11 Must Read Books To Get You Off The Grid
This collection of books will provide you with tutorials on many aspects of the off-grid lifestyle that we’re all focused on building.
We have books included that teach you how to build your own eco-home, how to harvest water, how to generate your own power and even growing your own food.
In today’s day and age, many of us are planning on going off-grid, downsizing, homesteading, survival prepping or simply living a more “down to earth” lifestyle, it’s great to have access to information and tips from people who have already done it.
Check out the selection we include below. If you don’t want to spend money on the books, remember that the information on our site is free (we have more detailed courses that you’ll pay for as well).
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Earth-Sheltered Houses: How to Build an Affordable Underground Home
Earth-sheltered houses utilize thermal mass in order to create a low-impact dwelling. Written by a former contractor and founder of an eco-building school with 27 years experience. Rave reviews.
Projects to Get You Off the Grid: Rain Barrels, Chicken Coops, and Solar Panels
144 pages, a collection of 20 tutorials from turning old windows into a greenhouse, building a chicken coop, making rainwater collectors and even making an algae bioreactor from water bottles!
The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!
This book is another “cult classic” and teaches organic gardening, keeping livestock, preserving meats and fruits, and more.
OFF THE GRID: Live in a Van, Truck, Trailer, or Motorhome
Author JJ Luna is an “interesting cat” as they might say here in California. He’s written other books about how to “disappear” and live as anonymously as possible (legally). This book is in some ways an extension of those ideas. You can save a ton of money by living in a vehicle – and he gives all kinds of ideas on how to do so effectively.
Harvesting H2O: A prepper’s guide to the collection, treatment, and storage of drinking water while living off the grid
If you’re really living “out there” you’ll find out that while you can go without solar if you have to, you’re really stuffed without water. This book contains tutorials on the dangers of wild water, purifying your own water, water filter construction, distillation, rainwater collection, water storage, drilling wells and more.
Dirt-Cheap Survival Retreat: One Man’s Solution
I like the “realness” of this book. This is “real world” modern RV survival for someone who doesn’t have a huge budget to buy a big tract of land in the wilderness. Awesome for the modern nomad or drifter who wants freedom from the steel grip of the big mortgage.
DIY Solar Projects: How to Put the Sun to Work in Your Home
All manner of solar projects from passive solar water heating through to photovoltaic systems, and plenty of simple innovations such as “thermosyphon” solar heat collectors and clever reflector projects that cost little and provide energy!
DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeowner: 25 Ways to Build a Self-Reliant Lifestyle
All manner of projects including building a beehive, solar electricity, cold frame gardening, setting up a root cellar and more.
Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together
Forget GMOs for increased yields. Aquaponics is the answer, because it uses closed loop systems (make a note of this phrase, closed loop systems are going to become incredibly important in the years to come.) Aquaponics is an incredible way of creating what is effectively a maximum-yield “ecosystem” designed to produce healthy food. An essential topic for the “off-gridder”.
Earthship: How to Build Your Own, Vol. 1
The classic from Earthship pioneer Michael Reynolds. He has now created a whole series on this topic but this one is the original.
Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition
This book is a “cult classic” covering how things used to be done before power tools and modern “conveniences”. Essential stuff from dyeing your own wool with plant pigments through to raising chickens and building a log cabin.
Would you recommend any other books?