I tried to put a picture on, thought I had followed the direction, but no luck. I thought I would introduce us. We live in S Missouri in a grid tied house in a pretty big town. We are building a off grid cabin now and hopefully I can figure out the picture thing so I can post a picture of it. I love reading the posts of people actually doing great things. I will be watching and posting. Nice to meet you! Rick
We have upgraded our 1920’s house in a downtown area to grid tied solar, solar hot water, foam insulation,wood cookstove, and our yard is mostly edible landscaping. We also installed cisterns to catch the rainwater off of half of the roof and used that water to flush toilets and do our outside watering. Actually we also use the cistern water to drink and cook with after we run it through a berkey filter because we don’t like the chlorine and flouride in our cities water. For our intown transportation we use electric assist cargo bikes. You are welcome to check the blog out, there are a lot of entries about the steps we took to finish this house. Have fun, we did!
electric assist cargo bike? have a photo? sounds like you have a good start. I’m more prepping than off grid. I have a good bug out bag, fishing/hunting equipment, doing some gardening. Have a bug out vehicle my 1992 Chevy Conversion Van. And a bug out location my 22′ bumper pull camper. No land yet. No home per say.
An interesting thing I did with my garden was in the irrigation of it. I researched all the methods and then decided the cheapest thing was to buy a $150 4 cycle gasoline powered clear water pump. It pumps 1800 gph. 1″ lines. 25 foot draw and 100 foot of head if needed. I bought 3 – 50 gallon white plastic rain barrels. A used $50 100 gallon galvanized cattle water tank. And a small 30 gallon cattle water tank. We will flood irrigate with the pump and then fill the tanks. Can gravity flow from the 100 gallon tank. And siphon from the 50 gal drums. Dip from the 30 gallon tub. Bought 100′ of black plastic pipe and some quick connect fittings for the pump. So all in all spent maybe $250 or so for this irrigation setup.
I’m trying this picture thing again. Here’s a blog entry that shows one of our electric assist bikes. This one is going to be my farm truck. It is a great bike with a 440 lb weight capacity. I am part prepper too, I think anyone who isn’t preparing to some degree these day is living in lala land.