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7 Places in the U.S. Where You Can Move to for FREE and Live Off the Grid! (Over a Million Views!)

A white picket fence outlining a neatly groomed yard in a precisely planned development has been the stereotypical “American dream” for years. But now, some Americans are dreaming of living with “more space, less government, and true independence.” The movement is known as “off –the-grid” living, and it’s catching on in rural areas.

Going off the grid means living off the land and without government assistance. Millions of people live off the grid! The Amish, many Asians & Jews. Globally, hundreds of millions of indigenous people live off the grid. How to live for free? Barter for housing, land, food, and stuff… just get creative.

The movement has garnered a lot of buzz in recent years, and these sustainable communities have been springing up in rural areas all across the country. Although those who live off the grid are cut off from traditional power, sewage, water and gas lines, these sustainable communities generate their own electricity and communicate via satellites.

Here are seven of the best places for going off the grid and living sustainably in the U.S. (Here are 5 places people of color can move to when they’ve had enough of America! Enter)

Three Rivers Recreation Area

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Hidden in Central Oregon, Three Rivers Recreation Area is home to about 625 off-the-grid homeowners. The 4,000-acre community offers solar-powered electricity, high-speed internet and satellite television. But if you’re a little more outdoorsy, there are plenty of opportunities for riding dirt bikes, hunting, fishing and stargazing. The properties in the community range from simple campsites to cabins to million-dollar homes, so there’s sure to be something in your price range at Three Rivers.

Greater World Community

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The Greater World Community is home to the world’s first “Earthship” subdivision. Earthship homes are sustainable, solar-powered buildings made of eco-friendly materials, like adobe and recycled tires. Sprawled out over 634 acres in Taos, N.M., the Greater World Community offers residents open green space with hiking,biking and parks.

Breitenbush

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While some off the grid communities pop up because homeowners are out of reach from any power companies, others are planned communities. Breitenbush is a planned, off-the-grid community in Oregon with about 60 permanent residents. The Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat and Conference Center also draws in tourists to the community. What makes this off-the-grid community so special is that it’s heated by geothermal wells.

Earthaven

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Nestled in the mountains of North Carolina, just outside of Asheville, Earthaven is a planned community that focuses on being sustainable. Its 60 residents live in homes powered by solar power and hydropower. The village is set on 320 acres of land and hopes to grow to be a community of 150 residents.

Emerald Earth

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Emerald Earth

 

While most off-the-grid communities are made up of several homes, Emerald Earth has a single home in its community that is home to a dozen residents. There’s also no need for a septic system in this community because it runs on a composting outhouse. The communal house sits on 189 acres in Mendocino County, Calif.

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

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Dancing Rabbit is an ecovillage in northeast Missouri that’s home to 45 residents dedicated to living sustainably and making cultural change. The community focuses on living simply, using renewable energy and building homes out of sustainable and reclaimed materials.

Twin Oaks Community

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Just because you go off the grid doesn’t mean you have to give up working and making money. At the Twin Oaks Community, residents work making and selling hammocks and tofu that they distribute commercially. The residents split the profits and make a stipend and receive health care benefits. The community was established in 1967 and sits on 450 acres in rural central Virginia.  If you’re ready to move away for free and create a blissful peaceful and abundant life… Checkout the books below… then go to our ebook page for more. Enter

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Underground House Is The Ultimate Off-Grid Home

earth-houseOnce you find the perfect spot of land to enjoy a more self-reliant lifestyle, it is time to start building a home. A traditional brick and mortar home or a modular might be the easiest choices, but several types of unconventional dwellings offer far more opportunities to employ more sustainable and defendable systems on the property.

Earth berm homes utilize the architectural process of using soil against multiple walls to garner thermal mass. The practice reduced heat loss and helps sustain a steady temperature inside the home. Earth berm homes have become a favorite among off-the-grid families because they enhance the ability to use passive solar power, even in colder climates. Although the earth berm homes have become extremely popular in the past decade, they have been around since folks started gathering rocks and logs to craft shelters.

