3 Steps Towards Your Dream of Living off Grid

Do you secretly harbour dreams of living a self-sufficient life off-grid? Well, you're not alone; what was once a nice idea is now growing in popularity. You may not be ready to take the big step quite yet, but you can start making small steps towards that goal. With these 3 suggestions, you not only move closer to independent living, but you also reduce your carbon footprint and can start saving money on your bills. All the money you save can be used to store away for your off-grid future.

Creating Solar Energy

1.4 million Australians currently have solar panels on their roofs. With the cost of solar energy equipment dropping, this number is likely to keep growing. The strong sunshine and expected drop in battery prices mean the conditions have never been more ideal for generating your own energy. Panels can be used for solar hot water systems, with excess energy being stored in a battery and used to power smaller devices around your home overnight. This enables you to cut energy bills by a substantial amount.

Collecting Rainwater

Choosing to install a rainwater tank helps the environment and saves you money. Depending on your location, rainwater could potentially lower your water bill by up to 100%. The greater your rainwater usage, the more you save on your bill. A well designed and managed system could potentially supply water for the vast majority of your domestic needs. Health department recommendations say that people should use public reticulated water for drinking and cooking as it has been filtered and treated. It is possible to use your rainwater for drinking, but you need to maintain your water tank to the highest standard. You can also combine solar energy and rainwater by installing solar hot water systems

Growing Food

Growing your own food can be a satisfying pastime and a money saver. You won't need to grow enough to live off of yet, so you can ease yourself into the task and learn as you go along. There's a lot of fruit and veggies you can grow in your backyard without too much work. As you gain experience of growing, you can add to the lists of foods you produce. If you don't want to spend too much time tending your plants, or space is at a premium, start growing in pots. Growing in containers allows you the freedom to move your plants around and can result in a tidier garden. Vertical planters are a great option for those with limited space. These planters come ready-made, or you can make your own using new or recycled wood.