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The Do It Yourself World
Join us and follow along as we strive to become fully self sufficient and off the grid on our 18 acre homestead in the woods. My wife Melanie, our daughter Michelle, and I moved in the spring of 2017 to our new homestead in Northern lower Michigan.
We are surrounded by wild State forest land teaming with wildlife. For many, this is vacation paradise. For us, this is home. There are very few full time people around, which ads to the wildness and the beauty of the area. This also leaves us pretty much alone in the quiet and peaceful forest.
We are raising chickens for meat, eggs and for some extra money to help pay the bills. We grow our own food to help offset the cost of groceries. We hunt and fish for meat as needed and to stock up for the harsh winter months.
We hope to become more and more independent of the grocery stores with time and eventually become fully self sufficient.
We are putting up solar panels and battery backup systems to power our meager needs in our off grid tiny house. We use primarily wood heat to keep us warm in the cold winter months.
I spent the day running to and fro cleaning up the homestead, the house and running projects and experiments.
The sun was shining brightly on the solar panels so we had energy to burn literally. When the sun shines fully on the panels we have more energy than the batteries need to top off. So we can run some extra things around the off grid tiny house.
I had a lot of things plugged into the solar power outlets during this day. We had batteries and battery powered devices charging up while we ran our laptops fully on solar power.
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