Why We Created This Website: Living Off The Grid
This website is dedicated to those who wish for a more environmentally friendly life, Living Off The Grid. A simple life of greater freedom from the ‘system’ in which we are all encouraged to live. There is an alternative way to live your life with freedom and independence.
What Is Living Off The Grid?
The term Living Off The Grid refers to not being connected to a grid, mainly used in terms of not being connected to the main power grid facility for electricity. Power can be supplied by your own stand-alone systems using wind, water turbine or solar power sources. The term Living Off The Grid (LOTG) can refer to living in a self-sufficient manner without reliance on one or more municipal services.
Off-the-grid homes are fully or almost fully independent of external help, services and needs; they do not rely on civil or domestic water supply, sewerage management, waste management, natural gas, electrical power grid, and other utility services. A fully off-grid house is able to operate completely independently of all external services – Living Off The Grid.
Whilst building and creating an almost fully self sufficient and sustainable home of our own, we were saddened to see that there wasn’t much information out there on the internet for ‘everyday’ people to access to build a Living Off The Grid self sufficient or sustainable home of their own. That is how this website was conceived and created.
We turned to self sufficiency books and quickly became enthralled by the idea of Living Off The Grid, self sufficiency and sustainable living. We have many friends who have either begun or who dream of one day becoming more self sufficient themselves after inspiration found in Living Off The Grid self sufficiency books.
John Seymour’s “Complete Book Of Self Sufficiency” was read by my husband as a child and his parents bought him “The New Complete Book Of Self Sufficiency” as a birthday present a few years ago. It is a book that is hard to put down. John Seymour’s life and knowledge was an incredible contribution to Living Off The Grid, self sufficiency, sustainability and agriculture.
After reading John Seymour’s book we both started doing more to educate friends and family about the steps we had taken with our own (almost) self sustainable cottage on 70 acres of land in a rural area of Australia. We also began to educate ourselves further to make more changes with small things that we were doing to encourage our life to be less reliant on ‘the system’ for all of our needs.
Our self sufficient cottage in the bush has a solar power system with a backup generator that is never needed. The generator was from back in the days that we were building the compound area before we had the solar system.
The cottage also has two 22500 litre rain water tanks. One is for the house and the other one is a local council requirement for bush fire fighting. The house tank has never been lower than 75% full and the fire fighting tank has only been used for some garden purposes.
Sewerage is taken care of with a very swish composting toilet, that looks like a real toilet and even uses a little water for flushing purposes. Waste is sent through a pipe to a composting chamber than is emptied every 6 months into the garden. If looked after properly (which isn’t hard), the system never smells.
We have taken self sufficiency in the home further with small steps like a vegetable and herb patch, and chickens for eggs. Another important step is a good food composting system. I love my tumbleweed. Once you get the hang of a few things, you can begin to add more eco-friendly and self sufficient things to your home slowly.