Imagine … you’re living on your own with your little family and pet, without worrying about this world and particularly, away from the typical hectic routine.
You get to lead a flexible life depending on your personal choices while having minimal impact on the environment.
Off-grid living really does sound like a fantastic idea, doesn’t it?
OK, so let’s suppose you do plan to go off-grid.
You’re daydreaming about the peaceful life you’ll be living. But … It’s all fun and games until the practical planning starts, and you’re like “Holy smokes! Where exactly am I gonna be living?”
Well, that is precisely why you and I are here today.
We’re going to be talking about how you can make the best choice about your off-grid location, considering the available resources you have and a handful of other factors.
So, without further due, let’s dig right in!
Why Does the Off-Grid Location Matter? – I’m CURIOUS.
The location you choose for your off-grid stay matters just like the area of your regular housing does – it has a massive say in your experience of living off-the-grid.
It will affect your lifestyle and should be tending to your desires.
You want to live in a place that suits your needs; if you’re a person who loves the summer, you definitely don’t want to end up somewhere it’s snowing for the most part of the year!
It affects the supply of your energy.
Not only does the location need to suit your desires, but it is also deeply connected with the way you will be supplying your energy.
Say, you want to use a solar cooking device for preparing your food. For this, you need to make sure you’re living in a place with sufficient sunlight, or you’ll end up starving yourself! (Unless you eat raw greens, that is)
5 Factors Decide Your Off-Grid Location – You Miss One, You Suffer.
Although there a vast number of factors that will have a say in deciding your off-grid location, I’ll list the main ones for you:
The Community Around You:
First and foremost, you’ll want to select a place where other off-grid cabins are located, that is, an off-grid community has been established … well unless you want to live in complete isolation. That’d be up to you!
You need a break from the city’s hectic everyday life, definitely not from the item you can’t be self-sufficient without water.
While choosing your location, you should make sure to choose a place that has access to clean water that you can use for necessary daily activities like washing, cleaning, and drinking. For this, you can look for locations near a river or a stream of water, or maybe somewhere you can get enough rain.
Also, you can always dig in your own well if there’s sufficient groundwater!
Before jumping in, you’d also want to know some water collection and storage options.
Imagine living off-grid, but having fumes of smoke around your cabin. Yuck, no!
To prevent such scenarios, it is essential to look for a place that is at least 150 miles away from factories, power plants, and other such pollution-causing facilities.
I mean, you wouldn’t want to disrupt your peaceful and natural life with man-made pollution, would you? … Hence, choose wisely!
You need to consider the weather for two reasons.
Firstly, you want to choose the weather and climate suitable for your needs – imagine shoving your summer-loving self into living in a place full of snow! Nah-uh!
Secondly, the weather impacts the use of renewable energy resources.
You don’t want your solar energy panels lying under the rain 5 days a week! Hence, you should consider the renewable energy resources you’ll use and then select the weather you’d prefer.
Last but definitely not least, you have to work around your budget.
Suppose you have a hefty amount of initial investment. In that case, you can look into higher, more expensive options, that will enhance your experience accordingly.
But if you’re keeping it light on your pocket, make sure to choose an affordable place, but also compatible with all the factors mentioned above – that’d be a tricky one!
Top Recommended Off-Grid Locations.
Now you know the significant factors that will influence your decision-making process. However, I’m sure you still want to know some of the best-recommended options as well.
The Wild Wonderful Off-grid location sounds pretty good, no?
There are several different states in the USA that are suitable for off-grid living, out of which I’ll list my top picks:
Highland Rim, Lawrence Country, Tennessee:
In this county, there is an off-grid eco-village with a mild climate, low costs of living, and high-quality healthcare facilities, amongst many other benefits of choosing this area.
Tennessee’s mild weather will let you have a long growing season to grow all the crops you wish, in addition to a moderate amount of annual rain.
Kansas City, Missouri:
Having a humid continental climate suitable for growing your favorite fruits (apples, peaches, and grapes amongst others1), Missouri provides one of the best areas to live off-the-grid.
It also has the added benefit of have plenty of water, owing to the ample amount of precipitation. You’re not going to be worrying about self-sufficiency!
Conclusion – Alas, We Made It.
Living off-the-grid is a decision made by many for the peace and purpose it offers in life, but deciding the right location is a tricky job!
Make sure you consider all the factors as mentioned above and look into suitable areas, like Tennessee and Missouri, before you make your decision … we want you to end up in a place that offers the best of everything, so you can have the time of your life!