If you want to live off-grid you need to be able to do shit yourself. Which means you need to have a tool for every job. Personally, Im of the "I can make due with a few core hand tools" variety but I'm finding that more tools is better.
They don't spoil. They don't run off. And if you take care of them, they pay dividends in the long run. Worth buying quality tools the first time and taking care of them.
Here's a list I found of recommended tools from: Off Grid World. What do you think? More? Less? Any suggestions?
If you only use water once - Cooking, washing dishes, washing clothes, and showering - then you are wasting an opportunity.
I want to optimize my homestead so I'm looking for ways to reuse my resources. When using water a second time (called greywater - dirty water from washing dishes then goes to the garden irrigation lines) you double the amount of water you have.
The potential problem comes from using soaps that will kill your whole garden. Salts, chemicals etc can kill bacteria and plants and leave you hungry.
Im starting doing research into how to clean my dishes and clothes while still using that water for greywater irrigation under my plants. This is copied from: https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/plant-friendly-soaps-are-safe-greywater-irrigation
There are different strategies when it comes to making money and sustaining yourself on a homestead or completely off-grid. If you want to make money off-grid, the best way is to combine these strategies into a combination that works best for you.
To check how many solar panels you need to fully provide for your house, the best option is to look at your monthly electric bill. This will show you how much you use each month (in kWh).
If you are planning a new build or don't pay for your own electricity, the average household in the US uses 900 kWh per month.
Goats are fun. They're social. And they provide milk and meat to your homestead. But picking out what goat is right for you is an important first step. Start by asking yourself what you'll be using it for. A pet? Milk? Meat? Clearing brush?
Here, I'll go over some popular dairy goat breeds and what makes them champions.
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