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.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Winter Readiness ~ Before the Snow Flies…

52 degrees outside - 6:26 pm - sky is clear, sun has just set, and the wind is still howling...

I recently read somewhere that winter in the city is to be endured while winter in the country is to be experienced.  That really resonated with me, for some reason.  Most years, although I love looking at and playing in the snow, I’ve grumbled about the cold and the slush but this year, it’s different.  This year will be our first year of actually living off-grid during the winter months. 

The temperatures are dropping, the rain is falling, but we can’t sit back and enjoy the amazing burst of foliage just yet.

Before the snow flies, we need to get our propane tanks installed and filled; clear the ditches along the driveway; service the snow plow and snow mobiles (which belong to our neighbors); stock our vehicles with extra blankets, jumper cables, a tow rope, shovel, along with some snacks and activities for the kids (just in case we get stuck in the snow); stock the pantry; and try to complete as many outside projects on the house as we can before the snow comes.

As long as we have a stocked pantry, a roaring fire and we don’t have to drive anywhere, I say, “let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.”

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