society to start going green to help save the earth from the effects of global warming. Because it’s a worldwide issue, it’s good for everyone to try to do their part by taking up new little habits such as recycling or skipping the plastic bags at the grocery store. For some people, though, that’s not enough.
Some people take green living a step further by creating a self-sustaining lifestyle. This is the kind of lifestyle where you can easily go off the grid and not need the trappings of modern society. You can forget the stress of constant communication and all the non-environmentally friendly aspects of a life plugged into electricity and breathe.
If that’s where you want to take your green efforts, it’s possible to achieve, even if you’ve never lived a life off the grid. It only takes a few easy steps and the determination to get there. Researching and learning about how to live a self-sufficient life is the first step, so continue reading for the best advice on what comes next.
Start with baby steps
This tip is especially good for people who have relied on the grid their entire lives. Keep your lights switched on and your A/C running, but try to minimize your needs. Spring is an excellent time to learn how to grow a garden, so try looking around to see if there are any community gardening groups you can join. Even if they’re online, you’ll be able to learn from people who know what they’re doing so you can get expert advice for growing things such as carrots and tomatoes.
You can also try to practice frugality. This means no more online shopping, so start deleting any apps you know you’re addicted to. The goal is to get to the point where you only have what you need, so you’ll need to do a deep clean of your home to accomplish this.
Then try to push yourself
When you get to the point where you only have what you need, it’s time to start learning. A truly self-sufficient life means that you don’t depend on a store for daily necessities. You’ll want to learn about things such as hunting and fishing — then you can provide food for yourself outside of your garden.
You’ll also want to look into some free and simple ways to learn how to sew so you can make your own clothes and household items. You need to be confident in these skills before moving onto your next step.
Jump in feet first
After you’ve learned the skills you need, it’s time to jump in feet first to a fully self-sufficient lifestyle. Take your time learning how to buy land for a farm or homestead, so you know you’re buying enough land to meet your needs. Once you buy that land and have your homestead prepared, you’ll need a few last things.
First, stock up on necessities. Form a cellar full of food, especially if you’re facing winter time when crops won’t grow. Prepare for seasonal issues such as hot summers by knowing how to cool off in your area. Nearby lakes or rivers are great options.
You need to know how to raise and butcher animals. Every step from raising the baby animals to getting them prepared for storing or cooking will require thorough knowledge. If you need to, buy books on the subject for reference once you’re off the grid. Practice with any of your friends who hunt animals such as deer, since they’ll be able to give you first-hand experience.
Happier and greener
Going off the grid to start a self-sufficient life isn’t as impossible as it might seem. While modern technology and stores make life a lot easier, they also hurt the environment. People lived on their own before these gadgets, so if you want to live self-sufficiently, you can! Make sure you study everything you can before you start, and then you’ll be well on your way to a happier, greener lifestyle.
This is a guest post written by Emily Folk.
Emily is a conservation and sustainability writer.
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