Living off the grid & Living in Spain
We live off the grid, but with all modern amenities; we have a sound solar system and water from our own well (and from rainwater catchment), which allows us to live comfortably without getting any utility bills.
We're not totally in the middle of nowhere; the next village is only 8 minutes' drive from here. For us, the possibility of living off the grid was one important argument in the package that moved us to Spain; it's a chance to live a more sustainable life, closer to nature and more self-sufficient.
For us, living off the grid is not going back to the middle ages; we have electricity (a vacuum cleaner, dishwasher, washing machine, electric oven), running water and (of course) nice and fast internet.
We love visitors... but unexpected visitors used to take up so much of our time. So we took control and have organised open days on the farm - a win-win situation!
Evacuating due to a forest fire is scary - but it helps to stay calm and have a sound getaway plan. And if that's not enough, nothing beats a community springing into action to help out!
Spain has several ways to deal with the summer heat - heat-efficient building is one of them, sleeping during the hottest hours is another. Find out all about the tradition of siesta!
Find out what type of careers are available to you if you live on a farm or homestead; their pros, cons and the skills required.
If you are planning to move off the grid, here are a few things you might want to do while you still have access to them...
Let me help you forget everything you thought you knew about off-grid living… Unless you’re living off the grid yourself, I’m pretty sure at least one of the “facts” listed below is something you thought to be true.
In this post, I go over the process of setting up our off-grid solar system; calculating our needs, deciding what concessions to make and making sure the whole system gives us exactly what we want.
I love my life; I choose what I do when, I live in an beautiful place, and I share this life with the love of my life. However... Every day is the same, and there's always more work waiting. It's time to take a day off - to take a Sunday.
I had big dreams of self-sufficiency: generating our own power, catching rain water, growing our vegetables and fruit, and keeping chickens and goats. We'd be all self-reliant and have no need for anybody else. I couldn't have been more wrong.
I love to read (and to write) about homesteading - homesteading skills, stories from the homestead, homesteaders dreams. But what is homesteading? What's the difference between a homestead, a smallholding and a farm? And why do I want to be a homesteader? What are homesteading skills?
I'll try to answer a few of those questions...
There are a lot of things to consider before you take the leap to live off the grid though. Here are just a few...