Wednesday, January 22, 2020

How To Live More Self-Sufficiently

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Self-sufficiency is a way of life that involves using your own resources and not having to rely on other people’s assistance. It can take a lot of energy and independence to live self-sufficiently, but it can also save you money and give you more control over your everyday needs. Here are just a few ways in which you can live more self-sufficiently.

Start your own business

Starting your own business gives you control over your own income. Without having to answer to an employer you can take on your own workloads and charge your own rates. You will still have to follow certain rules and ensure that certain licenses are in place. However, you’re likely to still enjoy more freedom than working for an employer.

Grow your own food

Many of us rely on grocery stores to provide us with food. Growing some of your own food could help to cut your grocery bills and could give you the satisfaction of knowing exactly where your ingredients come from. If you’re serious about growing your own food, you could look into farm land for sale – this could allow you to grow large amounts of fruit and vegetables of your choice and possibly even sell some of this produce. Alternatively, you could simply start a vegetable patch in your backyard or even grow a few edible plants indoors.

Harvest your own water

It’s also possible to harvest your own water. The most common method of doing this is to harvest rainwater in barrels. Such water could be used for gardening purposes or toilet flushing. Alternatively, you may be able to convert it into drinking water using a boiling and UV filtration system. You’ll no longer have to pay water bills and will be able to rely off of your very own water system.

Generate your own power

You can also go off-grid and generate your own electricity. Solar panels are an effective way of doing this and are able to harvest a huge amount of energy. In fact, with the right amount of solar panels, you may never require the need to pay an electricity bill ever again. Electricity can also be used for heating and cooling.

Teach yourself DIY skills

Being able to craft items or make your own repairs could be a valuable skill for living self-sufficiently. This could involve everything from being able to make your own cleaning products to being able to fix plumbing leaks yourself. Not everyone is DIY-savvy, however it’s become a lot easier to learn DIY skills thanks to the internet. You’ll save a lot of money by not having to buy as many products or having to call up technicians.

Learn to be frugal

Living a frugal life makes it much easier to get by self-sufficiently. Focus on your needs and less on keeping up with trends. You may realize that you don’t need to wear designer fashion brands or own expensive furniture. You may even realize that you can do without a TV or a car. Without the need to spend as much money, there won’t be the need to earn as much money, allowing you to truly make the most of your time. 


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