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What Is The Real “Startup Cost” of Living Off Grid

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Everyone always talks about going off grid.

Its a novel idea and one that we SHOULD strive for.

But what few people ever talk about is exactly how much it will cost you to completely remove yourself from grid dependence.

Its not as simple as pulling a plug.

There is a lot more involved than that.

Check out this infographic we found on beforeitsnews.com

Wondering how much it would cost to live off the grid?

Here’s a cool infographic delving into how much it would cost for different considerations.


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  1. Farmist

    December 9, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    One cost that isn’t mentioned is insurance. Wood heat WILL raise your insurance rates.

    • Aardvark

      December 9, 2013 at 6:02 PM

      Not correct, Farmist. Check out USAA Insurance for one, if you’re eligible (military or ex-military.)

  2. PUNISHER

    December 9, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    buy a 2000 watt lihtium ion battery power solar generator. with a 100watt,8.0amp foldable solar panel. there close to $2,000.00 complete with all accserory’s. just need to figure out how long of a chargeing cord would be needed from the panels too the inside of your deweling to the generator.

    • The Zen Archer

      December 10, 2013 at 8:45 PM

      Punisher, you sure do punish the English language.

  3. Richard Schroo

    December 10, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    there is aways some thing new to learn

  4. Great Grey

    December 11, 2013 at 3:36 AM

    And some nuts can’t figure out why most of us are still on the grid.
    But there is one cost of being on grid that is ignored and that is what costs to replace a freezer and refrigerator full of food when the grid goes down.

    • cochise

      September 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      Ya know, you don’t really even have to own a refrigerator or freezer. Food can be “canned” in jars, dried in the sun or over a fan, and stored in airtight containers.

  5. Lee

    December 23, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    you compare the cost of the propane tank to a wood stove. To heat with propane you need a furnace which can cost a bit.
    Oh , and wood is carbon neutral vs propane if that matters to you.

    • bub

      November 24, 2014 at 1:38 AM

      I prefer carbon-positive as:

      1 – it’s getting too damn cold in this world,
      2 – plants need air, too, and
      3 – I love to yank the leftist kooks’ chains.

  6. RICK DAPRICK

    January 20, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    JUST MY PERSONAL THOUGHTS,THERE ARE SEVERAL THINGS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE THAT I WOULD NOT CONSIDER BEING”OFF THE GRID”.LIVING IN “A.Z.”,I WOULDN’T CONSIDER A HOUSE LIKE THE 1 SHOWN IN THE DRAWING FOR SEVERAL REASONS…1)THE WAY THEY BUILD HOUSES HERE,LIKE THAT,MOST BUILDERS USE “CHEAP” MATERIALS. 2)A HOUSE LIKE THAT IN A “RURAL AREA”,I WOULD NOT CONSIDER THAT LIVING “OFF THE GRID”.3)SOME OF THE MODIFICATIONS SHOWN WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED IN A “RURAL AREA”.4)IF YA’LL LIVING “OFF THE GRID”,WHY WOULD YOU HAVE A PROPANE TANK? TO ME,THAT’S NOT”OFF THE GRID”.YA’LL NEED TO HAVE THE TANK FILLED & WHO WOULD BE FILLING IT…BIG OIL CORP’S.TO ME,THAT’S NOT LIVING “OFF THE GRID”. 5)WHEN THE “SHTF”,”THEY” WILL KNOW RIGHT WHERE TO GO TO GET YA’LL!!!

  7. John Strohl

    December 31, 2014 at 3:55 AM

    This chart is way over the top of what it could cost for someone who is halfway resourceful, and given the degree to which being off-grid IS not a quick and easy process, being resourceful is kind of mandatory. I would call this infographic a bit deceptive at best and downright unhelpful at worst.

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