After I graduated from high school, my parents decided to go off the grid in case the Y2K bug turned out to be a disaster, among other reasons. The problem is, they weren’t as knowledgeable as they thought they were. After decades of occasionally reading magazines like Mother Earth News, they thought they knew a lot about off-grid living, but it wasn’t until they tried it that they discovered how little they actually knew.
They planted fruit trees in clay soil without even trying to enrich the soil. They set up a chicken yard without anchoring the fence to the ground, which allowed predators to get in. They built a storm shelter but didn’t dig the hole deep enough, so the top corners of the shelter were left poking out of the ground. I could go on and on.
So when I read this article about 10 mistakes people make when going off the grid, the list was very familiar, as my parents made more than half of them. Fortunately, they learned from their mistakes, and I learned a lot from watching their mistakes, but they could have saved themselves so much time and trouble if they had done more research first.
Here’s the list of mistakes (with asterisks next to the ones my parents made):
- Not using solar power.*
- Not enriching the soil with organic material.*
- Not taking advantage of elevated water sources.
- Not setting up a proper waste disposal system.*
- Not bringing a gun.
- Not understanding local zoning laws.*
- Not investing in production animals.
- Not having basic gardening knowledge.*
- Not being physically and mentally prepared.*
- Not having any fun.
Obviously there are many other potential mistakes, but these are the most common. This article goes over these mistakes and is filled with tips, videos, and other resources to help you avoid them. Follow the link below to check it out.