Have you considered off-grid living, paying less, and doing what you really are for? What is stopping you from fulfilling your dream? Yes, we all know that. You must pay a monthly loan or rent for your home and electricity and utility bills.
It is in your hands to get the desired financial freedom if you choose alternative ways to live without electricity. You are not alone on this journey. There are many success stories about people gaining financial freedom and living off-grid. You might think that this sounds like a 19th-century lifestyle without electricity and many modern amenities, right? But this is no longer the case.
Modern technological innovations can make life without electricity much easier and more comfortable than before. More and more people voluntarily disconnect themselves from the power grid and adopt the off-grid lifestyle. This lifestyle also called minimalistic or “green,” is a conscious choice for people who want to cut energy costs and protect the environment.
Living without Modern Conveniences
Most of your electricity bills come from the use of household appliances such as air heating and cooling systems, water heating, washing and drying, cooling, and light bulbs.
Living without dependence on any modern conveniences, such as TV and the Internet, even for a short time, teaches self-sufficiency and to appreciate what you have. It may not be as convenient as if you had electricity, but you will find new comforts in spending more time with your family, reading books and walking in nature.
The off-grid lifestyle can help you relax and focus on mindful and healthy living. You will have more time for things you didn’t have time before like meditation, yoga, reading, and writing, looking in the sky, and watching the stars. This may prompt you to completely leave the grid.
There are several successful ideas for off-grid living that will make you financially and mentally happier.
Embrace Minimalism Lifestyle
More and more people voluntarily disconnect themselves from the power grid and adopt the off-grid lifestyle. This lifestyle also called minimalistic or “green,” is a conscious choice for people who want to cut energy costs and protect the environment.
You will also save money because you do not need to buy many things. Instead, a minimalistic lifestyle will allow you to travel the world and be happier and richer with tangible experiences. Finally, it will completely change you and your lifestyle to the one you dreamed about.
Living in a Tiny House
You can build your own tiny house on wheels or home from shipping containers if you want to lead a simple and stress-free lifestyle. Tiny houses are becoming more popular all over the world as more people want to escape the stress and anxiety of the urban lifestyle and reduce their impact on the environment.
The owners of tiny houses will tell you that they have gained financial freedom and paid off all credits and loans. With solar panels on the roof, they do not pay much for electricity bills and utilities.
Energy-efficient homes use the placement of windows to take advantage of natural lighting for most of the day. Natural lighting from windows and skylights, as well as natural ventilation and cooling, are ways for more sustainable living.
Even if you are used to electric lighting, there are many ways to light your home without using commercial electricity by charging from solar energy.
If you already have solar panels, you will definitely benefit from their use. An energy-efficient home can reduce your dependence on electricity for heating, cooling (air conditioning), ventilation, and lighting.
A solar refrigerator, air conditioning, fans, water heater, and other home devices provide exceptionally low energy consumption and can reduce by 50–80 percent of your electricity consumption.
Zero Energy Homes
Zero Energy homes, also called Net Zero energy homes, produce as much clean renewable energy as they consume from sources on-site or nearby. Because they have a very high energy performance with a very low or nearly zero energy requirement, they are also called nearly zero energy buildings.
A zero energy home is not just a home with solar panels. A zero energy home design combines cutting-edge design for a better living experience and systems with energy efficiency to provide ultra-comfortable and healthy environments. These include tight insulation for a quieter home, consistent temperatures throughout, and clean indoor air to reduce dust and allergens, such as dust, pollen, and outdoor air pollution.
It’s also equipped with energy-efficient appliances that can lower energy bills or even get an Energy Tax Credit or other financial incentives. All features of a zero energy home significantly minimize your household’s environmental impact.
Zero energy homes have certification from the Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Certification, the Living Building Challenge Zero Energy Certification, Passive House Certification or other third-party organizations.
Passive Houses are built based on principles developed by the Passivhaus Institute in Germany. The Passive House standards are very close to those of the zero-energy house as both have high standards of energy efficiency.
The principal difference between them is that a Passive House is focused on energy reduction and uses renewable energy to fill the energy gap, while a zero energy house produces as much its own energy as it’s consumed.
The passive house is very well insulated so that most of the heat can be provided by the sun, its inhabitants, and the ventilation system. Thus, it can be even more energy-efficient than a zero-energy house, as it consumes less energy in general.
If your goal is to lead an off-grid lifestyle, you will definitely get more financial freedom and you will have more time for family and your favorite activities. Whatever your goals, you will benefit from them.
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