Nick Fouch and Esther Emery, the YouTube channel Fouch-o-matic Off Grid couple, have been living off the grid since 2013. In the video below they discuss–with solutions–10 things they wish they knew before beginning their homestead adventure.
Actually, they already sorta knew all this, but some of the details of the actual implementation took them by surprise … sometimes.
1) Solar power is easier than you think. It does work.
2) Plants can’t grow without soil; and if you don’t have good soil, you’ve got to make it. Think organic matter.
3) Water runs downhill, so a spring “up there” means water “down here”. A water system is easier than you think.
4) Carrying water is grueling and “demoralizing” work… figure out plumbing any way you can. Especially for winter months.
5) Batteries run out. LED lights only “sip” off a battery bank, and rechargeable items (like headlamps) are more efficient than packs of AA batteries.
Considering an underground bunker as a survival option? Something that’s a bit more affordable than this?
Well there’s a company in Texas, Rising S, that specializes in underground bunkers, storm shelters, safe-rooms, blast doors, and bomb shelters.
They offer a lifetime guarantee. Each unit is 100% steel, fabricated by hand, and customized to each client’s unique specs.
Security, water, fire. And now, shelter.
For both immediate and long-term outdoor emergency situations, protective survival shelters are a must. Shelter types depend on weather conditions, your geographic location, and the season of the year.
If you’re lost in a forest without your gear or the means to create a fire, here’s how to build a debris shelter to help you get through the night.
This type of shelter should keep you warm and dry. And you’ll see why this probably won’t work in a pine forest.
Survival Lilly starts with a ridge pole leaning against a natural structure. Beneath this you cover the ground with a thick layer of dead leaves.