Off-Grid Academy

Required courses for off-the-grid living

Curriculum:

  • Water systems
    • Springs
      • Hallelujah hallelujah you hit the jackpot if you have one
    • Wells
      • Shallow
        • You got off cheap
      • Deep
        • You’re in for 20,000.00
    • Getting your water to where you want it
      • Hoses-Managing 10,000 feet
      • Trenches-Don’t dig during the winter or you’ll end up digging through 10 feet of snow before you even get to the ground-AKA Don’t do what we did
      • The art of siphoning or How to suck a bowling ball through a garden hose
      • The water pump
    • Storing your water
      • Make sure your RV tank doesn’t have a huge hole before filling it up
      • Tanks: Go big so you can actually take a shower and do the dishes without having to refill
  • Propane Systems
    • Why they’re your new BFF
    • Switching everything to gas
  • Electrical
    •  Red is red and black is black but sometimes it’s white
    • Your wiring is not rainbow colored
    • Battery as opposed to AC or What you can run on and when and for how long
  •  Batteries
    • Care, feeding and maintenance
    • 1  battery actually equals 1/2 a battery: Why you have to buy double
    • How to make one huge battery from 50 little ones
  • Solar Power Systems
    • College level calculus
    • The art of patience
    • The backup system: Your second BFF
    • If you plug in your fridge, you’ll lose your Internet: The art of working with your limited solar power system
  • Using your RV appliances
    • The propane water heater is not your enemy
    • Propane, propane, propane
    • Screw electric
    • The toilet: the art and nuances of managing your poo
    • The water pump: Make sure you have one before you try to take a shower
  • Social Studies
    • How to live in a small space with others and not kill each other
    • Dividing the work: It’s a family affair
    • Keeping social in an isolated situation
  • The Protocol
    • Everything you do will have a protocol
    • Keeping everyone on the same page of the protocol and hopefully in the same book
  • Enjoying the fruits of your labor
    • The hot shower
    • The hot bath
    • Staying warm in subzero temperatures
    • Staying cool in the blazing heat of summer
    • Your entertainment system
  • Living With The Neighbors
    • The People
      • 50 dogs and how to block out the barking
      • How to block out the music
      • How to block out the neighbors
    • The animals
      • It’s not Mr. Foot that’s lurking outside your trailer
      • The cat and his friends
      • The wolves
      • The coyotes
      • The mice
      • The turkeys
      • The deer
    • Deciphering which is which
  • Wrapping It All Up
    • It’s all worth it