Much of the North American Continent was originally settled by homesteaders that started on the East Coast and went westward with horses and wagons. At the time it was the only way to cross the countryside and the US government was giving away land to encourage people to go.
Now, there are a wide variety of reasons why different people decide to homestead. Some do it for religious reasons or not wanting their children to be taught in public schools. Others are trying to escape the big city, the government, stress or just want to live away from it all.
For whatever reason, there are now more technological advances available to make living on your own, off the grid, easier and more comfortable than ever before.
Advances In Alternative Energy Have Made Homesteading Life Much Easier
Up until just recently, living on acreage far from the grid was incredibly difficult if you wanted any of the comforts of city life. It would involve needing to live close to water or getting a generator to pump it. The generator would also be needed for lighting at night and running a refrigerator as well.
If you wanted any kind of communication with the rest of the world, you would probably need to make trips to town and use a pay phone, internet cafe or send mail to the post office.
That has all changed with such advances as solar panels costing about the same as grid electricity. You can now have your refrigerator, lights, some hot water, a computer, plus a satellite dish with TV and internet. Suddenly you’re right up to speed with most of the rest of the world and solar panels are getting cheaper by the month with batteries soon to follow.
In the very near future, you’ll be able to buy automated greenhouses that will grow nearly all of your vegetables while watering, rotating, and keeping them warm all at the same time. You will also be able to build a fish tank and have most of that be computer controlled as well, fulfilling your protein needs with naturally raised fish. All of this is made possible by the solar panels that are dropping in price so fast that they’ll be half of grid price in just a few more years.
The Huge Amounts Of Land In The Western US
When you look at a map of the Western US, you’ll note that up to 75% of many of those states are owned by the US government, either the Bureau of Land Management or the US Forest Service. In addition to that, there are millions of acres of land throughout the Western US that are privately owned and very inexpensive to buy.
The biggest reason the land has always been so cheap is that it’s almost all off the grid and running standard electrical wires with poles costs thousands of dollars per mile. This has been cost prohibitive until now.
If you have an interest in homesteading, there are quite a number of online groups that discuss everything from power generation, education of kids, and growing vegetables to getting satellite internet up and running. Now is probably the best time in the last hundred years to get started since the availability of cheap solar energy will cause a land rush in the very near future.