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Escaping City Life For Living Off The Grid

Escaping City Life For Living Off The Grid

Going off the grid seems appealing, but it is not as easy as it sounds. It takes determination and planning to engineer the successful marriage of energy production, food preservation, and land conservation to get the most out of the available natural resources and become non-dependent on human-made resources. Before you pack your bags and move out to the middle of the woods, it is important to have a plan and to be adequately informed of what you may be getting yourself into, what to look forward to, and what to avoid.

Many people choose to stay within the confines of their regular domicile, incorporating one or two methods either to lower their utility bills, lower their carbon footprint, eat healthier, or simply to develop a closer connection to the Earth and to nature. Regardless of the reason for anyone to want to incorporate eco-friendly methods to live off the grid, there are important needs for every living being to continue to exist.

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No Matter Where You Stand On The Grid, You Need These Things To Live

Over the centuries of human development, we have seen great growth in technology and the instant comforts of a highly electrified and automated society. We have become accustomed to being able to access things nearly instantly, without hardly having to work for them or even think about from where food, water, and electricity originate. Living off of the grid doesn’t mean you have to live in darkness or go hungry.

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  • Having a clean and reliable source of water is essential to survival for plant, animal, and human off-gridders. Undeveloped areas may have a natural underground spring system or need to have a natural well dug to locate fresh water. Rainwater can also be collected and processed through a filtering system to create fresh clean water.
  • When living off of the food grid, it is essential that the produce is grown in a sustainable and season oriented manner. This may involve the introduction of growing systems such as aquaponics, greenhouses, hot houses, irrigation systems, and the knowledge of preparing and storing the garden’s bounty for future consumption. Collecting foods for off the grid living also involves gathering such things as wild berries, fruits, nuts, and other seasonal goodies.
  • To procure a supply of meat and protein for the invested off grid person, hunting and fishing cannot be avoided. This will involve the knowledge of canning and freezing supplies for such things as trapping, fishing, gun hunting, bow hunting, and for raising livestock/fowl. Chickens, pigs, cows, and other farmyard animals can provide a survivalist with their necessary supply of fresh meat, milk, fruit, veggies. and eggs.
  • It doesn’t matter if you go off the grid because you are interested in saving the planet, or just saving some cash off of your electric bill; everyone needs to have a place to live. Whether your home is in the middle of the crowded city, or a hut built in the center of the forest from sticks and mud, using eco-friendly materials and incorporating off the grid policies will benefit both you and the Earth. Many off-the-grid homes use re-purposed materials such as wood or metal for their construction.

Solar Power

One of the easiest ways of creating electricity is to collect sunlight with photovoltaic solar panels that convert the DC current that is produced into an AC current that your home can utilize. Solar technology can be implemented in many different forms such as panels, paints, and cooking vessels.

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Wind Power

This method harnesses the power of the wind to turn an airplane-like blade, normally located on a tower, 50-120 feet in the air. The blade system is connected to a ground generator via the center shaft. As the shaft turns, the generator also turns, thus creating a DC current. After passing through an inverter, this energy is converted to the AC current, which then can provide your electrical supply.

Variety Is Key

In many instances of homeowners who have made the choice to go off the grid, more than one method of energy production, food preservation, and land conservation is utilized to get the most out of the available natural resources. It is important to be able to live off of the land without reliance on the use of coal and petroleum-driven businesses, while leaving behind the smallest carbon footprint as possible for sustainability.

Featured photo credit: Joy Green via tnnursery.net.blog

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Last Updated on June 13, 2019

5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

Sleeping next to your partner can be a satisfying experience and is typically seen as the mark of a stable, healthy home life. However, many more people struggle to share a bed with their partner than typically let on. Sleeping beside someone can decrease your sleep quality which negatively affects your life. Maybe you are light sleepers and you wake each other up throughout the night. Maybe one has a loud snoring habit that’s keeping the other awake. Maybe one is always crawling into bed in the early hours of the morning while the other likes to go to bed at 10 p.m.

You don’t have to feel ashamed of finding it difficult to sleep with your partner and you also don’t have to give up entirely on it. Common problems can be addressed with simple solutions such as an additional pillow. Here are five fixes for common sleep issues that couples deal with.

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1. Use a bigger mattress to sleep through movement

It can be difficult to sleep through your partner’s tossing and turning all night, particularly if they have to get in and out of bed. Waking up multiple times in one night can leave you frustrated and exhausted. The solution may be a switch to a bigger mattress or a mattress that minimizes movement.

Look for a mattress that allows enough space so that your partner can move around without impacting you or consider a mattress made for two sleepers like the Sleep Number bed.[1] This bed allows each person to choose their own firmness level. It also minimizes any disturbances their partner might feel. A foam mattress like the kind featured in advertisements where someone jumps on a bed with an unspilled glass of wine will help minimize the impact of your partner’s movements.[2]

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2. Communicate about scheduling conflicts

If one of you is a night owl and the other an early riser, bedtime can become a source of conflict. It’s hard for a light sleeper to be jostled by their partner coming to bed four hours after them. Talk to your partner about negotiating some compromises. If you’re finding it difficult to agree on a bedtime, negotiate with your partner. Don’t come to bed before or after a certain time, giving the early bird a chance to fully fall asleep before the other comes in. Consider giving the night owl an eye mask to allow them to stay in bed while their partner gets up to start the day.

3. Don’t bring your technology to bed

If one partner likes bringing devices to bed and the other partner doesn’t, there’s very little compromise to be found. Science is pretty unanimous on the fact that screens can cause harm to a healthy sleeper. Both partners should agree on a time to keep technology out of the bedroom or turn screens off. This will prevent both partners from having their sleep interrupted and can help you power down after a long day.

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4. White noise and changing positions can silence snoring

A snoring partner can be one of the most difficult things to sleep through. Snoring tends to be position-specific so many doctors recommend switching positions to stop the snoring. Rather than sleeping on your back doctors recommend turning onto your side. Changing positions can cut down on noise and breathing difficulties for any snorer. Using a white noise fan, or sound machine can also help soften the impact of loud snoring and keep both partners undisturbed.

5. Use two blankets if one’s a blanket hog

If you’ve got a blanket hog in your bed don’t fight it, get another blanket. This solution fixes any issues between two partners and their comforter. There’s no rule that you have to sleep under the same blanket. Separate covers can also cut down on tossing and turning making it a multi-useful adaptation.

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Rather than giving up entirely on sharing a bed with your partner, try one of these techniques to improve your sleeping habits. Sleeping in separate beds can be a normal part of a healthy home life, but compromise can go a long way toward creating harmony in a shared bed.

Featured photo credit: Becca Tapert via unsplash.com

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