The Everything Guide to Living Off the Grid: A Back-to-basics Manual for Independent Living

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Adams Media, Jul 18, 2011 - House & Home - 304 pages
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"Do you want to have electricity and hot water at any time, no matter what's going on outside your property? Do you want to have more control over the things you eat and how they are processed? Do you want your family safe from the worries of a bad economy and crime?"

If you answered "yes" to these questions, then living off the grid may be for you. Although living off the grid takes some hard work, the benefits make it all worthwhile. This practical guide gives you all the information you'll need to move off the grid, including how to: Grow your own produceRaise, hunt, and process your meatEliminate existing debt to cut off financial tiesBuild a sustainable home from scratchHarvest and reuse waterCreate your own sources of energy Whether you want to live an eco-friendly life or just want to incorporate a few key aspects into your existing day-to-day, this guide is your comprehensive introduction to homestead sustainability.

 

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Contents

The Reality of Living Off the Grid
1
Getting Out of Debt
11
Generating Income Off the Grid
23
Theres No Place Like Home
33
Family Needs
43
Power Supplies
51
Developing Your Green Thumb
61
Starting an Orchard
73
The Buzz about Beekeeping
105
Raising Your Own
115
Hunting
129
Processing Your Own Meat
151
Your Pantry
169
The Importance of Herbs
187
Water Water Everywhere
199
Dealing with Rodents Critters and Pests of All Kinds
213

Canning and Preserving Food
85
Building a Root Cellar
93
Saving Seeds
99
Emergency Preparedness
235
Starting Today
253
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About the author (2011)

Terri Reid is a writer with twenty years of off-grid living experience. She has written about self-reliance, sustainable living, and the post-consumer lifestyle in a monthly newspaper column and has appeared in BackWoods Home Magazine, Scouting Magazine, the Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune.

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