The Top Off Grid Living Myths Debunked

The Truth About Living Off the Grid: What You Need to Know Before You Go

Don’t Let These Off Grid Living Myths Stop You from Pursuing Your Dream

Finally, we’re taking this one head on. The desire to go off grid, even part time, has exploded over the last few years. But some folks got it all wrong.

We see the research trends online, read the comments across our social media accounts, in the comments here on our website and even notice it in the news. Are you one of those folks dreaming of living off the grid? Do you want to escape the rat race, maybe reduce your environmental impact, and enjoy a simpler and more self-reliant lifestyle? If so, join the growing party. Many people share your vision and passion for this alternative way of living. 

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But you may also feel overwhelmed by the challenges and uncertainties that come with it. You may wonder if you have what it takes to make it happen, or if you will regret leaving behind the comforts and conveniences of modern life. You may have heard some myths and misconceptions that make living off the grid seem impossible or undesirable. In this blog post, we will bust some of the most common and persistent myths about living off the grid. We will use facts, statistics, examples, and testimonials from real off-grid dwellers who have made it happen. By the end of this post, you will have a clearer and more realistic picture of what living off the grid entails. Hopefully, you will be inspired to take action and give it a try.

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Myth #1 Living Off Grid Is Illegal

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Some people think that living off the grid is illegal or requires a lot of permits and paperwork.

They think that living off the grid means living in a remote and secluded location, without any connection to the public utilities, such as electricity, water, sewage, and gas. This is not true for all off-grid dwellers. Living off the grid can mean different things to different people, depending on their preferences, needs, and goals. For example, there are folks that live in solar-powered tiny homes on wheels in a suburban neighborhoods, where they can still access some public services, such as garbage collection, internet, or phone. They chose this lifestyle because they wanted to reduce their environmental footprint, save money, and have more flexibility and mobility. On the other hand, some may live in a yurt in a remote forest, where they rely on rainwater, wood, and solar panels for their basic needs. They chose this lifestyle because they wanted to reconnect with nature, live more simply, and be more self-sufficient. 

We do have a pretty amazing solar system to provide year round power and wouldn’t be without it. We wrote a complete guide for getting started with solar called Harnessing The Sun a Beginners Guide to Off-Grid Solar.

Harness The Sun A Beginners Guide To Off Grid Solar System

The legality and feasibility of living off the grid depend on the location, the type of property, and the level of off-gridness. Each country, state, province, county, and municipality has its own laws and regulations regarding zoning, building codes, land use, environmental protection, and public health and safety. Before deciding to live off the grid, it is important to do your research and consult with the local authorities and experts. You need to find out what is allowed and what is not, and what are the requirements and procedures to get the necessary permits and approvals. For example, some areas may allow you to install solar panels, wind turbines, or rain barrels, but others may not. Some areas may require you to have a septic system, a well, or a backup generator, but others may not. Some areas may allow you to build a tiny house, a yurt, or a cabin, but others may not. Some areas may have minimum square footage, insulation, or ventilation standards, but others may not. Some areas may have property taxes, fees, or inspections, but others may not.

Living off the grid does not mean living outside the law or the society. It means living in harmony with the environment and the community, while respecting the rules and regulations that are in place for the common good and the public interest. Living off the grid is legal and possible in most countries and regions, as long as you follow the local laws and regulations and respect the environment and the community.

Why this myth is false

  • Living off the grid can mean different things to different people, depending on their preferences, needs, and goals.
  • The legality and feasibility of living off the grid depend on the location, the type of property, and the level of off-gridness.
  • Living off the grid is legal and possible in most countries and regions, as long as you follow the local laws and regulations and respect the environment and the community.

How to overcome this myth

  • Do your research and consult with the local authorities and experts before deciding to live off the grid.
  • Find out what is allowed and what is not, and what are the requirements and procedures to get the necessary permits and approvals.
  • Live in harmony with the environment and the community, while respecting the rules and regulations that are in place for the common good and the public interest.

