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Off Grid Living serves as a gathering place and resource for individuals who share an interest in disconnecting from the grid, whether by choice or necessity.

Off the Grid or off-grid is a characteristic of buildings as well as a lifestyle designed in an independent manner without reliance on one or more public utilities such as the electrical grid, gas, city sewer, and so forth. Off grid living allows for varying levels of self-sufficiency, which is advantageous for multiple reasons such as geographical limitations and environmental impact. Generally, an off-grid property must be able to supply energy and potable water, and ideally would also manage food, waste and wastewater.


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How can I produce or store electricity to use at night

how to make a vertical wind turbine for home use?

hi, i have hybrid 8kw solar system with 18 plates 585w, but i want to make energy at night too.

I thought about wind turbine but seems useless to me after taking some views.

Then, what would be the best way to go off-grid other than solar and government electricity, cause the energy made in the morning got consumed and at night there is no other alternative than battery backup which doesn't run Air conditioner.

5 Comments
2024/06/19
19:20 UTC

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Hydro Power From Large Creek

My in-laws are on an off grid property that backs up to a large creek/small river. My wife and I will be moving out there soon and I was talking with my father in law about hydro power off the creek, which he said he'd thought about doing, but the it has some pretty big level changes when it floods as well as a steep bank (4-5ft) on their side of the creek (roughly going from 30yds across and chest deep, to 100yds across flooding out the neighboring field, and over head deep). The setups ive seen in my research have been on small creeks, and had pretty major elevation changes on the property (which this property doesnt have) to gain momentum before going to the turbine. Does anyone have experience with hydro setups on bigger, shallow elevation change, creeks?

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2024/06/19
19:09 UTC

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Best energy efficient fan for cooling?

I need to find a fan that is powerful yet energy efficient, I have a condition that makes me get heat stroke extremely easily. I need to power a fan with a power bank and need a fan that uses low wattage while being able to cool well. Any help is appreciated.

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2024/06/19
03:33 UTC

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Stay Safe in the City: Urban Evasion Tactics and Strategies

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2024/06/16
15:02 UTC

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10 Must-Know Survival Tips for Every Prepper

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2024/06/14
21:40 UTC

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Prepper Tips for Social Chaos: A Survival Guide

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2024/06/14
00:00 UTC

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What size solar generator system....

Would someone need to power a mobile home 24/7

23 Comments
2024/06/13
00:20 UTC

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Living Off-Grid: 10 Amish Techniques for Modern Survival

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2024/06/11
20:05 UTC

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Very Awake & Adept Couple Building Off Grid Community Northeast USA, SEEKING OTHERS

Very Awake & Adept Couple Building Off Grid Community Northeast USA, SEEKING OTHERS!

We have started an off-grid community in far northeast USA, we are looking for OTHERS, we are looking for a very unique business partner(s), we are looking for friends. If this letter resonates with you in anyway, or if you know someone, please pass it along and reach out to us. Lets have a conversation. 

8 Comments
2024/06/09
18:39 UTC

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Missing Person Braonain McGinnis - Car Found Near AZ Highway US89A

Hello. My friend Braonain McGinnis went missing in Arizona back in December. He is from Maryland and his last confirmed sighting was in Anne Arundel County the day he went missing. He was reported missing 12/21/23. His car was found 1/03/24 by Arizona DPS off highway 89A at mile 570 (between House Rock Valley Road and Jacob Lake near a scenic viewpoint). It is believed to have been there since 12/30/23 (eyewitnesses reportedly saw the car sitting there before this date between December 26-27). There is still no known destination for him.

It might be a longshot but I figured if he went off the grid somewhere in AZ or near that area maybe anyone at all in this community/similar ones could help us or at least point us in some kind of direction. 

Here is a map of the location where his car was found as well as additional pictures of him:

Location of Braonain's abandoned car

Additional photos

Here is the report on Braonain issued by the Coconino County Sheriff's Office: https://coconino.az.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3035

Additionally, his friends and family have a Facebook page where updates and any information can be shared: https://www.facebook.com/share/Wu9bcV1DvazcxuPe/?mibextid=LQQJ4d

If anyone here might have information on his whereabouts, you can contact Coconino County Sheriff's Office at (928) 774-4523.

Thank you.

