With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, more people than ever are starting to develop an interest in ‘living off the grid‘, or homesteading as it’s also known. As society has been upended by the virus and people have begun thinking about the potential of making huge changes to their own lives, the prospect of truly self-sufficient living has become more appealing than ever.

But where do you get started? If you’re interested in sustainable living, what do you need to get started?

You’ve come to the right place. Keep reading for our 5 top tips on a self-sufficient lifestyle.

1. Start a Community Garden (or Check Out the One You Already Have!)

‘Self-sufficient’ living can be a bit of a misnomer. Life is always easier when people pull together and pool skills and resources, after all. That’s why starting up a community garden in your local area can be a great first step toward making you and your neighbors properly self-sufficient.

And if someone else has already started one in your community, go check it out!

2. Chicken Out

Nothing will complement your new community garden quite like some backyard chickens. Even if you only raise them for their eggs, they can be a great source of nutritious food to go with the fruit and veg from your garden.

3. Cut Out the Extraneous Electrics

Let’s face it, you never actually watch half of those TV subscription services you have access to, and your clothes are wearing way too quickly in that clothes dryer.

So lose them.

This is one of the most immediately applicable and immediately useful sustainable living tips. The money and energy you’ll save as you lessen your dependence on extraneous streaming services and drying machines will shock you.

4. Pick Up Some New Skills

Sewing! Ever thought about it? You should. Remember those clothes that were wearing way too quickly in your costly drying machine? What if you could repair them using nothing but your own talents?

Picking up new skills that let you cut out expensive machines and middlemen is one of the best sustainable living ideas out there, for obvious reasons!

5. Look Into Alternative Energy Sources

We’d all like to help out the planet and cut our bills at the same time, right? So look into alternative sources of power for your home: solar, hydropower, and so on are all great, sustainable, and clean sources of energy that you could invest in right now if you’re ready to make the switch.

Self-Sufficient Living Is More Doable Than You Think

So there you have it, our top 5 tips for those of you out there curious about self-sufficient living. It can sometimes seem like hard work, but if you take it a step at a time and commit to the easier stuff first, you can that self-sufficient lifestyle ball rolling with a speed you never thought possible!

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