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7 Ways to Go Off-Grid Without Leaving the Subdivision

By    |   Tuesday, 19 Jul 2016 03:46 PM

Fears about cyberattacks taking down the power grid, skyrocketing energy costs, or natural disasters may have you wondering how to go off-grid. Many experts suggest moving to a rural location to go off-grid, but if you can’t afford to move or don’t want to leave your suburban location, there are still options.

Off-grid is more than just not using a power network. It also refers to being self-sufficient as far as food, water, and transportation.

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Here are some ways to live off the grid even in the middle of suburbia or even in an urban area.

1. Buy bicycles. Having a bike for each member of your family will allow you to get through gas shortages or just leave less of an environmental footprint than a car. An alternative mode of transportation is the bus system, but this may be unreliable in the case of disaster, says Off the Grid News.

2. Grow food. Having some land on which to plant a garden is ideal, but container gardening or vertical gardening can provide lots of food even if your plot is tiny. You will probably not be able to produce all your food yourself, so the best off-grid solution is to buy as much as you can from local farms rather than chain supermarkets.

3. Recycle and reuse. You may not be allowed to cancel your trash collection in a residential area, but you can cut down on the amount of trash your household produces by composting food trash (not meat and dairy), recycling, and repurposing old things as much as possible.

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4. Install solar or wind energy. The price tag for installing alternative energy is considerable, but there may be tax credits available to help offset these costs, and some companies offer financing that can be paid with the money saved on monthly electric, oil, and gas bills.

5. Install a wood stove for heat. If all electricity goes away, one of the biggest concerns is how to heat your home. A wood stove provides a renewable, free way to heat your home enough to get through a cold winter without electricity, if necessary, and can lower your energy bills in the meantime.

6. Collect rainwater. A simple barrel system will provide water for some or all your household needs should the city water system become unreliable or inoperable.

7. Stockpile resources. Having a stockpile of food, supplies, and cash will help you stay alive if you are cut off from your job or if the stores start to run out of stock, says Off the Grid News. Ammunition for your gun(s) is another item you may want to stockpile to protect you if needed.

Whether your purpose is environmental or emergency planning, going off-grid helps keep you in control.

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Fears about cyberattacks taking down the power grid, skyrocketing energy costs, or natural disasters may have you wondering how to go off-grid. Many experts suggest moving to a rural location to go off-grid, but if you don’t want to leave your suburban location, there are still options.
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