0 Comments
2024/06/08
21:36 UTC

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Be Ready: Stockpile Critical Supplies for Emergencies

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2024/06/08
17:31 UTC

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Purchased 4 acres from a lumber company

Hi a lumber company sold 4 acres to me from their 20 acre lot. I finally got an engineer out there who said because it’s on a river and in a flood zone that a mound set up is my only option with such a high water table. Considering living off grid on this rural land until I can afford to be on grid prices are really out of budget for any new construction also this would only be a half year kind of living I have a home I just wanted somewhere else to take vacation for 6 months and be free. It’s located in upstate Ny

38 Comments
2024/06/08
08:53 UTC

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Surviving an EMP Attack: What You Really Need to Know

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2024/06/08
00:02 UTC

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Insurance question

Hello fellow off-gridders! Hailing from NE Washington state in the mountains just south of Canada. I have 10 acres that i reside on in the off-winter months (spring, summer, fall). I have no city water, or power, although i do have 3000 gal capacity in cisterns, lots of solar power, and a backup 16kw diesel generator. With that said, no (main stream) insurance company will insure my property for fire & theft.

Has anyone found an insurance company that will insure off-grid property, structures, equipment without city water or grid power?

Thanks in advance!!

17 Comments
2024/06/05
23:42 UTC

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New Offgrid Neighbor ...

2 Comments
2024/06/05
14:09 UTC

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Anyone owning a 2024 fossibot F2400 ? I want to know if the security problems adressed in this article are really solved

0 Comments
2024/06/03
16:07 UTC

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Off Grid Water Solution

We bought a house whose water is supplied by a spring that comes down off of the hill behind us. That spring apparently dries up during the summer, leaving us with no water. We are too close to the ocean to dig a well, they just hit salt water. We are looking to install some sort of water container on the hill above us that we can attach to our house and switch between that in the summer and then the spring in the winter. The issue is that I have no idea what I'm doing, does anyone have experience with this? I would love some insight .

10 Comments
2024/05/30
14:25 UTC

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Greetings from New Zealand

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2024/05/30
10:58 UTC

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Maine homesteading

Anyone homesteading in Maine? How's it going? Do you like it? Any laws that got in your way? Overall thoughts?

1 Comment
2024/05/29
12:34 UTC

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Just bought land from Discount Lots

Well, I just pulled the trigger on some land in Twentynine Palms CA. I myself was very skeptical, and still am. But I did gain a little more confidence after speaking to a sales rep over the phone, that was willing to answer every question I had. I will be posting updates of my dealings with them. I know a lot of people have many questions about this particular subject here in California. I'll do my best to interact, and be as informative as I can.

5 Comments
2024/05/29
08:07 UTC

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Tick treatments?!

We have 15 acres of primarily woods. Now, that we are spending more time out there since buying it, I have realized that ticks are EVERYWHERE. Any suggestions on how to reduce the amount of ticks in such a large area? It’s mostly trees. From the ones I’ve gotten off me and my family, it seems to be Lone Star Ticks. I read things like tick tubes don’t work much, since they don’t really feed on mice. Also, I’m afraid of chickens (don’t ask 😂) and we aren’t there enough to keep guineas or any animals safe from the natural animals. So far, I know the property has deer, rabbits, wild horses, and less commonly bear in the area. I’ve also heard owls and barking of dogs somewhere.

I would like to at least drastically reduce the amount where our house is going to be (should be set up in the next week or two) and the areas we will be most. If I can treat the whole property, I would much prefer it.

I have read some stuff about Permethrin being ok for clothes but not to touch your skin. Could I use this on our outdoor furniture cushions and the hammock as long as we don’t sit on it until it’s dry?

Seriously, any suggestions would be appreciated! We are only there on weekends and plan to be there more during the school breaks.

Also, I want to take my dogs to the property. Would their normal flea and tick treatments from the vet be okay to keep them safe?

*photo is just a view from my hammock… it’s my new happy place! This place would be perfect if it wasn’t for the ticks.

12 Comments
2024/05/27
19:53 UTC

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Mastering Redundancy Planning: The Ultimate Guide

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2024/05/24
15:54 UTC

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Treadmill on rechargeable batteries

Hello. I've been contemplating off-grid living. Is there any motorized treadmill that runs on rechargeable batteries? Or do you guys suggest any modification? What kind of battery is suitable for treadmills (preferably as lite as possible, price is a secondary issue) ?

7 Comments
2024/05/24
14:56 UTC

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Need help

This is all I got done any ideas for my cabin

4 Comments
2024/05/21
17:58 UTC

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What steps would I need to take to live on the bayou In Louisiana on a boat in the middle of nowhere

My fiancé and I are looking to move off grid to the Louisiana bayou and we just don't know where to start we have the boat we just want to live on the water but are unclear as to where to put the boat as well as the permits needed to park it any advice would be greatly appreciated

5 Comments
2024/05/21
07:09 UTC

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Essential Items for Surviving a Crisis

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2024/05/19
17:24 UTC

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Water Filter Systems

I have come across several brands that almost look similar except for the prices. The brands are Berkey, Boroux, USWF amd Pro One. Anyone have any advice on which is better? Thanks in advance.

5 Comments
2024/05/15
02:19 UTC

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