If you live in a rural area, meeting your utility needs can be difficult. You may not be close enough to access the facilities that would normally provide you utilities. Check out what you can do to get off the grid down below.

Electricity

If you’re looking to get your home powered but are too far for electricity companies, you should consider installing solar panels. Most people put solar panels on their roof. They put them in the most sunny spots on their roof. A few people have started putting in solar panel shingles onto their roofs. Either way, solar panels can be a way for you to meet your utility needs without being connected to the grid.

Of course, you’ll need to have a back-up source of power for cloudy days or long nights. That’s why a battery is another great option to power your home. Having multiple sources of power for your rural home will keep your utility needs met even when the nearest town has an outage.

Water and Sewage

Meet your utility needs by getting your water from nearby springs, rivers, and wells. You can also store rainwater. You’ll need to have a filter for your water since your local water treatment plants aren’t doing it for you. Be sure to check with your local government if the nearby bodies of water are usable by you. 

To treat your sewage, you can get a septic system. A septic system sorts your sewage and sends it to a septic tank. Bacteria will break down the waste, and then the waste will be sent to a sewage field. Keep in mind, of course, that you’ll need to get your septic system approved through various inspections and permits.

Natural Gas

When cooking, you can try using propane tanks instead of natural gas. You could also use firewood, though that solution is less viable than propane, or even consider using appliances that are solar powered. For example, you could have a solar powered water heater. You could also try green solutions that avoid the use of electricity and natural gas. Consider hanging your clothes to dry instead of using a dryer. You could also wash your dishes in a bucket of water or in a clean river if your local government permits.  

Getting off the grid and living in a rural area can be difficult. However, if you like to be independent, the solutions above can be a good fit for you. If you’re unsure, reach out to someone who lives rurally and see how it works for them.

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