A Few Steps Towards A Self-Reliant Home | Pip Milburn


Everyone wishes they didn’t have to rely on companies to make their home livable. No matter what you do, you’ll always need heating, freshwater and electricity. In this day and age, the topic of self-reliant homes is hotter than ever. With many green energy solutions finally being made affordable, we’re looking at a world slowly adapting more towards an ‘off the grid’ style of living. It’s the way of the future, as we can all agree that the more power homeowners have the better it is for society. When your home has more control, you have more choices of living standard. Here are some things you can do to your own property that would help you on your way to becoming totally self-reliant.

Water when you need it

The number one waste in the home isn’t heating or electricity, it’s water. It’s not to say it’s the most expensive, but by far we tend to waste it more often than the rest. Collecting rainwater to use whenever you want would be a great start. Consider buying poly tanks that have a rigid structure and can be fitted in your garden. It’s key to buy a rainwater tank that isn’t polluting to the environment and is fit for residential purposes. The water collected in the tank isn’t safe to be drinking water. However, it’s great for washing your car instead of using a hose. You can use it to water your lawn, flowers and plants. Even your vegetable plants could be watered with this kind of system. If you ever have a blockage in your home, such as in the toilet, you can use buckets of rainwater instead of normal household drinking water. 

Managing waste positively

There’s almost nothing you can’t do to make your lifestyle at home, more self-reliant than it currently is. One of the simplest ways is to buy a compost tank where you can manage your waste in a positive manner. Any food that you don’t finish should be put into the compost heap. Simple things like apple peelings, scraps of meat, rice, even stale bread would do nicely. Put it all in the heap and allow it to fester. This compost can be used to grow food in your back garden. Begin to plant vegetables and fruits as well as potatoes. Your food can make more food if you have the patience and knowledge for managing a compost tank in your garden. It has to be sealed from the bottom and there should be a small hole and pipe which allows the excess gas to escape. 

Back to basics

There’s a little part of us that wishes we could be back to the wild. Something that tells us we should be ashamed for not being self-reliant for our basic comfort. Getting a wood-fired stove for your home is one way to slowly connect back with mother nature. You will need to forage for your own firewood but you will be able to warm your entire house with just a couple of split log pieces. 

Experts are already saying that sometime in the future we will all be living in homes that can power themselves. When that time comes, we don’t know, but you can make these small steps to becoming more ‘off the grid’. 

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