Today is the 2 week mark for me staying on a 20 acre piece of property I own in Kentucky. I am as “off the grid” as one can get. Remember, “off the grid” does not mean doing everything by hand or not using power tools or modern electronics. “Off the grid” means not being tied into the electrical grid or the city water system. I guess if you don’t get an electric bill or a water bill you are “off the grid.” Even the nicest motorhomes when not plugged into an electric supply are “off the grid.”
There have been some small challenges but all in all it has been great seeing that it is possible and not that difficult. As I mentioned before, water and power are your two big concerns.
I have been collecting rainwater in tanks and purifying it with chlorine for washing cloths and showering. It’s a gravity supplied water system with no heat. It has worked great because we have had a lot of rain this summer and the temps have been hot. So even for showering the water temp has been pretty warm. For drinking water, I have a Berkey Water Filter.
For power, I have a Truck Camper that has all the necessary lights, fans, stove etc… for daily needs. To charge the Camper battery system, I can run the truck’s diesel engine or I can hook up to a generator I have and run it for an hour or so for a full charge on the Camper battery.
To cook, I have a LP stove / oven in the Camper and a small multi-fuel one burner stove (camping stove) that I can run on liquid fuel.
Comfort…. The only thing I have missed is air-conditioning. But to be true to my experiment, I have not slept in a home with air-conditioning in the past 2 weeks. There have only been 2 nights that were hot enough to make sleeping difficult. Kentucky weather is crazy, last week it got into the mid-90s one afternoon and last night got down to the mid-40s? Go figure?
Lots of work to do….. gotta go…. an axe and some logs have my name on them…..
The finches have enjoyed the new thistle in the bird feeder.