Family of 7 Living Completely Off-Grid in Northern Canada!

Family of 7 Living Completely Off-Grid in Northern Canada!

In this video, we meet Jeff, Rose, and their 5 girls who are living completely off grid on a 40-acre piece of land in Northern British Columbia, Canada. They built their own off-grid house for less than ,000 with cedar posts sunk into the ground like a pole barn, log rafters, plywood, foam insulation, and a living roof. The house was so affordable to build because they didn’t have to excavate or pour a concrete foundation, dig a well, or install a septic system.

They have 2 solar power systems to power everything they need. The first solar system is just one solar panel that generates 12-Volt power for their lights, cell phones, and music player. The larger system is a 2.5 Kilowatt solar power system installed on their shop roof with a lithium ion battery bank that powers their full-sized fridge, a chest freezer, washing machine, as well as a mixer, blender and a toaster. They have a backup generator but they only have to use it for about 40 hours per year during prolonged cloudy or snowy periods.

All of the water the family uses is rainwater collected from their shop roof and stored in a tank under the shop floor to keep it cool. They carry buckets of water into the house for cooking, dishes and showers. To produce clean drinking water, they filter their rainwater in a passive water filter called a Burkey (check them out here: http://www.berkeyfilters.com).

The grey water from their kitchen sink and shower drains into a shallow grey water field in the backyard.

They have 2 composting bucket toilets and they sprinkle sawdust into the buckets after each use to absorb moisture and prevent smells.

For heat, they cut their own firewood for their Blaze King catalytic wood stove, and for their antique cookstove in the kitchen that they use for cooking and baking.

Jeff and Rose homeschool their 5 girls for a few hours each day and also ensure that their kids are learning diverse life skills like growing their own food, caring for horses, raising bees, and more.

We’re very impressed with the clever solutions this family has come up with to make off-grid living seem so easy.

If you want to learn more about this inspiring family and follow their journey, check out their Gridlessness project — they have a blog and a YouTube channel.

Gridlessness Blog:
http://gridlessness.com

Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle

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Escaping the Rent Trap – Simple Living in a Lotus Belle Tent

Escaping the Rent Trap – Simple Living in a Lotus Belle Tent

If you’ve ever dreamed of living in a luxury tent in the forest, then this may just be the set-up for you! Over the last couple of months we have been flat out finishing the project and getting everything ready for me to move in. The Lotus will be my home while I finish building the Tiny House. Watch the update on this set-up here: https://youtu.be/MamjU0RqZTM

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Simple Living Part 2. Monet & The Mindset of a Homsteader

Simple Living Part 2. Monet & The Mindset of a Homsteader

In this episode, I share my insights from a life of chasing dreams instead of dollars. All I ever wanted when I was a boy, was to live a simple life in a cabin in the woods when I grew up. Instead of listening to what I was told to do, I chose my own path and conquered my dreams. Come along on my philosophical journey where I share my experiences from over 30 years of living off the grid. Royalty Free audio files provided by www.audiomicro.com and Footage Firm which I am fully licensed for.
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