Why We Chose To Live Off-Grid

why we chose to live off grid

We live 100% off-grid using solar power.  We started this venture in 2010 when we moved from PA to ID moving to raw untouched land we purchased site unseen and setup our canvas wall tent to which we called home for 8 1/2 months while we built our own home.

We both grew up on farms as children and were brought up in a traditional environment.  It was something we initially wanted to get away from as young adults, but it had seeped into our bones and now we feel that we are living in the wrong era.

We love the simplicity of traditional living therefore we try to do as much for ourselves as we can.  We raise meat rabbits, chickens mainly for eggs, milk goats and honey bees.  We also hunt all our meat for the year during the hunting seasons.  We are finally able to get our garden and greenhouse in this year which will be a true blessing and savings from buying high priced organic produce, not that it is not worth it to have good produces, but one less expense for our family and one more way we are becoming more self reliant.  We can everything we can get our hands on and purchase everything else we need in bulk quantities.

Living off-grid provided us with a freedom from the norm.  An ability to be self contained and able to provide for ourselves.  Can everyone do it?  Yes!  Some may have an expensive fuel bill because they won’t alter their current every day routine prior to going solar, where others will use the generator a little to charge their batteries when necessary and have little expense and then there will be people like ourselves who adjust to our solar and are frugal with our power and do most of our power consuming things on sunny days to eliminate expenses of any kind.

So today, I’m sharing our story over at The Homesteading Hippy. ♥


I am currently working on a solar e-book that will be available by the end of September 2015.  For those of you that are considering an off-grid lifestyle this may be something that will be of interest for you.  I will be announcing the release of my book in my newsletter.  If you are interested you may signup for our newsletter in the sidebar of our website.

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Tammy Trayer is an author, freelance writer, blogger at TrayerWilderness.com and a radio show host at Mountain Woman Radio. Tammy and her family live traditionally off-grid and have a passion to help educate others by sharing their experiences of living off the land, dealing with autism, gluten free and dairy free cooking, self-reliance, wilderness survival, traditional and primitive skills, and much more. Follow Tammy's radio show on iTunes and her website. Keep up with Tammy's informative articles and videos by subscribing to: http://TrayerWilderness.com and http://trayerwilderness.com/youtube. She and her family have also created http://trayerwildernessacademy.com where they will be teaching their homesteading, off-grid, traditional and wilderness survival skills to like-minded people just like you.

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14 thoughts on “Why We Chose To Live Off-Grid

  1. Super interested in your lifestyle choice.I have attended some Dave Canterbury classes ,and look to move in this direction. I feel you provide excellent info. and actually live the life style ,which speaks volumes to me.Is your book on solar energy available as yet.I am interested in learning as much as possible on that as I feel it is a big key to being successful at your life style,do you recomend books or web sites on solar energy gathering ?I will be following your adventures and hope to join the lifestyle soon ,or at least close to it.I also have two daughters ,teens, which is one big reason I am so intersted in your choice to live with a son off grid.