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I'm going to live off-grid. Read my blog and learn how to do it yourself!

Water: drill (dig) your own well

If you don’t have access to water supply network, you can harvest rainwater, or use water you have on-site. If you have access to groundwater, you need to dig or drill a well to be able to use it.

Having your own well is a good idea. It is a reliable source of water, and the water in most cases is clean enough to be potable. So the only investment you need to make is to drill or dig the well, and to pump the water to the surface. (more…)

I just looked at the results of the poll I posted in the sidebar when I launched this blog. I ask there, what are the causes you want to live off-grid. One of the main causes is at the moment the “to reduce utility costs”. When I cast my vote in that poll I didn’t check this option. I simply don’t believe that living off the grid is a good way to reduce utility costs. (more…)

Water: rainwater harvesting

One of the easiest way to obtain water when you’re off the water supply network, is to harvest rainwater. In almost every place on Earth you have some precipitation, if not, you probably won’t be able to live there off  the grid. Water harvesting is so easy I don’t know why it isn’t used everywhere. In cities the rainwater has to be collected and discharged somehow, so IMHO it should be stored and used locally, instead of water from the supply network, to conserve that water. Rainwater harvesting is useful not when you plan to live off the grid! (more…)

Off the water supply network – introduction

Water is supplied to many homes via water supply network. But it might be quite easy to get your water elsewhere, even if you’re living in an urban area. (more…)

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