Hi folks, I am new to this forum but a long time off-grid homesteader. I went off-grid about 15 years ago in a small camp trailer with just a 45 watt solar
panel and old truck battery for lights
and a water pump
. I lived that way for two years while I saved money to build a small 14x14 cabin
. The cabin was built for under $2000 from new and many recycled materials. Windows, doors, porch and trim are all recycled. All of my appliances are recycled from my camp trailer including lights, water pump, sink, shower
, cabinets, water tank and lots of plumbing and wiring.
I have reduced my propane use to almost nothing with a wood stove
and I use passive solar
and a 580 watt solar electric and 400 watt wind turbine system for power. I own a small business and online
business so having internet and cell phone was important and pays for itself. I grow a garden
, raise chickens
, and fish for much of my food needs and i am planning on raising a cash crop of sweet corn and raspberries to further reduce any need for money in my life.
If you are interested in the cabin design and my off-grid systems you can see my vids on youtube:
I hope to make some friends and share some ideas!