As technology and automation becomes more and more integrated into human society, many people are taking advantage of the associated benefits. However, not everyone is so pleased. As a matter of fact, certain individuals are choosing to adopt minimalist lifestyles and habits. Some people even opt to live off the grid, soak up nature, and take a detox from technology.
While living off the grid has its particular upsides for interested individuals, it is not a decision which can be made at the drop of a dime. Nine times out of ten, such a drastic lifestyle alteration demands a concrete plan; financial preparation is absolutely paramount. Thankfully, there are certain steps which can be taken so that one's time off the grid is as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
Many people who choose to live off the grid often forget that this lifestyle does not translate to living free-of-charge. Even if one decides to forgo the use of electricity, they will still require access to utilities such as water and heat. Each and every living individual requires water; water is needed to drink, wash clothes, bathe/shower, etc. Therefore, anyone who considers going off the grid should invest in a well and septic. Both of the aforementioned items will
amount to roughly $12,000
Next comes heat. Heat is a paramount utility which one will have to pay a pretty penny for if they are serious about off the grid living. This particular utility is generally used for cooking, heating water, etc. Heat is also critical for staying warm and not catching pnemounia during the winter time. Therefore, both propane and wood are necessary items to ensure that the individual has the proper resources to remain warm. Propanes usually amount to $4,400 while wood is slightly cheaper, coming to about $4,000.
Regarding utilities alone, living off the grid is not cheap. It requires a considerable degree of planning, investing, and preparing. This type of lifestyle cannot usually occur at the drop of a dime. At the end of the day, there is no escaping the reality that everything in life comes with a cost, in one form or another.
While utilities are important resources (even for those who aspire to live off the grid), there are
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Access to food, waste disposal, and personal security are things which people usually take for granted. Those who are interested in living off the grid would do well to learn how to naturally grow fruits and vegetables. Moreover, hunting, fishing, or stocking up on a considerable amount of canned goods are also options regarding food.
Furthermore, the ability to cleanly and effectively dispose of waste is something which most individuals don't really think of. However, when one lives off the grid, they truly must fend for themselves in virtually every sense. Thankfully, there are a series of options for various forms of waste disposal. Latrines, outdoor toilets, composting, and even burning with fire can serve as appropriate means of doing away with waste.
Last, but certainly not least, comes personal security. Living off the grid is great, but regardless of where one goes, there are still dangers in the world. Having the proper precautions in place against criminals, predatory animals, and even dangerous insects is certainly something that one should have set up for themselves prior to the commencement of living off the grid.
By Gabrielle Seunagal