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, January 5, 2011

More Lessons Learned…


36 degrees outside - 7:56 pm - cold, windless, rainy night...

We are only one third of our way through winter and have already learned some valuable lessons.  Instead of spending more time working on the house, we have spent time cutting, splitting and hauling firewood (since we guestimated wrong on how much we would need) or dealing with the snow and ice (the last mile of the county road is covered in a sheet of ice).  We will also need to re-grade the driveway this spring to give it a more even incline.  This winter we have had a handful of days were it took us several tries to get out of our driveway due to snow or ice.

Said once and we’ll say it again, the only way to learn is by doing, especially when we are talking about building and living in the mountains off-grid!

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