This blog is about living in an off grid home in the mountains of southeast Oklahoma. My goal is to use solar and other forms of alternative energy, grow my own fresh vegetables, and to accomplish as independent and comfortable a lifestyle as practical, and for as little out of pocket expense as possible.
Realizing others may be interested in going off grid or doing something similar; I’ve decided to make an account of what I’ve done, how I did it, and to list some of the hard to find resources I have discovered in the process.
This will be a good resource for those wanting to modify their existing homes for more self reliance, build for self reliance, or for those contemplating living on a fixed retirement income. It will be especially good for those that are thinking about relocating to a rural area but have no experience with the day to day challenges of country living.
It is my idea that the key to living comfortably is to eliminate unnecessary expenses and to minimize the necessary ones. The best way I know to do this is to produce everything for yourself that you can do practically and easily, thereby cutting down on the amount of cash you have to expend for necessities.
This is easier than you might think once you get set up for it and is, for the most part, even enjoyable. There is a sense of security and satisfaction that comes with knowing you are not totally dependent upon someone beyond your control for your comfort and survival that cannot be expressed in words.
Once you experience this, it is difficult to revert back to a life of complete dependence upon the stores or other sources of supply for your every need. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to be completely independent, but everything you can provide or make for yourself reduces the chance of inconvenience due to the lack or expense of a source of supply that you do not control.
When I consider the current state of world affairs, political instability, economic uncertainty, and erratic weather conditions threatening agriculture worldwide, I think it is good advice for anyone to make provisions for themselves and their families in case of supply disruptions or scarcity of supplies.
These are my objectives; to be off grid and self sufficient as much as practical. Your comments are encouraged, either pro or con, and will be treated with respect, because this is how we can all learn. Be warned; I will not use nor tolerate bad language or spam, but your links are welcome if they are relevant (and G-Rated).