When trying to survive an apocalypse, living “off of the grid ” means living in a way similar to camping. Cooking over an open campfire, washing in water from rain or from a stream or lake. Purifying drinking water from these sources, and using gray water to water a garden, if you survive long enough to plant and harvest one.
Today, many people are brave enough to pull away from the main stream of modern life. Living off of the grid, to them, means an eventual savings financially, a closer family unit and the satisfaction of hard work completed at the end of the day. Telephones and cable TV are not available in most cases.
Often, these properties are located in remote rural areas. Mountains can interfere with a cell phone signal, and satellite TV would be the only option. Neither would be available in a post-apocalyptic country. To figure out what is required to survive without TV, phones, town water and sewer, gas or electric cooking, automobiles, and supermarkets, you must take time to assess how you live, and what items you and your family are ready to give up.
Modern off grid families can still access medical care, drive cars and shop at supermarkets. The mindset is that energy should not be wasted or taken for granted. It is a way to live more in harmony with nature, and as a tighter, better functioning family, with everyone pulling together for the common good.
Solar power can be used to supply heat and air conditioning, refrigeration, electric stoves and overhead lights, if there is enough sunlight to meet your needs. Cook stoves that burn wood are available and may be used to heat your home as well. Composting toilets would take the place of sewers or septic tanks. Incinolets can be run on marine batteries or solar power and excrement can be incinerated into an ash.
Water can be pumped in by a well pump that works on solar power, or an old fashioned hand pump can be installed, and should be in case of a disaster. All trash must be sorted and prepped either for recycling or the landfill, and the wet compostable items placed in a compost pile or buried. It is a wise idea to learn about canning fruits and vegetables from your garden. This ensures that you have vegetables over the cold months. This can be helpful if the roads to your rural home are impassable during the winter.
Magazines such as The Mother Earth News can supply plans to build such things as root cellars, chicken coops, greener houses such as straw bale homes, cold frames as well as other garden tips and even wooden hot tubs that heat by burning wood.
Learning which plants are poisonous and which can be eaten or used to create simple herbal remedies is a plus. Knowing how to hunt and fish can help your family survive as well. Learning the basics of First Aid and CPR is also wise in any remote area, and an emergency radio to the forestry service or law enforcement is also a good precaution to take, if it is available in your area. Having a firearm and learning how to shoot it is a very good idea in a remote area, especially in a time of lawlessness.
To live off of the grid, in an apocalypse or not, requires smarts, planning ahead, and some money up front, but the satisfaction of being self reliant and providing for yourself and your family makes the hard work worthwhile.
Nature is now fighting back against the desecration and it is no laughing matter!