We’ve been living off the grid on our land for three full months now and today is a great day because we had our off grid internet installed! We didn’t know how complicated it would be to get internet to our off grid property, and we also thought we may have to have a solid power system set up first (like solar). It turns out, getting internet to our property was extremely easy and was done by noon in a single day!
Living off the grid can be challenging to say the least. They say “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone” and this couldn’t be more true when it comes to off grid living. When we decided to start our off grid homestead 100% from scratch, we knew that we would have to temporarily (and some permanently) say goodbye to many modern luxuries such as endless fresh water, endless hot water, endless heat, endless food storage, endless electricity, and endless internet.
Today, we decided to do ourselves a huge favor and get our internet installed. The first and second month of our homesteading journey was spent gathering tools, demolishing a barn and house for reclaimed materials, installing our septic system, cutting down trees for lumber, paving our driveway with rock, and more. Our last big project for the winter was building an off grid cabin for the winter, winterizing our RV, and now we’re ready to hibernate!
Why Not Having Internet While Living off the Grid Was Extremely Challenging
While we still don’t have many luxuries that we would love to have down the road, it was extremely challenging going without internet because we make our income online. The problem with not having internet on our property is that we have to run into town just to use wifi, and while that usually means we get coffee too (which we enjoy), it does mean that we need to use wifi during business hours. Business hours often align themselves with sunlight, which is prime time for working on our land! That always left us with the option of working on our land or making money, when we really would like to be doing both.
Another problem is that we frequently upload videos to YouTube for the blog which takes 0.5-3 hours for each video, so we would have to sit and babysit hte upload rather than letting it upload while we work or sleep.
Every time we’d go to get wifi we’d also buy a cup of coffee (you know, to be respectful and not just mooch free wifi) and our coffee bill was becoming quite large when our internet usage was high.
And lastly, us working online is extremely integrated with our lifestyle. We frequently multi-task, take breaks, one of us will work on the computer while the other will be doing something else (cooking food, doing housework, etc.) so the fact that we would need to plan an internet day or internet session in town was very impractical.
What We’re Now Able to Do & Why Internet is Great Throughout Winter
Since we have been covered in snow for about two weeks straight now, and will likely have cold and snowy weather for the next few months, we plan to shift our focus from property development to working on our online businesses. We haven’t worked in about 6 months and it’s time to get back in the saddle! We are very excited about it!
Also, we spent A LOT of money in our first three months and we really need to just take a chill pill for a while. We hope to work hard at developing our online business so that come spring, we are ready to rock and roll with more projects such as building our timber frame barn!
Onwards & Upwards!
Just wanted to share with you all this exciting moment in time for us… time to get to work! We will likely do a blog post and video on the details of our off grid internet solution, so stay tuned for the details!
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