Simple cheap solar homesteading

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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30 Comments

  1. Zedek
    February 25, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    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.

    • paul
      January 26, 2015 at 7:36 pm

      thats great, as soon as i am financially capable, i am buying a small house, and starting my quest for off the grid living.
      does anyone know about the videos ‘power4patriots’
      is it worth the money to spend, they are selling the whole pack for 27.00

  2. judy morales
    June 25, 2010 at 8:45 am

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

  3. April
    October 22, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    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!

    • james
      June 2, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      me and my wife are both disabled and we have been talking about living off the grid.

  4. LaMar
    June 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    @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
    August 8, 2011 at 10:05 am

    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
    September 7, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    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
    January 28, 2012 at 10:29 am

    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.

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      Off Grid Survival
      January 28, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      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
        April 3, 2013 at 8:47 am

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

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          Off Grid Survival
          April 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm

          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
          July 21, 2014 at 11:28 pm

          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
    December 12, 2012 at 7:47 pm

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

  9. Harry
    December 29, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    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
    December 30, 2012 at 7:12 am

    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
    January 13, 2013 at 7:21 am

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

  12. Bgreene
    January 15, 2013 at 8:09 am

    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
      January 19, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      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
        March 22, 2013 at 4:16 pm

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

        • Jason
          March 22, 2013 at 4:20 pm

          And the bugs… :P

        • jr
          October 31, 2014 at 5:51 pm

          you need a concrete house walls and roof due to tropical storms had a co worker from there

    • Mark
      May 22, 2014 at 9:29 am

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

  13. Stephanie
    June 2, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Where is your detailed video on the cabin?

  14. mat
    December 30, 2013 at 9:55 am

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

  15. Marla
    January 31, 2014 at 5:34 am

    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
    March 16, 2014 at 3:13 am

    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
    July 27, 2014 at 7:59 am

    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.

    • jr
      October 31, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      Florida has homestead takes a chunk off property tax and limiter raising assessments, but in the built up and incorporated areas the city’s and fire districts are going around the rules by taxing utilities, and placing fees we have trash, fire (in court) and storm water fees without homestead our taxes would be like up north punitive

  18. james
    September 1, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    NH has no property taxes and is a live free or die state. NH is one state that will never lay down to our govt’s tyranny. You know what is about to hit the fan soon- get ready-now.

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