Self-Education

You can literally learn anything you want to know with the right book. With technological advances today, books are getting easier to find electronically, rather than the physical paper books that we all grew up with. However, if you plan to go off-grid for any length of time, you will want to build your book library with useful “paper” books that will help get you through any situation.

A good place to start your library is right here, with some top-rated books about off-grid living.


Off-Grid Living: How To Build Wind Turbine, Solar Panels And Micro Hydroelectric Generator To Power Up Your House

Off-grid living, wind turbine, solar, survival, bookThis book is going to change the way you think about the wind, and the way you rely on the modern day use of power. You don’t have to be a master with woodworking or tools, you just need the right set of directions and a few basic skills, and you can make your own wind turbine.

 

Off the Grid: Simple Solar Homesteading

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This book is for anyone thinking about or already living off-grid. It includes detailed step-by-step plans for a solar cabin and over 30 other projects. This is an encyclopedia for homesteading and off-grid living written by a homesteader and includes cabin plans, solar and wind system installation, solar composting toilet, how to make a living from your homestead, where to find cheap land and much more.

 

Off the Grid – Getting Started

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What are the essentials you’ll need to begin an off-the-grid lifestyle, and how do you get started? This practical how-to guide considers all aspects of remote living, including site selection and the creation of your own utilities. Investment and ongoing costs of backwoods living are evaluated, based on the building-block approach to solar power and other readily-available technologies. This book is designed for those who seek an extensive evaluation of basic remote lifestyles and a realistic approach to getting started.

 

Step-by-Step Projects for Self-Sufficiency

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Get ready to be self-sufficient. Whether tackling the garden, raising animals, learning more about alternative energy, or bettering your storage and preservation, Step-by-Step Projects for Self-Sufficiency is the perfect starting point. Step-by-step instructions and photos will guide you through how to make over 60 complete projects. After all, DIY projects are more fun (and generally easier) when you approach them with helpful aides and tools you made yourself.

 

Off Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness

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Off Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness is the story of the journey Ron Melchiore undertook as a young man from the city, first to homesteading in northern Maine and then to living in the bush of northern Saskatchewan. He has lived off grid since approximately 1980 and speaks candidly about the joys and the tribulations of his chosen lifestyle.

 

Off Grid Solar: A handbook for Photovoltaics with Lead-Acid or Lithium-Ion batteries

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Off Grid Solar is a pocket guide and quick reference for anyone looking to build an electrical energy system with the free sunshine available to us all.
“The limitations to widespread solar are not centered on the cost, the efficiency, or the need for advancements in technology. The limitations are solely due to the lack of widespread knowledge on the subject.”

 

How to Survive Off the Grid: From Backyard Homesteads to Bunkers (and Everything in Between)

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For anyone who has ever dreamed of leaving it all behind and heading for the hills, survival expert and three-time New York Times bestselling author, Tim MacWelch, makes that a reality with How to Survive Off the Grid. Concrete, useful hints cover everything from raising chickens in your urban backyard to going totally off the grid in your all-solar log cabin. A guide for the modern homesteader this covers energy efficiency, finding and pumping your own water, keeping chickens, goats, bees, and other critters, and much more from a practical hands-on perspective.


There are thousands of great books on the market that can help you not only survive off the grid but also thrive off the grid. If you are seriously considering off-grid living, these books are worth a read.