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Living off the land means you survive only by the resources that can be harvested from the land you own. So, think food, water & power.

Offgrid Living – The Nicholson House: We are living off the grid! This 1200 sq. foot house was built in 1997. Concrete floor with open floor plan 2 Bedrooms, 1 bath, carport, with 200 sq. foot workshop Propane for hotwater and stove. Appliances included Solar for electric Rain water harvesting with two 1500 gallon tanks. Case-study: http://rwh.in/offgrid.htm

Coming up the driveway
Coming up the drive way
Front porch-"D" doing what she does best.
Front porch-“D” doing what she does best.

Off-the-grid or off-grid is a characteristic of buildings and a lifestyle designed in an independent manner without reliance on one or more public utilities.

The porch goes all the way around the house as the next four pictures show.
This one is the front of the house.
The porch goes all the way around the house as the next four pictures show.
This one is the front of the house.
Front Porch – Another View
Side Porch – 1
Side Porch – 2

Side Porch
Side view of yard and carport/workshop.

Off-the-grid living allows for buildings and people to be self-sufficient, which is advantageous in isolated locations where normal utilities cannot reach and is attractive to those who want to reduce environmental impact and cost of living.

The carport is constructed with 2 x 4 metal studs and insulated. Rainwater is also harvested from this roof.
The carport is constructed with 2 x 4 metal studs and insulated. Rainwater is also harvested from this roof.

The term “off-the-grid” traditionally refers to not being connected to the electrical grid, but can also include other utilities like water, gas, and sewer systems, and can scale from residential homes to small communities. The term off-the-grid (OTG) can refer to living in a self-sufficient manner without reliance on one or more public utilities. People who adopt this lifestyle are called off-gridders.

Side of house that faces the driveway. Pictured is "Henry" who was left behind and loves to hang there. He was too scared to be captured by the old owners, so they had to leave him behind. He can't be touched but does follow us around as we walk the property. He eats our food and by barking at the coyotes keeps them away. He gets along with our two dogs and instead of sleeping in the dog house that was left behind he sleeps on the hay in front of it.
Side of house that faces the driveway. Pictured is “Henry” who was left behind and loves to hang there. He was too scared to be captured by the old owners, so they had to leave him behind. He can’t be touched but does follow us around as we walk the property. He eats our food and by barking at the coyotes keeps them away. He gets along with our two dogs and instead of sleeping in the dog house that was left behind he sleeps on the hay in front of it.
Kitchen and dining area.
Kitchen and dining area. Generally, an off-grid building must be able to supply energy and potable water for itself, as well as manage food, waste and wastewater.
Living Room with wood stove. This little stove is all the heat that is needed for an Arizona winter. It takes the chill out of the air, and with the strawbale construction the heat is retained nicely.
Living Room with wood stove. This little stove is all the heat that is needed for an Arizona winter. It takes the chill out of the air, and with the strawbale construction the heat is retained nicely.
Front door on right, hallway toward bedrooms on left.
Front door on right, hallway toward bedrooms on left.
Bathroom
Bathroom
Hallway from bath. Portia on her favorite windowsill. The windowsills are two feet deep.
Hallway from bath. Portia on her favorite windowsill. The windowsills are two feet deep.
	Main bedroom-the hang out for Sundance and Cheyanne.
Approx. 13x13

Main bedroom-the hang out for Sundance and Cheyanne.
Approx. 13×13.
The second bedroom is our computer room. Approx. 11x13.
The second bedroom is our computer room. Approx. 11×13.
Two tanks that collect the water from the roof of the house and carport.
Two tanks that collect the water from the roof of the house and carport.
Solar panel that supplies the electricity for the house. Batteries store power for night time and cloudy days. The solar panel tracks (moves) with the sun.
Solar panel that supplies the electricity for the house. Batteries store power for night time and cloudy days. The solar panel tracks (moves) with the sun.

Further readings
(1) Case-study: http://rwh.in/offgrid.htm
(2) Documentary: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-59174870
(3) Reference: https://gokcecapital.com/off-grid-living/
(4) Offgrid living by Masai family https://youtu.be/TEBelPUM8tA

Last updated on 06-Jan-2023.

By raincentre

You will find here best resources on rainwater harvesting and purification in my blog and websites. Copyright lies with the respective content creator and writer. I started RainWaterHarvesting Yahoo Forum in June 2003.

Please free to write to me at raincentre at duck dot com.

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