What do you want to know about off-grid living and living a self-sufficient life

Jump to Last Post 1-9 of 9 discussions (18 posts)
  1. LongTimeMother profile image94
    LongTimeMotherposted 5 years ago

    What do you want to know about off-grid living and living a self-sufficient lifestyle?

    I am about to begin my next batch of articles about my experiences living off the grid. I know lots of people cover issues from a 'theoretical' viewpoint, and many hubs provide good information. To be most helpful, I'm thinking I should try to address "What's it really like to ...." or "How does it really work when ..."

    Anything you'd like me to specifically address about living off the grid, solar power, organic gardening, bathroom issues, cooking off-grid, etc?

    I can happily just write as I have in past hubs, but do you have any specific fears or concerns that you'd like me to address?

    https://usercontent2.hubstatic.com/7816561_f260.jpg

  2. Georgie Lowery profile image93
    Georgie Loweryposted 5 years ago

    I would like to know where to start with a very limited budget. It's definitely something I'm interested in.

    1. LongTimeMother profile image94
      LongTimeMotherposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Okay, Georgie. I can do that.
      There are lots of things people think you're going to need that you don't. when you start out. I have actually begun making notes for exactly this question. smile

    2. DemiT profile image74
      DemiTposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I would like to know the exact same thing! Thanks and looking forward to the new hubs.

    3. LongTimeMother profile image94
      LongTimeMotherposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Here's a starting point. I have just finished writing this hub. Something I believe every home off (and on) grid should have.

      http://longtimemother.hubpages.com/hub/ … the-summer

  3. sunflowerforests profile image77
    sunflowerforestsposted 5 years ago

    Hi.  I would like to know how much outside help did it take to become "off the grid" and how much outside help does it take to maintain that lifestyle too.  By outside help, I mean anything you didn't do on your very own.  I would love to live this way, but will be doing it by myself, so I'd like to know just exactly what I might need.  Thanks so much for writing about this topic! I am very interested to read your other hubs too, and you may have already told some of what I am asking, so I will start reading.  Thanks!

    1. LongTimeMother profile image94
      LongTimeMotherposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Good question. I hear you.

      I'll definitely address it because I know that some things wouldn't be possible here if my husband and I weren't working as a team. That doesn't mean they wouldn't get done. It would just be a bit more difficult.  smile

  4. peeples profile image93
    peeplesposted 5 years ago

    I would love to know what food to prioritize for having at home. I'd love to know the typical menu for living off the grid. We grow a lot of veggies but I still have tons of food I have to buy at the grocery store. So I'd like to learn how to minimize what I'm buying by having an idea of some meals that can be made just with homegrown food. I tend to plant the basics or stuff I can't use.
    Another idea I'd like to learn is the care for goats to use for milk. Really I have lots of questions, but I won't be greedy and I'll just leave it with these for right now. smile

    1. LongTimeMother profile image94
      LongTimeMotherposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I will dig out my goat photos and goat soap recipe. lol.
      Cygnetbrown has raised goats. I'm not sure why I know that, and I'm not sure if she's yet written a hub about them. Hopefully she'll be along soon with some input. smile

  5. LongTimeMother profile image94
    LongTimeMotherposted 5 years ago

    peeples,

    I ran out of characters in the comments box. More about the goats ... I notice that maryeaudet has written about goats and because there's lots more subjects I could be more helpful about (in other words, I'll probably take a while to get around to goats) I'll put a couple of her links here.

    http://maryeaudet.hubpages.com/hub/Heri … k_and_Meat
    Here's one on making goat's milk cheeses.
    http://maryeaudet.hubpages.com/hub/Chee … lk-Cheeses
    The photos in this hub should really inspire you! I'm still laughing at the memories of milking. lol.
    http://maryeaudet.hubpages.com/hub/A_Ty … e_Homested

    Your question about homegrown foods and menus, that's one I could sink my teeth into sooner!!

    Thanks.

    1. peeples profile image93
      peeplesposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks so much. Lots for me to read now. We are trying very hard to minimize the amount of outside resources we are using and it's A LOT of work! So there is lots left to learn. Looking forward to reading more of your hubs!

    2. LongTimeMother profile image94
      LongTimeMotherposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You're welcome. One of the things I very quickly learned when living off the grid is just how frustrating it is when I discover that the 'standard advice' for something (ie what most people will tell you) really has no relevance in my world. lol.

  6. LongTimeMother profile image94
    LongTimeMotherposted 5 years ago

    How do you keep warm in the winter without electricity? Can you keep cool without ac during a summer heat wave? What if your home loses power for more than a day? An illustrated guide to my solution. read more

    1. LongTimeMother profile image94
      LongTimeMotherposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I strongly recommend this idea as a basic precaution whether you are off grid or on. In an emergency when you have no heating, no cooling, no power etc, I suspect you will thank me for this hub. lol.

  7. LongTimeMother profile image94
    LongTimeMotherposted 5 years ago

    Helpful hints about off grid kitchen appliances and utensils for cooking off the grid. This is how I cook in my off-grid kitchen. Illustrated guide. read more

    1. LongTimeMother profile image94
      LongTimeMotherposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      This hub contains my views on what makes a workable kitchen for cooking off the grid. Hope it helps. smile

  8. LongTimeMother profile image94
    LongTimeMotherposted 4 years ago

    We live off the grid so we harvest and store our own rainwater.  Here's how we set up water storage tanks to collect enough rain to supply our home and gardens. Instructions and photos. read more

  9. BizGenGirl profile image90
    BizGenGirlposted 3 years ago

    Here's a few questions for ya that I've been contemplating...

    1. What are some hearty autumn and winter veggies and fruits that can be grown in areas that get rather wet and moderately cold (Such as Western Washington, where temps can dip down to the high 20's and are usually in the mid 30's-40's throughout the fall and winter).

    2. What kind of livestock animals are the best companions and providers of resources when you're off the grid? (ex: goats, cows, chickens, etc...)

    3. What are the best places in america to get off the grid?

    4. What are the best ways to earn an income enough to cover property taxes and any other small needs you might still need to procure off the stead from time to time?

    Looking forward to your hubs! smile

 
working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)