Off Grid Living for Beginners
Step-by-Step Guide From Planning To Building a Homestead To Living Off The Land and Become Self Sufficient
by Emma Nora
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 29 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 6 Nov 2021
Leave the chaos of city life for a true feeling of independence and self-sufficiency.
Are you getting increasingly dissatisfied and disillusioned with the nonstop daily grind?
Do you find yourself daydreaming about lakes, forests, trails, and cultivating the land… as your officemates drone on about their favorite movies and awesome video games?
Do you value environmental health, sustainability, renewable energy, and related advocacies more than your conventional-minded friends do?
If these are your realities even while surrounded by the comforts of modern living, you just might be cut out for a wonderful life off the grid!
Home Power Magazine says there are close to 200,000 families living off the grid in the United States.
Worldwide, the figure is estimated to be around 2 billion.
Evidently, there are countless individuals and families who have turned their dream of flourishing off the grid into reality.
Like you, they have longed for a more autonomous, less wasteful, and nature-based lifestyle.
And because they are now living the off-grid dream, it means you can, too.
This comprehensive guide will take you through each strategic step in the process of preparing, building, and finally settling into a healthy and productive life independent from grid technology.
In Off Grid Living for Beginners, you will discover:
* Why living off the grid is an exceedingly viable alternative to the hectic city lifestyle
* The 6-step long-term approach used by successful homestead dwellers that you can adopt to your own situation
* How to practice living off the grid while you’re still completely dependent on grid technology
* How to determine if a land property is ideal for off-grid home building
* How you can stay connected to the outside world from your off-grid home
* Practical instructions for beginners on small-scale agriculture, livestock raising, and other means of living off the land
* Why and how you can live well in a rural setting, even if you’ve always been a city dweller
* How to set up water, energy, heating, cooling, composting systems and more, which are crucial to living off the grid
10+ ways of earning enough income to sustain your off-grid lifestyle
And much more.
The mere prospect of abandoning everything and everyone in the city for an uncertain existence on some rural homestead may be enough to discourage you.
In honest, practical terms, Off Grid Living for Beginners explains each of the different options you can take. You can live off the grid only partially, for instance.
And if you wish to detach completely from grid-technology networks, there are proven strategies for a safe, smooth, and successful transition.
It’s going to be a challenge, certainly. But you will be working toward invaluable, lifelong benefits.
Average rating from 15 members
This is a good overview for folks who think they might like to try off-grid living. It introduces many aspects, some that are often left unconsidered, and goes into a little bit of detail. For someone seriously considering moving off-grid, however, this book is just the tip of the iceberg. They will want to read something that is more detailed, or do more research in that particular topic.
I thought I would like to try off-grid living. After reading this book I realized it is not for me. The book did a great job explaining the derails of living off the grid. Great read.
I received this book for free for an honest review from netgalley #netgalley Very useful information. I was pleasantly surprised.
This is a great guide for people who may be considering living off the grid and seems to be very thorough. It’s definitely not for me but I was really fascinated and impressed by the people who can live, survive and thrive this way.
Despite this being very US-centric, there is a lot of useful, practical information for beginning your journey to living off-grid no matter where you live.
Off Grid Living for Beginners is a general guide to starting planning and list-making and resource gathering to move to an off-grid self-sufficient lifestyle by Emma Nora. Released 27th Sept 2021 it's 132 pages and is available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links throughout. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. For Kindle Unlimited subscribers, this book is currently included in the KU subscription library to borrow and read for free. This is a logically formatted and easy to read guide to planning and troubleshooting.The chapters are arranged thematically: examining readers' own motivations, learning from other's mistakes, minimalism and preparing for change, finding and acquiring property which suits the purpose, building a homestead, making the actul transition, making a living and keeping everything running, and some thoughts about the subsystems of a working farm such as power, water, livestock, etc. The author's style is very informal; more like a casual chat with friends than an actual instruction manual. Because of the arrangement of the chapters, and that the book feels more like an À la carte presentation to be read in sections instead of straight through, some of the information is repeated in relevant locations throughout the book. There are no photographs or illustrations. There are also no tutorials or plans included; they're beyond the scope of the book but many good building plans can be found online or through the library. One place where this book is very strong is the references lists. The author has done a good job of collating and curating references, and this book has a comprehensive annotation and resource lists which will provide readers with many hours of further reading. This would make a good selection for the smallholder's library or for anyone information-gathering before making the commitment to move to a more self-sufficient lifestyle. I've spent the last few decades gardening and doing what I can to increase my own food security and independence (I learned at my grandfather's side), and I still *strongly* recommend getting a mentor and finding like minded folks and resources to get off to the best start, but this book will definitely fill a gap and provide enough information to at least get started. Four stars. Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
As my family has raised Chickens for the past 5 years and find it enjoyable, I found this book to be both encouraging and beneficial If you know nothing about raising Backyard Chickens, here's an opportunity to discover how, why, and if you should contemplate raising these endearing birds.
Anyone who is considering living off-grid should seriously read this book. Whereas there are other books out there that attempt to tackle the topic, few are as comprehensive as this one. And where many other books attempt to give readers all the information they will require to help them go off-grid, this one provides lots of references to do it in style. Anyone who wants to live off-grid right the first time should read this book.
I really appreciate this book and believe this is an optimal place to start for the beginner just as the title states. So, if you were going to pick-up your first book on off-grid living then this is a great place to start. Furthermore, the book is priced perfectly for what you are getting. The writing style is clear and easy to read and should spark anyone’s interest in independent living off the grid. Well done to the author and thank you to NetGalley for this title in exchange for an honest review.
I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley for review and all thoughts and opinions are my own. A clear and informative book on the pros and cons of off grid living. Learn everything you need to know about living a simpler of life away from the hustle and bustle of urban on grid living. Author is clear about the process one must go through to make the decision to leave belongings and city lights behind.
Nora’s book is an informative read which will appeal to anyone considering off-grid living, or indeed wanting to improve their skills living off grid. It’s something that fascinates me so I benefited from reading the book. It’s jam-packed with suggestions, I’d highly recommend it.