How Living Off-Grid Taught Me To Keep House

Three years off-grid, no hot water. After a week in town on the grid, here's what I've learned.

Can I tell you a secret? Come closer. I've never been a great housekeeper. I mean, really, there are so many other great things to do. Not even my mom likes cleaning behind the toilet, after all, and you can eat off her floors. Okay, so why would I be telling everyone that I've figured this out? If you're like me, you're struggling with the same issues, right?

Well, it started with two back-to-back storms that stranded me IN TOWN for a week. Why is that significant? Well, we're 100% off-grid and don't have running hot water. Keep reading to find out all the details.
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After three years of keeping house without electricity or running water, I spent a week doing housework at a friend's house in town. Here is what I learned about getting the housework done.

Those who read here regularly (or who have read the About page) know that we live partway up an old, low Nova Scotian mountain. We’re off-grid – solar power, wood heat and a propane stove that’s older than I am – and our nearest neighbours are almost five miles away. The nearest power lines are down there with the neighbours.
After three years of keeping house without electricity or running water, I spent a week doing housework at a friend's house in town. Here is what I learned about getting the housework done.

We’ve been here for nearly three years, and we have learned to live quite well.

When we need hot water, we plan ahead and make sure it’s heating on the stove. In the winter, that might mean turning on the water main or bringing in water to thaw. And that also means planning ahead to have dry firewood and a hot fire.

Everything that requires hot water requires a lot of planning and careful timing.

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When we need drinking water, we plan ahead and make sure to fill the water storage containers at the community spring. Or, if the water is running in the pipes, we plan ahead and boil water in the kettle, on the stovetop.

If you’re wondering about the toilet – we use a composting toilet. I kind of hate it, a lot, but we’re learning to live with it, and at least it doesn’t require water. That is handy since our pipes invariably freeze in the winter. It does, however, need emptying. Maybe carrying water would be easier.

I confess that I do not try to hand wash clothes inside in the winter. We have a wonderful friend in town who lets us “rent” her washer and dryer until we get a proper wash house built.

Of course when we get that, it will require having a fire going in the wash house so that I can do laundry without freezing! My washing machine is a refurbished Maytag wringer. Yes, they're still available, but unless you have an Amish appliance refurbisher handy, you will likely need to hunt through second hand sites to find one.


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More planning ahead, more carrying wood and water.

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