Having an off-grid home means having more work to do, but there are also many benefits. From lower utility bills to security to the sense of pride and accomplishment, there are a hundred reasons why you should want a home that’s off the grid. We’ve narrowed it down to just a few of the biggest reasons in this article. Whether you’re already thinking about it or the thought never occurred to you before now, here are some reasons why you should consider having an off-grid home.

Self-Sufficiency

One of the best reasons to have an off-grid home is to become self-sufficient. An off-grid home doesn’t have to rely on the power grid, sewer system, or water system that most people use. Murphy’s Law states that anything bad that could happen will happen, including these systems people rely on collapsing from time to time, occasionally for long periods. An off-grid home won’t be affected by these disasters because they already have their outside sources of power and heat. It requires more work on your end, but it also gives greater security.

More Bang for Your Buck

Nobody likes paying bills. For all the luxuries that living in a town or city provide, it can be pretty expensive, especially if you want to build your own home. That incurs the shipping cost of building materials as well as the price of labor unless you’re willing to do it yourself. Building off the grid, however, allows your dollar to go further. You don’t have to worry about paying utility bills when you provide your sources of energy and water. If you build the home yourself and grow your food, that’s even more money saved if you need to buy something like replacement generators or pay hospital bills.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Building off the grid is also better for the environment. When you rely on the power grid, you are also partly responsible for using fossil fuels that keep that grid running. We often don’t think of how a simple thing like charging our phone could negatively affect the environment, even if it’s on a small scale. Having a home off-grid means that you reduce your carbon footprint on the earth by doing things like using less electricity, recycling gray water, and using a composting toilet.

John Shramko