will kick in if the power goes out. We heat our home with an outdoor woodburning boiler. And we have a well and private septic system.

    So, if we were to get solar panels and use the electricity we generated from those only, would that be off grid completely?

  • RustBeltCowgirl
    RustBeltCowgirl Posts: 1,403 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @lewis.mary.e This is how Wikipedia defines it.

    I think the definition is basically a personal thing.

  • frogvalley
    frogvalley Posts: 675 ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 2021

    We have been off the grid for several years even though I never thought of it like that. We did have to keep our connection to the electric company while we had/used solar with battery backup until the batteries blew up one night. We appreciated that we were still connected, but didn't really need to be. We could have done without for the time it took to make repairs.

    Sometimes the grid goes down and we are the only ones with lights (and other amenities) sitting smugly in comfy chairs looking over the dark hillside as if it were 1720.