Homesteading for Beginners: Resources to Start your Self-Reliant Living Adventures
Deciding to start a homestead off-the-grid, or even semi-off-the-grid takes a lot of time and research, along with meticulous planning. You can't just pack up and start building on remote piece of land and expect it to work.
Recently, my wife and I have decided that homesteading is something we would like to explore as a housing option in the future. To that end, I've been putting together a list of websites and resources that have proven helpful in my own research.
What follows is a list of resources to help you get your bearings in the world of homesteading. Think of it as a jumping off point for your journey towards personal and financial independence. I hope you find it helpful.
Also, feel free to check back often. As I find resources, I'll add them here.
General Homesteading Websites and Publications
Off-Grid reports on the people, technologies, events and influences throughout the global off-grid community.
Mother Earth News is the most popular and longest running sustainable-lifestyle magazine.
Homestead.org is the homesteader’s free library.
Life Unplugged is a guide to living off grid with alternative energy on the modern homestead.
Off Grid Survival is a resource for people who are interested in survival topics and off-grid living.
Backwoods Home Magazine is a magazine highlighting practical ideas for self-reliant living.
Living Off the Grid provides how-to videos that teach you the DIY skills needed to install or troubleshoot your own renewable energy resources, reflective blog entries about the off-grid lifestyle, in-depth articles and industry news about topics from solar power to organic gardening.
Selfsufficientish is the urban guide to becoming self sufficient ‘ish’
Countryside & Small Stock Journal is a magazine where homesteaders share a wide variety of experiences and ideas about simple, sustainable, country living.
A Self Sufficient Life is a blog about self sufficient living.
General Homesteading Articles
Building a Homestead Resources
Getting Energy to your Homestead Resources
Backwoods Solaroffers personal attention for owner-builders who design and construct their own homes and power systems as well as work with smaller installers across the globe. See their article page.
US Department of Energy: The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) invests in clean energy technologies that strengthen the economy, protect the environment, and reduce dependence on foreign oil.
National Renewable Energy Laboratoryfocuses on creative answers to today's energy challenges. From fundamental science and energy analysis to validating new products for the commercial market, NREL researchers are dedicated to transforming the way the world uses energy.
Homesteading Zoning, Laws and Tax Resources
Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, federal, local, and utility incentives and policies that support renewable energy and energy efficiency.
EPA: Green Building Funding Opportunities provides links to help you find a variety of funding sources including grants, tax-credits, loans, or others.