There is a growing trend across America to live life off the grid—also known as homesteading. Just a decade ago, it was estimated that at least a quarter of a million people in the United States had embraced this lifestyle, says Wikipedia.org. With the boom in pop culture and media, off the grid living has probably grown exponentially.
It may be difficult even to imagine life without modern conveniences. Homesteading was not a novelty to our ancestors. They knew how to raise their food and live comfortably without electricity, running water, cars, or power tools. If you are considering leaving the grid, here are some interesting characteristics about the lifestyle:
Alternate Sources of Power
Believe it or not, it is possible to live without electricity. People used candles and lanterns for millennia before Franklin and Edison. There are a couple of ways that you can power your house without shelling out to the electric company each month. Many homesteaders choose solar panels for electricity. Although the setup can be costly, it will more than pay for itself with a lack of utility bills. Wind and hydropower are often used to supplement solar powers. The second choice people consider is generators; however, battery power is preferred over gasoline models.
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Becoming Your Grocery Store
How easy it is to jump in your car and get all your food at the grocery store! The generations before us did not have this luxury. They also did not have the problems with obesity and cardiovascular disease as much as we do. The Center for Disease Control reports that 36.5% of Americans are overweight or obese.
Our grocery stores are filled with processed food that is laden with fat and artificial ingredients, states bodyecology.com. Most of our meat comes from industrial farms that practice extreme animal cruelty. They also pump the meat up with dangerous growth hormones.
Modern-day homesteaders eschew most grocery stores and opt for raising their food. You can easily grow your fruits and vegetables in a garden. When you serve your whole family foods from your garden, you know that they are getting foods free from hormones and artificial ingredients. Learning how to can and preserve your food creates food storage for the whole year.
Raising farm animals off the grid ensures that they are treated well and receive healthy food. When they are humanely butchered, you can have fresh meats that do not have all the added junk like the meat in grocery stores. Meats can be preserved in your pantry, also.
A Culture of Do It Yourself
You learn how to do a lot of things for yourself when you are a homesteader. There are many traditional skills that you can learn to provide for your family. Many homesteaders have learned how to knit, crochet, and sew to make clothes and other household items. Woodworking is a valuable skill for building and making furniture. Instead of buying cleaning products, you can learn how to make your own with natural ingredients. Just about anything you need can be made by you and your family.
Going off the grid is not an easy decision. It requires that you do more to live without less. In the long run, you will have a safer home and a lifestyle that you and your family will love.