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    Posted by onwardsteverowley
    • Reply by pandapops65

      Yes it’s something that has been on my mind for later on in life , when kids are older I would love to build my own place it renovate a double decker bus, barn, outbuilding

      • Reply by Anonymous User

        Me too! 😎

      • Reply by vinevenci2016

        It sounds awesome!

    • Reply by jhunt6784

      Wouldn’t it be great to try and grow and learn how to live off land

    • Reply by cmhowarth

      I’ve been wanting to for years!

    • Reply by twoboys

      Yes! Would love to have the know-how and courage to be able to do it though…

    • Reply by athomedavis

      Off grid has appealed for a long time. Hubby is a renewable energy consultant so has the know how. We just need a place to put our new home – already designed a converted shipping container. Cheap and indestructible!

      • Reply by DebzO’R

        I’m just waiting for my house sale to go through, I have a caravan and will stay in that till I can find some land to buy. I have looked at shipping container homes and am very interested, would probably get 2 and join together. Im lucky in that my son would be able to help me with these. As your hubby has experience in renewable energy what would you advise for the best way to get power? I’ve looked into both solar and wind turbine but find it all a bit confusing, I’ll be around the Scottish Borders region and not sure solar would suffice, any advice would be appreciated thanks, Debbie

    • Reply by Kate

      Yes. Waiting for cheaper electricity storage batteries 🙂

    • Reply by pinkgekko

      We have tried to do this in a small way. I wouldn’t say we are off grid but we grow as much fruit and veg as we can and we share the keep of a few sheep and two goats with a neighbour.  Its very satisfying to enjoy a meal where much of whats on the plate comes from your garden/field.

      Its our first year and what I would say is its physically hard work and almost a full time job.  Year round supply of veg is something we’ve not worked out.  Weve looked into eco energy supply but its too expensive for us to install…pity.

      All in all its great fun and a much better pace of life.

      • Reply by ddibblet

        I think this is the thing, the “government subsidies” still mean you have to bang the cash up front for renewable, and I just don’t have it!

    • Reply by pandapops65

      yes i would love to have always dreamt if having a little out buildling to renovate


    • Reply by LeighS

      My family and I lived in the USA for 14 yrs, part of that time was spent in Southern Oregon. We ended up buying a place with quite a bit of land some considerable distance away from town. It wasn’t technically ‘off grid’ there were times when it felt like it. For the first few years we were subjected to power outages. For us a power outage meant no heat in winter, no A/C in summer and nothing to cook on. OK you can cope with that but it also meant no water. We were on a well and a septic tank. The well had a pump that needed electricity to pump the water. No electricity, no water.

      No heat or cooling I could cope with but no water, now that was hard. We had 6 five gallon containers of water as our emergency supply. You didn’t flush the toilet unless it was absolutely needed, washing up, well that only got done when the power came back on. Water was kept strictly for drinking and cooking.

      We bought a small two ring camping stove so at least we could have soup or beans, something like that in winter power outages. Summer it didn’t matter quite so much as I usually had cold meat and salad so that was an easy meal.

      The legacy of those years is that even today I keep bottles of drinking water on hand just in case there is a burst pipe or some other disruption to the water supply. As for wanting to live ‘off grid’ no thanks. However as I am currently living on the edge of a city my ambition is to move to a smaller town as I am much more of a small town girl rather than a city dweller 🙂

      • Reply by pinkgekko

        Love this !

        Such an honest account.

        Off grid is sounds like it should be a very romantic way of life, but you are right …its very hard and not for the faint hearted.

    • Reply by Anonymous User

      My dream would be to have a small flat somewhere but to live most of the year out of a Campervan. Traveling , exploring here and abroad then returning once or twice a year to reconnect With friends and family. All I need is to find a compatible companion and win the Lottery! 🤞

      • Reply by gfycoach

        I hear that dream! I love my camper van travels.

      • Reply by stumpy22

        You’ve literally just written what I want for my future almost to a T

      • Reply by twoboys

        Me too! Perfect!


      • Reply by lizjane2.es


        As an older single women I’ve thought along those lines as well.  Trying to buy land  and go off grid are 2 big challenges needing  land/ money &  skills. Without either my only plus is I’ve  a small terrace and no mortgage

        . I’ve rented out other properties I’ve owned although now it’s very different with all sorts of certificates needed. Plus with Covid19  border controls and UK infection levels.isnt going to help . I’m considering renting in Portugal or Spain early ,2021.  really to test living abroad  for 13 weeks so  my house insurance isnt  compromised ,however travel from UK isn’t clear and renting properties   is also a challenge…but anyone who is thinking along these lines please comment. Escape is my focus from this chaotic govt, little englanders, and the weather…

    • Reply by gfycoach

      So I’m wondering, what’s the main barrier to doing this? Finance? Knowledge? Skills? For us it’s viable land – really expensive here in Devon.

    • Reply by d_moira

      Lived on my own on my boat with no mains water or power in a squat mooring for a while in my late 50s a few years back. (my first real experience of boating – borrowed a barge on the regents for 6 months before buying my own boat)  The boat was heated by a solid fuel burner.  Have a battery system and a generator.  It was a huge learning curve and you find out how resilient you can be.  I’m now on a fixed mooring with my 12v system backed up by mains power from the jetty. Still have no mains water.  My neighbours are about to leave and head to an isle in the Hebrides with only 40 inhabitants and do a total self build off grid.  Very jealous!!!!

