One of the biggest challenges in owning a tiny house is trying to find a place to park it. One option that is becoming increasingly popular is parking in a remote area and going off grid. Off-grid living comes with pros and cons, and you have to weigh your options carefully.
- More options – The thing that’s great about going off-grid is you can literally go anywhere. You don’t need power, water or any other external systems to live viably.
- Save money – Being disconnected from all of those utilities means no more utility bills!
- Privacy – If you want privacy, there’s nothing like having the ability to pull up stakes and go off-grid. You can literally go to the end of the world and as long you’re prepared to live off-grid, you’re golden!
- True independence – If you go off grid, you’re not reliant on the people and systems around you. A serious grid down situation, you remain unfazed.
- Logistics – You’re reliant on yourself. If you need water – you’ve got to find an haul water. If you’re reliant on solar and there’s no sunlight for a few days, you’ve got no power. If you need tanks of propane for heat and you’re snowed in – you’re out of luck. Off grid means the only backup you’ve got is the backup you plan for and build.
- Security – If you’re in the middle of nowhere and you get attacked by a bear or a would be ne’er-do-well you are left to your own devices to defend yourself until help arrives. If you’re within an area with cell service, you can call for help. But if you’re remote, it may be days before anyone might come along.
- Expenses – If you’ve got solar or photovoltaic power, you may be able to save money. But anything you need to have delivered to a remote location may cost. Things like having black water tanks pumped out can be quite expensive in remote areas.
- Planning – Living off grid requires a great deal of time and planning. What will I do I run out of liquid propane? What will I do if there is no wind or sun for an extended period? How will I get water if there is a drought? These may seem obvious, but you also have to plan for things that are out of your control.What if the road in my area is blocked and I am unable to get supplies? What if there is a run on local stores and the staples that I need are unavailable? Although these are the types of things that people on-grid and off-grid have to consider, being off-grid may make you particularly vulnerable.
Off-grid tiny houses are the ultimate in money-saving independence and freedom, but there are pros and cons to every situation, so be sure to plan ahead. We’d love to hear from some of our tiny house friends who have gone of grid. How’s it working out? Thanks for now, and keep thinking teeny tiny!