Four Ways to Live ‘Off Grid’
More and more people are becoming aware of their impact on the environment and making conscious efforts to change their everyday habits. Some might be simple changes, such as cutting down on meat consumption or avoiding plastic packaging, but some people have taken things much further.
Living ‘off grid’ refers to a sustainable, self sufficient way of living, which doesn’t rely on power from the main electrical grid. Off grid living is a lifestyle for those who want to be more eco-friendly, self-sufficient or for anyone who simply wants to spend more time in nature. This type of lifestyle can be hard work at first but incredibly rewarding, so if you want to know more, read on for four ways to get started.
Move to a log cabin
Log cabins are an excellent, eco-friendly alternative to traditional housing and they can be built almost anywhere as long as you have a suitable patch of land. They’re also far more affordable and logs offer excellent insulation; perfect for off grid living without a central heating system.
Grow your own food
If you want to be fully self-sufficient then you’ll need to grow your own food and this also cuts down on travel emissions produced by importing food from abroad. Set up a vegetable patch, plant fruit trees and keep chickens for eggs (and meat if you like). Some people even keep their own cows or goats for milk.
Alternative energy sources
Off grid living means that you’re not connected to mains electricity, heating and water supplies, so you’ll need to find alternatives. Many people install solar panels to generate electricity and ground heat pumps for heating. You can also use water tanks to catch rainwater or even make use of nearby springs and streams.
Install a septic tank
Living off grid doesn’t mean that you need to give up all mod cons, but you will need to install a septic tank to process your wastewater. These systems are used by anyone not connected to the main sewer system to store and treat wastewater from toilets, taps, showers and washing machines. They’ll need to be professionally emptied roughly once every one to three years, but otherwise they’re a fully self contained, efficient system.
If you’re looking for the perfect accommodation to begin your life off grid, get in touch with the experts at Northern Log Cabins. We’re proud to offer high quality, fully habitable log cabins, available in a range of sizes or bespoke designs. We offer a complete service, including design, delivery and construction and can work with you to design a cabin that suits all your requirements. For more information about our residential log cabins, give us a call today or visit our website.