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For the past several years, Nick and Esther of Fouch Family Off Grid have been living off the grid in a yurt while building their off grid timber frame dream home. In that time, they’ve learned some valuable lessons about living off the grid.
In this video, they share those lessons. I typed them up for you, but it’s worth watching the video as well to hear them elaborate on these points.
1. Solar power is easier than you think. Yes, there’s a bit of a learning curve, but it’s nothing the average person can’t figure out, so try not to be intimidated.
2. Plants can’t grow where there’s no soil. You may need to take steps to improve the soil on your land by adding organic matter such as manure and grass clippings.
3. Water runs downhill. This sounds pretty obvious, but people forget that if your water source is above where you need it, you can take advantage of gravity.
4. Carrying water is the worst. A five-gallon container of water is 40 pounds. Find a way around that by creating plumbing systems or other ways to move our water.
5. Batteries run out. Use power-efficient lights and rechargeable devices so you’re not going through so many batteries.
6. Bears like trash. Everyone knows this, but the reality of it doesn’t set in until you have a bear moving in with you. Secure your trash.
7. Firewood is a ton of work. Be as efficient with your firewood as possible. For example, set up a rocket mass heater, that way you won’t have to cut so much wood.
8. Yurts are better at cold weather than hot weather. Yurts are great in the winter because they hold in the heat so well. The downside is they are very hot in the summer.
9. Temporary is longer than you think. There are always unforeseen problems and circumstances. Don’t expect every temporary situation to be temporary.
10. You can do things you didn’t know you could do. Don’t underestimate yourself. If you’re willing to learn and have a positive attitude, you can do whatever you need to do.