Types of earth berm homes

There are basically three different types of earth berm homes: 1) earth-covered, 2) earth-bunded, and 3) subterranean.

  • An earth-covered home can have soil solely on the roof or be an extension of earth berm dwelling side projects.
  • An earth-bunded home is a dwelling in which a thermal mass element is significantly applied to insulate one or more the sheltered side elevations of the building.
  • A subterranean home is a structure where the vast majority of the home is covered by soil.

Earth berm homes are often built into a hillside or slope, but sometime are constructed after land is excavated and the house is set below ground. In addition to generating thermal mass to help reduce energy consumption and costs, the earthen wall coverings also provide added protection for the home. Earthen homes are often touted as being quitter, the soil against the exterior walls help in reduce outside noise. From a defensive standpoint, the home is reportedly easier to defend when one or more walls, or the roof, are pressed against a hillside or slope.

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From a fire prevention standpoint, earth berm homes also have distinct advantages. When the homes themselves are built out of storage containers or poured concrete walls, the fire prevention aspect is further enhanced. When designing an earth berm home, concerns regarding lack of light and fire safety should be a top priority during the initial stages of the planning process.

I recently toured an earth berm home in southern Ohio owned by Selena and Randy Yates. Selena and her late husband Frank Pittman built the home about 30 years ago. When Frank was in the process of convincing Selena that an enhanced thermal mass dwelling was the way to, he found an existing earth berm house also located in Vinton County, for her to view. Being an incredibly sweet and giving woman, Selena readily agreed to her husband’s dream home, with one provision – he did not put dirt above her head.

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Selena and Randy Yates

Although Selena is not claustrophobic, the thought of essentially being buried did not appeal to her at all. Unlike Selena, I am incredibly claustrophobic, and got a bit anxious at the mere thought of touring their home.

My visit had a two-fold purpose: First as research for off-the-grid living home styles, and second because my own husband wants our next home to be an earth berm. I want a shipping container house with an atrium for my tortoises, so we decided upon a combined approach, providing I “survived” being inside Randy and Selena’s house. I was pleasantly surprised about the cozy yet unconfined atmosphere inside the house. The home is earth berm on two sides and built into a hillside. The house once had soil on three sides, but once Nick came along, Selena wanted a clear view of him playing outside in the yard, so the soil covering was removed and an enclosed porch added. The area is still incredibly warm with the back of it still being nestled against the hillside. The heat and humidity inside the enclosed porch make it a perfect place for growing plants, and to take a soak in the hot tub and watch the snow fall.

Randy and Selena recently added a new metal roof to the home, and now wish they had added skylights to the project – and are considering adding them. Randy is a postal carrier by trade, but a local hero by nature. As a member of the all-volunteer fire force which serves the county, he is concerned about an escape if a blaze does break out inside the home. Although earth berms are less of a fire hazard than conventional homes, Randy was quick to point out that if a fire starts and his brethren enter the home with hoses, steam will quickly be created and anyone in the back bedrooms could get scorched quickly, in addition to the smoke inhalation they could already be suffering from.

Doesn’t feel closed-in

The bedrooms pressed against the hillside did not appear dark or confined even though there were no windows in the room. A person who thoroughly enjoys quiet and darkness when going to sleep will likely love having an earth berm bedroom. The kitchen inside the Yates’ home is also part of the earth berm wall of the home, but does not feel dark or closed in, either. The wall which was removed does border the kitchen and dining area, but even before the soil was removed, the large glass double-door entryway likely provided ample light into the cooking and eating area.

The enigmatic Randy had another important word of warning about earth berm home construction: Never put a swimming pool on the level ground behind the home. Several years ago, right after installing a new pool liner, the Yates’ pool collapsed while people were floating around in it cooling off. Water from the pool was able to seep over the concrete walls where the roof adjoins. The couple sustained some water damage, and learned a valuable lesson they wanted to share with others considering building an earth berm home.

The earth berm combination shipping container home my husband Bobby is designing for us is going to make good use of the thermal mass for food growing and preservation purposes. The home plan we worked on for hours and finally agreed upon involves two of the shipping containers being placed against earth berm walls. An expansive pantry, storage room, and workshop will be housed inside parts of the storage containers. One wall of an enclosed porch will also be an earth berm. The room will provide a warm and humid location for my Sulcata tortoises to winter and for year-around crop growing.

I am very excited about following Survival Gardener Rick Austin’s Camouflaged Greenhouse design and sustainable heating plan so we can grow not only crops typically found in our region during summer months, but also so we can add miniature citrus trees and coffee trees, as well. Once we decide upon the perfect piece of land and start creating our new home.

Tara Dodrill

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Category: popular, shelter, visionaries
Date: January 16, 2014
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28 Ways to Uncomplicate Your Relationships

Almost two decades ago, when I asked my grandfather for some relationship advice, he said, “Honestly, the moment I stopped trying to find the right woman, and started trying to become the right man, your grandmother walked up to me and said, ‘Hello.’”

This small tip immediately changed the way I treated myself and others.  In fact, it set the foundation for all the healthy relationships I’ve nurtured over the years, including my relationship with Angel.

The bottom line is that every single one of our relationships starts within us.  When we uncomplicate ourselves, we uncomplicate our interactions with others.  When we stop doing the wrong things and start doing the right things, our relationships get a lot easier.

Which means it’s time to…

  1. Stop looking to others for the love and respect only you can give yourself. – Self-respect, self-worth, and self-love.  There’s a reason they all start with “self.”  You can’t receive them from anyone else.
  2. Start accepting and embracing your flaws. – Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.  Love yourself!  Forgive yourself!  Accept yourself!  You are YOU and that’s the beginning and the end… no apologies, no regrets.
  3. Stop comparing and competing every second. – Take one step at a time and don’t compare your progress with that of others.  We all need our own time to travel our own distance.  Remember this, and give others the space to do the same.
  4. Start letting others be exactly who they are. – Remember, a great relationship is about two things: First, appreciating the similarities, and second, respecting the differences.
  5. Stop being insensitive. – Always be kinder than you feel.  Yes, be waaaay kinder than necessary.  You never know what someone is going through.  If you cannot speak a kind word, say nothing at all.
  6. Start showing your love. – Don’t just say it; let your actions speak too.  Showing someone you care is wonderful, and it’s easy.  Sometimes the smallest act of love can take up the greatest space in someone’s heart.  To make someone happy, give them three things: attention, affection, and appreciation.
  7. Stop judging. – The more you judge, the less you see and love.  It’s easy to look at people and make quick judgments about them – their present and their past – but you’d be amazed at the pain and tears a single smile hides.  What a person shows to the world is only one tiny tip of the iceberg hidden from sight.  And more often than not, it’s lined with cracks and scars that go all the way to the foundation of their soul.  Never judge; learn to respect and acknowledge the feelings of another.  (Read The Gifts of Imperfection.)
  8. Start acting like what you do makes a difference. – You are needed.  You matter.  Always go above and beyond for those who need you most.  In a world full of people who couldn’t care less, be someone who couldn’t care more.
  9. Stop letting one dark cloud obliterate the whole sky. – Don’t sweat the small stuff today.  Don’t let stupid little daily frustrations interfere with your relationships.  Just do the best you can.  Live simply.  Love generously.  Speak honestly.  Work diligently.  Then let go and let what’s meant to be, BE.
  10. Start doing what’s right for YOU too. – Remember, if you care too much about what other people think, in a way, you will always be their prisoner.  You can’t live your entire life for someone else.  Sometimes you’ve got to do what’s right for you, even if someone you care about disagrees.
  11. Stop needing to always be right. – Sometimes we must choose to be wrong, not because we really are wrong, but because we value our relationship more than our pride.
  12. Start asking yourself: “Will this hurt someone I care about in any way?” – The bottom line is that you can’t keep hurting someone over and over and expect them to love and respect you.
  13. Stop focusing on outer beauty all the time. – Focus on inner beauty.  In the end, people are not as beautiful as they look, walk, or talk.  They are only as beautiful as they love, as they care, and as they share.  Also, a little formula to keep in mind for yourself: Self + Confident + Honesty = Beautiful
  14. Start noticing the little things. – Pay extra close attention to those you care about.  It’s nice when a friend remembers every tiny detail about you.  Not because you keep reminding them, but because they pay attention and care.
  15. Stop pressuring others into things, or putting up with those who pressure you. – Be patient.  Let people decide for themselves.  Being willing to wait is a sign of true love and friendship.  Anyone can say that they care about you, but not everyone will wait for you.
  16. Start using your voice to lift others up. – Let your voice inspire people every day so much that they think to themselves, “I’m so lucky, I have such a good life.”  Let your voice be the thing that lights a fire in others, and keeps them going even when it hurts.  Let your voice to be the one they hear in their dreams that tells them, you are so loved, you are so wanted, you are a special gift, and you are worthy.
  17. Stop taking things personally. – Whatever happens in a relationship, however people behave, just don’t take things too personally.  Nothing other people do is because of you; it’s because of them.  Their actions are a direct result of their thoughts, feelings, and emotions.  (Read The Four Agreements.)
  18. Start letting honest mistakes slide. – Lots of relationships fail because we spend more time pointing out each other’s mistakes and not enough time enjoying each other’s company.  So remember that EVERYONE makes mistakes… If you can’t forgive others, don’t expect others to forgive you.
  19. Stop being dramatic. – Spend less time gossiping about problems and more time helping yourself and others solve them.  Stay out of people’s needless drama and don’t create your own.
  20. Start forgiving yourself for the pain you caused in the past. – People can be more forgiving than you can imagine, but you have to forgive yourself too.  Let go of what’s bitter and move on.
  21. Stop letting your expectations get in the way of your love. – Love is simply friendship without unjust expectations.  It is a quiet understanding, a mutual confidence, and a commitment to sharing and forgiving.  It is loyalty through good and bad times.  It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.
  22. Start being honest about how you feel. – Remember, being honest might not always get you a lot of friends, but it will always get you the right ones.
  23. Stop spending time with those who continuously belittle you. – Don’t let anyone make you feel that you don’t deserve the good things happening in your life.  You deserve to be happy.  You deserve to live a life you are excited about.  Don’t let anyone make you forget that.  Surround yourself with people who make you a better person – those who inspire you to be your best self.
  24. Start giving yourself all the approval you need. – Say it: “I am who I am and your approval isn’t needed.”  Just be yourself and let the right people love the real you.  Find people who respect you as much as you respect them.  Be with those who are happy and proud to have you just the way you are.
  25. Stop saying “yes” when you want to say “no.” – You can’t always be agreeable; that’s how people take advantage of you.  Sometimes you have to set clear boundaries.  (Angel and I discuss this in detail in the “Relationships” chapter of 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.)
  26. Start communicating clearly. – Don’t try to read other people’s minds, and don’t make other people try to read yours.  Most problems, big and small, within a family, friendship, or business relationship, start with bad communication.  Someone isn’t being clear.
  27. Stop making it all about YOU. – The most successful people in the most successful relationships are looking for ways to help others.  The most unsuccessful people are still asking, “What’s in it for me?”
  28. Start living with 100% integrity. – Don’t cheat.  Be faithful.  Be kind.  Do the right thing!  It is a less complicated way to live.  Integrity is the essence of everything successful.  When you break the rules of integrity you invite serious complications into your life.  Keep life simple and enjoyable by doing what you know in your heart is right.

And finally, remember that good relationships don’t just happen; they take time, patience, commitment, and two people who truly want to work to be together.

The floor is yours…

What has helped you uncomplicate your relationships?  Or… Which of the tips above do you need to work on?  Leave a comment below and share your thoughts and insights.

Marc Chernoff

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Date: January 15, 2014
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