If you’re thinking of moving off the grid, here are some cost estimates for building your own off-grid self-sustaining homestead…
Thinking of moving off the grid? You’re not alone! According to the Conservation Institute, over 1.7 billion people around the world live independently of public utilities like electricity and water. In the U.S., around 1/4 of a million people live an off-grid lifestyle. Of course, for some people this is a necessity if public utilities are not available in all areas, but for others, it is a conscious choice to live a more sustainable and self-sufficient lifestyle.
While ditching the grid can save you many thousands of dollars in the long run, getting started can be a costly endeavor. From buying land, to building a home, to setting up your own power generation system, waste disposal, and water source, you can expect to have some rather substantial upfront costs.
The graphic below provides a rough estimate of what you will need to set up your own off-grid self-sustaining homestead, but keep in mind that there are lots of ways to minimize these costs, from choosing a smaller and more energy-efficient home, to doing most of the work yourself whenever possible, and using reclaimed or recycled materials as much as you can.
Off-grid living isn’t for everyone, but if you’re thinking of giving it a go, here are some costs and considerations to keep in mind: