reply to post by cosmicexplorer
First i am not expert but I have looked at some aspects.
First location is everything. There are many reasons for doing this, many are preppers thinking of end of world scenarios. If you are not one of
those there is a difference. Location does matter, trying to live in an area that gets snow and or is very cold gets difficult with just wooden
stove for heat. Someone will have to cut and chop the wood and is also determined by where you go and will you have access to constant supply of
trees to cut yourself etc.
This, wood, is a very challenging aspect to think about. So if you do pick an area that gets cold this is something to think about. Also, in
cold weather areas solar panels are not very helpful, so you should think about location carefully. Water also has similar issues in cold weather
So I would consider a semi arid location. There are some areas in Texas that are desirable. Although water can be issue. Water therefore does
need to be high on your list. You can't live without it.
If you choose semi arid area you should choose one that has a known aquifer under it and drill your own well. You can solve your water issue and can
have water even when there is no electricity. You can also check into a cistern, which is just a big tank under ground. You either haul water in
and fill it once a month or so or make sure there is company in the area that hauls water for you.
Some people get there water from creeks or rivers and trees it. Rain in these areas is not much but the trade off is great energy from the sun and
warm climate. Even if you go solar and batteries you will want a good wind turbine to provide power any time the wind is blowing. The two can
provide all the power you need for small cabin including efficient electric heat.
I would not recommend yurt, you want the insulation you can get in a cabin. I would suggest partial underground cabin, just a foot or two
underground the temperature becomes stable and is the same year round. This can considerably help you with heating and or cooling your cabin.
I would consider doubling your size, in the end you will thank yourself for the extra room, especially storage, which is number one issue in
I would look into big bend area of Texas, there is desert but then around the river there are oasis of beautiful green and trees etc.
So you are in a warm area and have solar and wind turbines for energy, you have your own water.
You can get fantastic systems for your waste. I would suggest you pick one where you use your waste in your garden. It is under the ground people
lol. You will want to grow your food, semi arid let's you grow year round and waste has been used for this for thousands of years. The best
fertilizer there is lol. It solves allot of your waste problem and allot of info on the net.
Now you have the major things covered. You will have to choose how you want to use your stored energy, for most i would suggest high efficient DC
equipment. There are some things you will have to convert DC to ac.
Internet, forget the spotty cell phone and get high speed satellite. There are two to three companies now, I have Hughesnet and it is fast but
the other gives you unlimited at night so I am going to switch.
This keeps you connected at high speed, no sense giving up everything. You can also get directtv as well.
Going offgrid is a dream for me too. Going offgrid in a cold environment is exponentially harder for obvious reasons. Water is second. You will
thank me later, get your own well. Lol
Growing your own food.... It is fun and can save you tremendous amount of money. Right climate you can eat your own food year round.
I hope this helps..... Choose location wisely......