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Old 01-08-2011, 09:17 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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While you are searching I thought you might enjoy this if you haven't already seen it. Written by one of our CD members and a very interesting account of their process in going off grid.
http://www.city-data.com/forum/tenne...tennessee.html
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Old 01-08-2011, 11:28 AM
 
Location: the piedmont triad
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I know...bugs are a problem. I meant mosquitos really. Other bugs are fine
bat houses are great for that, we have one by a house on the river and they really keep the mosquitos down.....oh- and for some reason(i forgot why) not eating bananas when the mosquitos are out helps to keep them from biting you.
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Old 01-08-2011, 05:43 PM
 
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Wow! Thanks Dubble T , that TN post was amazing. Never could figure out how to see their house all finished. But, what I did see was very cool. Thanks for sharing.
happy2bemom

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Old 01-09-2011, 03:03 PM
 
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While you are searching I thought you might enjoy this if you haven't already seen it. Written by one of our CD members and a very interesting account of their process in going off grid.
http://www.city-data.com/forum/tenne...tennessee.html
Thanks for linking to Lisa's photo/journal. Got some good tips like PEX for the plumbing of our off-grid home.
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Old 01-10-2011, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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We are looking for a place to retire that has minimal bugs, a long growing season, and adequate water and sunshine for living off the grid.

Does such a place exist?
If anyone has any suggestions, we'd sure appreciate it.
We are currently in the 'go and check the place out' mode and have a few years of planning left. But, we may decide to buy some land now to 'sit on' and get some things planted before we actually retire.

Thanks for any suggestions!
happy2bemom
You do get accustomed to the bugs after a while.
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Old 01-10-2011, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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Being in love with the idea of living in rural America and actually doing it are two different things. The biggest issue by far is not bugs, it is distance. It is the distance between you and the county road that isn't plowed. It is the time and distance between you and the nearest emergency vehicle. It is the distance between you and the hospital. It is the distance between you and shopping for groceries, or an auto part, or a belt for the washer, etc.. It is the distance and time between you and the funace, septic, well, hardware, or lumber, guy.

Forty years ago we planned for our golden years with a yard full of beautiful flowers and a vegetable garden in the country. It was an idyllic dream. The last 25-years have been spent with doctors, surgeons, nurses and pharmacies. There is no flowers, no garden; it was plowed under because we couldn't do the work any longer.

Now we live in a small rural town where the road is plowed, the grocer is two blocks, the EMT is 5 blocks away, the pharmacy delivers, the city sprays and we still have a very large lot. And yes, we are still 50 miles from the nearest city that has a population of more than 25,000.

Our area is very nice. jt js green space in the Mississippi Flyway witb rolling hills, farms and ranchs that is separated by forested areas, streams, lakes and rivers. You see flowers peeking out of the earth in March and snow coverd Wheat in January - so I think it is a perfect growing season - for me. One exceptionally warm fall i had fresh tomatoes from my garden on the Thanksgiving table. it was divine and has not happened since.
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Old 01-11-2011, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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The biggest problem I encountered as a senior living in rural areas is lack of quality medical care and county health departments that failed to enforce basic sanitation practices in public buildings such as restaurants, meat departments in grocery stores, public bathrooms, hospitals and nursing homes. This is why MRSA is a community problem. Been there, done that, too.
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Old 01-13-2011, 05:13 AM
 
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While you are searching I thought you might enjoy this if you haven't already seen it. Written by one of our CD members and a very interesting account of their process in going off grid.
http://www.city-data.com/forum/tenne...tennessee.html
Nice post - did they ever explain what they did for a living? That project did not look cheap.... In my humble opinion, most people face the fact that going rural from your city life will require lots of savings and those savings can be depleted very quickly if no income is added to them...
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Old 01-13-2011, 06:36 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Nice post - did they ever explain what they did for a living? That project did not look cheap.... In my humble opinion, most people face the fact that going rural from your city life will require lots of savings and those savings can be depleted very quickly if no income is added to them...
Some of their income is from flipping houses, they have another thread about a house they just flipped in FL. Our Flip House......A Weekly Story
As for any other income, I couldn't tell you, don't recall it being brought up at all.... but yes, some of those projects looked like they involved a fair investment of time and effort and money. From the sound of it once you're off grid it isn't a terribly expensive lifestyle, but getting to that point looks like it involves a little bit of pocket change!
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Old 01-13-2011, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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I looked at solar panels for may because Ameren was buying electricity at the time. What i learned is it would cost me a small fortune i did not have and i would gain little in savings. So I did some of the other suggested things that reduced my eletric bill considerably. The one thing i did not do that i should ave done was inststall the "on demand" water heater. At. the time it was over $1K.
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