      • Reply by gfycoach

        Sounds good. Did you see the Ben Fogle New Lives in the Wild Episode where the couple in British Columbia built a float home with a garden? Dreamy!

    • Reply by cazm67

      I like the idea of it but not sure that I could cope. My desire is to live more sustainably and build our own eco home. The main problem is finance we live in southern England and land prices are horrendous.

      • Reply by gfycoach

        Yep, prices high here too, but don’t think I would want to move somewhere cold and wet to try being off grid!

    • Reply by stumpy22

      Wow sounds amazing….I’ve reached a point now where although I enjoy my own company I could really see myself getting involved in something like this with like minded people. Would have to be somewhere warm though as I like being outside as much as possible

    • Reply by jillmars22

      I don’t have any technical know-how to fall back on so it’ll be a caravan for me, at least in the first instance.  Does anyone know, if I wanted to make it a permanent home for say 12 months and travel to some remote areas (and put all my furniture in storage until I know where I want to settle down), are you obliged to have a permanent abode in the UK?

      • Reply by lin_scam

        You dont have to have a permanent home but it’s best to have a po box or postal address you can use.

        • Reply by jillmars22

          Thanks Lin, appreciate your reply, best wishes x

      • Reply by keithstewart


        Maybe have an address as a mailing address. I use the address of a flat I own. Close friends?  Then they can keep mail and banks , insurance etc need an address.

        I put my belongings in storage. The cheapest were storage where they use big wooden crates. Two fit in a big transit van. I have been travelling and that helps. Depends too on how long you want to stay out of the U.K. An address with friends means you can send a box of bits home every so often to reduce the load.


        • Reply by jillmars22

          Thanks Keith, think I’ll be staying in the UK for starters, I’ve used storage before but going to keep my possessions to a minimum.  Up, up and away to life’s next big adventure!

      • Reply by pegwr33

        The Caravan and Motorhome Club do not permit members to occupy a pitch for more than 30 days as this would contravene planning regulations. So, I assume that if you were to decide to live in a caravan, you would need to apply to the Local Authority for planning permission or move on after 30 days.  The alternative would be to apply for a pitch on a local authority site that is set aside for travellers for the purpose. Of course, if you wish to travel, you would not be on site for more than 30 days would you?

        • Reply by jillmars22

          Practical and useful advice, thank you

        • Reply by pegwr33

          Thank you, I try to be helpful.

    • Reply by ddibblet

      Oh yes! People that dream of lottery wins for big cars and designer stuff.. Nope.. I want to run away from the other humans!

    • Reply by chellefaye21

      Yes! Ive just joined and this is the first post I found. Ive been looking at land prices as would love a tiny house built on it. I don’t know where to start with planning etc! I also just bought a 7seater that I’m having converted to a camper. I don’t have the know how myself to do the work, sadly.

    • Reply by andycraig64

      I do, currently I’m living no the Isle of Lewis where I have some land and a nice reasonably large house, but I’m planning on making the move to Spain so I can be less dependant on the usual networks that we tend to be linked up to. Up here solar energy is not reliable enough especially during the winter.

    • Reply by triciawatton

      I would love to live off grid. I used to live in South Africa on a timber plantation. Not 100%off grid  but our nearest neighbours were 2kms away I loved it. Only problem is it’s really not safe to be on a farm there anymore so many murders, I got retrenched and came to uk to  help my sister look after our  elderly parents.  I have thought of going somewhere warmer maybe Portugal to find a small property to renovate and live off the land.  This would be my dream.

      • Reply by jillmars22

        My son, 26, has just started work for a small South African/UK company and thinks he may work in SA for a couple of months at some point.  Any tips?  Sorry everyone, a bit off topic.

    • Reply by melayahm

      Once upon a time I’d have loved it, but now, I think I’d hate being so cold in the winter. That said, where we live now, we have a septic tank, not attached to the sewage system, not on mains gas, and our water comes from a bore hole somewhere. I suppose if we could get a solar or geothermal system working, we’d effectively be off grid

    • Reply by Gypsy888

      Before coming to live in the UK my husband and I were in New Zealand, we had a lovely Burstner caravan with double glazing and an older Range Rover. We lived ‘off grid’ for 2 years and only needed water which we got from a hose. We both worked full-time and I’d go back to living like that tomorrow. We had 2 dogs and a cat (dog flap put in door) the cat loved it because wherever we went, his house came came too! We stayed on farms or on friends land. Now we had 2 x gas bottles, a 100w moveable solar panel which wired into the battery and a backup quiet little petrol generator. LED lights all through-even in the cupboards (some coloured) The gas heating was amazing even in the snow, there were vents under the seats and in the wardrobe etc for the heat to circulate when the fan was running. We were never cold. A full bathroom ran across the back. I loved it and can’t get used to living a cottage now, we feel so trapped. Our dream is to do it again as a permanent way of living and if we go back to NZ our house will come with us.

    • Reply by Somethingshort

      I think you have to think about where in the world you might do this. If you are somewhere warmer it is much more pleasant for free warmth and light.  Also can you live alone? A lot of people might think they can, but when push comes to shove it might just tip the fragile balance. My luxury is water……..I once lived on a boat where I was constantly thinking about how much water was in the tank…..how many kilowatts everything took….it was an eye opener and whilst I welcomed the challenge then…..I’m not so sure I would like it now. As I get older I just want anything that is easy….but then saying that I do have more mental and physical energy than most. A positive outlook helps.