Thursday, May 24, 2012

Off-Grid Challenge

          First off, I apologize for my off-grid post being late.  This weeks challenge isn't really a challenge, but rather something to think about when working towards self-sufficiency.

Is the use of propane really self-sufficient?

         This is a question that has been rattling around in my brain this past week.  While the use of propane doesn't require being "connected" to a grid, it does mean that you are dependent upon someone coming to your home to fill your tank.  I had played around with the idea of purchasing a propane powered refrigerator.  I had even gone so far as to call several companies that sell them for more information.  But what would happen if the price of propane skyrocketed, or if a storm prevented the delivery truck from making it to our home.

         My ultimate self-reliant goal, is to be able to survive and thrive in the event that every modern technology that we enjoy today were to, for whatever reason, cease working.  No electricity, no phones, and limited fuel.  The thought of something like this happening truly scares me.  I am always thinking "how can I do this the old-fashioned way".  

          I promise that next week will be an actual challenge, but until then feel free to share your take on using propane as part of your homestead.


  1. My fiancee' and I chose to go all electric in our new manufactured home. Propane and natural gas scare me to death after there was a natural gas pipeline explosion in our county a couple of years ago. Even with all electric, I plan to conserve conserve conserve. I have health issues and just could not be totally off grid, but I can get very close with conservation. David...not as much as a conservationist as I but I am sure he will eventually improve :-) We ordered our new manufactured home with upgraded insulation to the max...that will help greatly.

  2. You know, this is a good thought. I don't think propane is necessarily a self sufficient concept but it is a step. And that's what you have been talking about. I would say continue with your power usage a normal and be able to can and have items that don't need energy. Bottom line: swapping one source of electricity for another doesn't really make you self sufficient. Don't worry about your power source and just be sure you can live without it :) I love your blog by the way! Keep writing.


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