By Savannah H. – Off The Grid News
Perhaps you’ve been researching the lifestyle of self-sufficiency for a while. You’ve started growing a garden, have a small flock of chickens and have begun living your life in a more frugal manner. So far you’re really enjoying the lifestyle change — but you yearn for more.
Here are 10 ways, in no particular order, you can “level up” how self-sufficiently you live.
1. Completely Move to a New Area
This is an obviously huge lifestyle change but often a common one for those on the path to homesteading and self-sufficiency. You can live fairly independently in an urban setting, but nothing beats having some land for your own purposes, even if it’s just a couple acres.
If you feel stuck in terms of progressing in this new lifestyle, it might be time to consider making a move to a new area. A huge change often will cause massive growth.
2. Set Up a Small Solar Power System
The epitome of independence for some people is to go completely off-grid. For others, going off-grid in everyday life isn’t appealing. If you fall into the latter category you still should invest in a small solar-powered system you can use during power outages or at least carry you through a survival situation.
This system doesn’t need to be huge and it doesn’t have to run your entire house. Rather, this system can be used just to charge batteries and run water pumps and other small appliances. Solar panels are truly a valuable investment in terms of peace of mind and overall ability to live more comfortably when you don’t have power.
3. Add a Backyard Apiary
Chickens, rabbits, a couple of sheep or goats and maybe a cow are all common types of livestock for a self-sufficient family. Take the path of producing your own animal-produced foods a step further by keeping bees.
Bees are such amazing creatures that there really is no reason to not keep them. They produce honey, a food that will never spoil. Honey is incredibly versatile, from being used to heal wounds to sweetening up food. It is also a great trading/bartering food item. Bees are also in decline in the wild, which means you’ll not just help your own property’s flora by having them around but also your community’s.