Some people may not know what off-the-grid or off-grid means, so here it is --- The term off-the-grid or off-grid refers to living in a self-sufficient manner without reliance on one or more public utilities.

Off-grid living is no longer a one room log cabin in the woods. It's energy independency. You don't have to rely on utility companies, you create your own power. Today, there are more than 180,000 off-grid homes in the US.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Our First Blog Post...

9:49 am - 51 degrees outside - clear blue sky, slightly windy... fall is here.

When we tell people that we are building a house off-grid, people don't seem to know what exactly that means... so here it is:

The term off-the-grid or off-grid refers to living in a self-sufficient manner without reliance on one or more public utilities.

In our case we have no public utilites whatsoever!  A few years ago, we purchased 22 acres in the mountains (we are at about 2,200 feet elevation) in Southwest Washington and have already started to build our home.  We will be creating our own energy with mostly hydro and wind power.  The energy that is created is stored in a battery bank, then it goes into an inverter that converts the electricity back to 110V that powers our home just like any other home.  Water will come from a well and propane will power the gas appliances and a back-up generator.

With this blog we will let you know how the progress of building a home off-grid is going and what off-grid living is like.  Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Forgot to mention the spectacular view from your property:) Are you going to be posting pictures to the blog (not sure if possible)?

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