Simple cheap solar homesteading

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This is a cool little video that we found about living life off the grid. It contains some great information on how to find cheap land, build a cheap home and use solar power to cut your monthly utility bills.  It’s a good introduction to what’s possible, and can be a great start for those who are new to the lifestyle.

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  1. Zedek says:

    Nice video. Cozy place you got there.
    I do have a question though. You mentioned that there is no utilities run to the land, but there really seems to be a marked power pole with a meter base and maybe telephone D-mark. Did it used to have utilities to it?
    thanks man, great post.

  2. Really like your video. Trying to get off the grid. Thanks

  3. April says:

    Very interesting video. My husband and I are interested in building an off-the-grid home in the near future. After being slaves to consumer debt and student loans for two decades, we are ready for financial freedom that only comes when you are a debtor to no one and commit to living BELOW your means. Great work and thanks for the inspiration!

  4. LaMar says:

    @zedek

    My brother had a trailer on this property with power but the pole is no longer connected to the grid. No transformer. It now has my wind turbine on top.

  5. crystal says:

    Thank-you for your time and the video I’m a single mother of three whom has always felt as if I was born in the wrong centry. I want my own place like you have so badly and your site has given me so many good ideas and information. The only other question I have would be what kinds of things have you tried that doesn’t work. Have you made.any mistakes I could learn from?

  6. christina says:

    I am 19 years old and am so happy I found this website and this video when I did. I still live with my parents and me and my boyfriend are wanting our own place now. This would be a much better investment than paying rent in an apartment. We can save up some money buy a small lot of land and start out like this and be perfectly comfortable happy and like you said free! I cant tell you how blessed I am to have found this at a young age. I have a part time job and make work 20 hrs a week, my bf works full time. I have benefits and a 401K already set up, if we lived this way and saved our money the possibilities are endless. Thank you<3

  7. Dean says:

    Love the information. Why did you decide to go with propane? What would be the disadvantage of using a wood stove to heat and cook. Do the solar panels provide enough electricity to run a small window a/c unit? Again, thanks for the great video.

    • Off Grid Survival says:

      This video isn’t actually us it’s a video of some other folks that we have come across.

      I actually prefer the wood stove over using propane as i think it provides a number of advantages.

      • Dave says:

        Wouldn’t a wood stove used for heat and cooking make it way too hot in such a small space?

        • Off Grid Survival says:

          Depends on the size of the stove and a number of other factors. But your right a wood stove, especially in small cabins, can really make things hot but opening up a window can balance things out. You just have to get used to the fact that it’s not a modern furnace where you can set a constant temperature.

        • William says:

          My grandparent’s old home has building called a summer kitchen that was used in the summers for cooking before the house had any modern utilities run to it. (The old outhouse is also still standing.) You could always consider setting up a small shed for the same purpose or do a lot of outside grilling in the summer.

  8. Larry Brockway says:

    Like everyone, sure looks interesting. I think I will give it a try myself. Buy the book is best way to start?

  9. Harry says:

    I have fallen in love with the idea of living off the grid. I am 16 and the idea of getting a “proper job” and “growing up” have started to look more and more like a waste my life. This has helped inspire me, I can’t wait.

  10. Ally says:

    I have been wanting to do this for so long now. I appreciate your video and it has inspired me. I’m 52 my kids are grown and I am trying to sell my house. I’ve been looking at properties in the Northeast and since I’m not a carpenter I’ve been considering just buying a shed and insulating it. I am ready to stop living the conventional life and free myself from the stress of a very materialistic world. Thanks again for your information, it was very helpful. Peace.

  11. Sherry says:

    I am leaving as soon as I find location in West Virginia.

  12. Bgreene says:

    What about property taxes? Or does where you live not have property taxes (tell me where that is please). I have been trying to get off the grid but I live in Kansas and haven’t figured out how to get away from that part

    • phiber101 says:

      I too am originally from Kansas and I don’t think there is any way to get away from property taxes on your land. There will probably also be property taxes on the dwelling depending on the county.

      • Jason says:

        Well, there’s always Puerto Rico if you can stand the heat…

        • Jason says:

          And the bugs… :P

    • Mark says:

      Taxes in a place like that- probably $200/year.

  13. Stephanie says:

    Where is your detailed video on the cabin?

  14. mat says:

    thanks for the vidz, In a few month I will be also of the grid in my forest cabin. very usefull

  15. Marla says:

    You are lucky to have a small piece of land that is surrounded by not much. Small piece of land usually means close neighbors and noise. Your tranquility depends on your neighbors, unless you have large enough property to buffer yourself.

  16. Chris says:

    I live in Wisconsin. How cold can that 350W solar system defeat? $3,000 for a 350W solar power that can survive sub-zero temps??? Can the solar power or a pellet stove keep water pipes from freezing?

  17. Jacob says:

    What about property taxes? Does that apply to homesteading? I live in the city and have a “homestead” on my house which supposedly gives me cheaper annual property tax…. Which is false when compared to my neighbors.

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