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Getting By With Less, The Sequel: Even More Good Ideas For Off-The-Grid Energy And Resource Preservation

As wise heads have often observed, the simplest things in life are the best.

This is one of those timeless truths that applies to just about everything connected to homesteading, including energy and resource preservation. Despite the fact that some try to portray the off-the-grid lifestyle as a flirtation with radical-ness, in reality it is the more conventional way of living that represents a radical departure from traditional wisdom and common sense, including the idea that the simplest things are the best. Because they are in touch with everything sensible, logical, and practical, off-the-gridders are always looking for ways to save energy and conserve resources, and when they discover methods for getting by with less that only require an easy adjustment of habits or a small investment of hard-earned money, they are usually ready to jump in feet first.

In the previous article, we looked at several different inexpensive and convenient ideas that could help homeowners save energy and preserve valuable resources. One simple article could never do justice to the cause of energy- and resource-use-efficiency, however, which is why we need to delve into this topic a little further before we call it a day.

So without further adieu, here are a few more bank-account-friendly suggestions on how to get by with less, for those who are living off-the-grid in spirit as well as in reality.

Lighting Your Home without Lightening Your Wallet

The two most basic principles of home lighting efficiency are already well known to dedicated energy savers: make use of natural light, and replace your incandescent bulbs with CFLs or LEDs. But there are more things you can do to fully exploit available light sources than just changing a few bulbs and putting in extra windows or skylights [1], and if you put all of these recommendations into practice, you should have no trouble shaving a few percentage points off of your overall rate of electricity expenditure.

Harness the power of the sun for your energy needs… [6]

Don’t Let Your Water Run Down the Drain

Saving water can be every bit as imperative for off-the-gridders and their fellow travelers as conserving energy, especially for those of you who are living in arid environments. And if you happen to live in an area that suffers seasonal droughts – as most locations in the U.S. do – water can suddenly become a scarce and precious resource in a very short period of time, which is why saving water at any time of year can be a wise precaution no matter where you happen to reside.

Thinking Outside The Box

Ultimately, the most powerful weapon you have in the fight against energy and resource misuse is your own creativity. When you let that tiger loose from his cage, the sky really is the limit, and the chances are that you will be able to come up with all kinds of neat and interesting ideas on how you can get by with less.

To give you an idea of what we are talking about, here are three suggestions that can spur your imagination and help get you started:

A Penny, Kilowatt, Or Gallon Saved Is A Penny, Kilowatt, Or Gallon Earned

For the most part, the types of suggestions contained in the “Getting By With Less” series probably seem like they are hardly worth the trouble. After all, most of them would likely only save you a few nickels worth of energy here or a few dimes worth of resources there. But here is the thing about all those nickels and dimes – they have a tendency to add up to real money a lot more quickly than you would have imagined was possible. Rather than taking them piece by piece, if you look at all these suggestions as integral aspects of a comprehensive program designed to help you take constructive action wherever possibilities present themselves, then and only then will you see the vast potential for savings that these ideas taken as a whole represent.

The simplest things in life are most certainly the best, and if you take that aphorism to heart, you and your family will soon find yourselves living in a way that is easy, convenient, inexpensive, and immensely satisfying.

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