In a lot of prepper circles, it’s widely discussed how the best way to survive is in a cabin on 20 acres. Unfortunately, that’s not always feasible for most of us. Not to worry, even in the suburbs, there are some simple ways to go off grid. We put together a short list of things you can do without having to move to the country.
The Benefits Of Living In The Suburbs
Living in suburbia is a benefit to a lot of us. It allows us to be close to work, close to our families, etc. A lot of us also don’t know how we’d handle being out in the middle of no where. We enjoy having neighbors, we enjoy a lot of financial benefits, or just being close to everything.
Even in a SHTF situation, living in the suburbs gives us a lot of opportunity that isn’t available out in the country. A lot of folks we talk to prep as a community. With a strong neighborhood, you stand a much better chance. There is some truth to strength in numbers when you all pool your resources and skills for the greater good. In a long term SHTF scenario, foraging the surrounding are is a good way to supplement your stockpile or replace broken tools.
Surviving in the suburbs is ideal if you’re able to get off grid. Even if the world goes on chugging, suburban homesteading has it’s advantages. Cheaper (if any) electric bill, sustainable gardens cut back the grocery bill and keep your family eating healthy. Home security lets you and your family sleep better at night. Not to mention, going off grid is great for the environment no matter where you are.
Gardening and Canning
Sustainable gardening doesn’t always require a 10 acre ranch to yield enough food for you and your family. When done right, a few dozen square feet can produce enough food for a family of four. Couple it with some fruit baring trees and a window mounted spice garden and you can be a regular apocalyptic chef to the kings.
Permaculture is a big hit for suburban preppers, what you grow and how you grow it is largely dependent on where you live. There are some great guides online such as this one that make it easy and affordable. Permaculture is generally low maintenance and doesn’t take up a whole lot of space, which in suburbia is a must.
For more information, we also have our own guide on survival farming: Survival Farming: The Best Crops For When SHTF
Canning is another great idea for staying off-grid year round. Stocking up on canned fruits and vegetables will help save money on groceries each week and is a healthy alternative to store-bought foods. A recurring theme here is saving money. Financial independence is an important step to suburban prepping but more on that later.
Off-Grid Energy And Heating
Going off grid wouldn’t be complete without telling the utility company where to shove their bill. It’s cost effective where in it practically pays for it self. In most cases, the electric companies even subsidize it by buying your unused power. An added benefit is you get to save the environment while doing it!
Solar is the best choice for taking your energy needs off grid. It’s viable in just about every state as a cheaper alternative, even if the upfront costs can get steep, and it’s reliable. Solar energy can provide more than enough energy to keep your home running indefinitely. You can also cover your heating with a solar water heater. These devices are considerably cheaper than a full solar array. It also takes a big chunk out of your electric bill if you’re using an electric water heater. Not only that, but provides independence from the gas company for those of us with gas and oil heaters.
In addition to solar, wind energy may also be a viable alternative to solar. Geo-thermal is also a fast growing power source for many though it’s still young. However you do it, taking your energy needs off grid in the suburbs is a smart decision no matter how you slice it.