What living off the grid really means (Legality)

  • Living off the grid means choosing a lifestyle that suits your preferences, needs, and goals, while being mindful of the legal and practical implications of your choices.
  • Living off the grid means being more independent and self-sufficient, but also more responsible and accountable for your actions and impacts.
  • Living off the grid means being more connected to nature and yourself, but also more aware and respectful of the environment and the community.

Myth #2 Living Off Grid Is Expensive

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Another myth that discourages people from living off the grid is that it is expensive and requires a lot of upfront investment and maintenance costs.

They think that living off the grid means buying a large piece of land, building a custom-made home, and installing expensive and complex systems, such as solar panels, wind turbines, batteries, inverters, generators, pumps, filters, and more. This is not true for all off-grid dwellers. Living off the grid can be affordable and sustainable, if you plan carefully, use renewable energy sources, recycle and reuse materials, and adopt a minimalist and frugal lifestyle.

Our cabin may have all the amenities of home, but we are 100% off the grid. And it didn’t break the bank either. In total we paid $20k for our land. Another $20k for all our building materials and then another $4k for our solar system. You may want to read up on how to read up on how to choose the best off-grid land to buy with out guide called 3 Steps to Choose the Best Location and Land.

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Here are some tips and tricks on how to save money and resources while living off the grid:

  • Plan carefully and budget wisely before deciding to live off the grid. Compare the costs and benefits of different options, such as renting or buying land, building or buying a home, and installing or using existing systems. Consider the long-term savings and expenses, such as monthly bills, fees, taxes, maintenance, repairs, or replacements.
  • Use renewable energy sources, such as solar panels, wind turbines, or rain barrels, to power your home and reduce your dependence on fossil fuels. Learn how to install, operate, and maintain your own renewable energy systems, or hire a professional to do it for you. Monitor your energy consumption and adjust your usage accordingly.
  • Recycle and reuse materials, such as wood, metal, or plastic, to build your home and reduce your waste and environmental impact. Look for second-hand or salvaged materials, or use natural or local materials, such as straw, clay, or stone. Be creative and resourceful with what you have and what you can find.
  • Adopt a minimalist and frugal lifestyle, by living in a smaller space, owning fewer possessions, and spending less on unnecessary items. Declutter your home and your life, and only keep what you need and love. Shop smartly and ethically, and avoid impulse buying or wasteful spending. Make your own products or services, or barter or trade with others.

One thing we do all year long is keep a list of the items we want and wait till Black Friday, Cyber Monday or another special time of the year for online deals come around and so all our major shopping then. This year we decided to write up a special guide called How To Score The Top 10 Off-Grid Living Essentials for Cheap on Black Friday and Cyber Monday to help folks find the best deals on line and not just on block Friday or cyber Monday.

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The cost of living off the grid varies depending on the location, the size and type of property, the level of off-gridness, and the lifestyle choices. Some off-grid dwellers may spend more money upfront to buy land, build a home, and install systems, but save money in the long run by avoiding monthly bills, fees, and taxes. Others may spend less money upfront by renting land, buying a pre-made home, or using existing systems, but pay more money in the long run by paying rent, fees, or taxes. Some off-grid dwellers may spend more money on maintenance, repairs, or replacements, but others may spend less money by doing it themselves, using durable and reliable materials, or having backup plans. Some off-grid dwellers may spend more money on food, water, fuel, or entertainment, but others may spend less money by growing their own food, harvesting their own water, using renewable energy, or finding free or cheap entertainment.

When we first began looking for off grid land to buy we came across a little slice of heaven that we fell in love with. Lake front access, no one around for miles, very quiet, lots of wildlife and best of all… a little typo ended up saving us $20K! We wrote a short story about how we got our land for half price

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Living off the grid does not mean living in poverty or deprivation. It means living within your means and according to your values, while optimizing your resources and reducing your expenses. Living off the grid can be affordable and sustainable, if you plan carefully, use renewable energy sources, recycle and reuse materials, and adopt a minimalist and frugal lifestyle. 

Why this myth is false

  • Living off the grid can be affordable and sustainable, if you plan carefully, use renewable energy sources, recycle and reuse materials, and adopt a minimalist and frugal lifestyle.