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The Off Grid Project is ongoing with daily video updates. It all began when I lost my job and apartment in 2013 and moved into a camper during a blizzard. This dilapidated old camper was to be my home for a while until I built myself back up.

Later I moved into an RV and then eventually built a tiny house on wheels. I met a girl. Got married and when we were going to have a baby, we moved to Michigan to our current homestead in the woods.

I never went back to the rat race and continued to make daily videos of life on the homestead. For a while my wife Melanie made homesteading videos as well, until our daughter became a full time job. My own channel has branched off into three channels dealing with homesteading, electronics and survival.

Follow our progress, struggles, trials and adventures as we stive to get fully off the grid and become self sufficient on our forest homestead. We are currently living on an 18 acre homestead in Northern Michigan. Watch, interact and share ideas on my YouTube channel:
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How To Get Off The Grid

The Off Grid Project is a collection of DIY plans that will show you how to get off the grid for under $5,000.

Follow along on the path to energy independence, through a series of real life experiments in off grid living.

The complete program covers everything from energy, to heat, to water supply and waste disposal.

  • Learn how to make your own solar panels and windmills.
  • How to make passive solar household heating and solar water heating.
  • How to set up an off grid water supply and how to provide hot running water.
  • How to dispose of waste water and solid waste in an environmentally friendly manner
  • How to heat your home and cook with an ultra efficient DIY wood stove design.
  • How to cool your home with geothermal cooling.
  • How to avoid poisonous chemicals and move to organic cleaning methods
  • How to plant and maintain an organic vegetable garden.
  • And how to preserve your own foods.

When The Off Grid Project is completed, a book will be written showing you how to get your home off the grid on a budget. The book will contain all the information from this site, plus lots more.

Currently I am running a video series on The Off Grid Project and "How To Get Off The Grid For $5,000", which is the title of the book I am working on.

You can follow the video series on How To Get Your Home Off The Grid For $5,000
Here on DIY Tube Video Community. DIY Tube is my own video sharing website and you are all welcome to join and share your own experiences. I started a brand new series in March 2019 which will guide you on your own path to energy independence so please follow along.

There will be ongoing activities during the duration of The Off Grid Project, so bookmark this page and keep checking back for updates. The Off Grid Project has been extended in order to complete the new video series and the book. Due to increasing interest in the project and the wide scope of the field of alternate energies, The Off Grid Project will continue.

You can get fully off the grid for $5,000 or less. By following the project, you will see that it is possible, if you follow precisely the plans that are shown throughout these pages. Some households may choose to invest more money and some less. It depends on your own finances and comfort level. You can apply every one of these energy savings techniques, or pick and choose as you like.

The off grid trailer shown in the video above, for example, was taken off the grid on a super low budget. The 32 foot camper was found for free in the classifieds and required $100 in DIY repairs. The original solar panels were all homemade using B grade solar cells and lumber yard supplies. The control electronics and wiring were homemade DIY projects. The rain water collection system was made of mostly free and salvaged materials.

The Off Grid Project should be of interest to the retired, recently unemployed or survivalists and preppers due to the nature of the low budget and back to basics experiments and plans covered in day to day life at The Off Grid Homestead.

Troy Reid, the author of The Off Grid Project, was unemployed in 2013 and decided to follow the path to energy independence and get back to the land. Leaving the rat race behind and getting closer to nature and the old ways.

No matter what your energy savings budget or goals, you will be sure to find an energy savings technique here that will help you on your path to energy independence.

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