concrete

tank


that


collects


your


wastewater.


Bacteria

in


the


tank


break


everything

down


causing


it

to


separate
naturally

into

a

top


scum


layer,


bottom

sludge


layer


and

middle


liquid


layer.


As

new


wastewater

flows


in,

the
liquid

in


the


tank


flows


out


into

a

series

of


buried


perforated

pipes


that


release


the


water


over


a

distance


into

a
drain

field.


Soil


acts


as

a

biological


filter,


keeping


the


harmful


bacteria

buried


beneath

the


ground

until


it's
eventually

absorbed

as

nutrients.


The


tank


should


be

emptied

and

serviced


by

a

professional


approximately
every

5

years.


A

septic

tank


would

take


care


of


the


sewage


and,


just

like


that,


no

more


water


bill.
You'll

most


likely


need


a

few

other


things

in


place


to


ensure

that


you

stay


warm


and

cool.


So


for


your


heating
needs,

look


into

a

solar.


It

can

not


only


be

used

to


heat


your


water,


but


also


heat


your


home.


A

backup
generator

is


a

must,


just

in


case

the


wind

doesn't


blow

and

the


sun

doesn't


shine


for


long


stretches.


These
generators

run


on

propane,


natural

gas,


gasoline


or


biodiesel


(which


by

the


way


you

can

produce

yourself).
They

can

be

rigged


to


kick


in


automatically


if

the


battery

power


supply


drops


to


a

certain


level.
Fireplaces
and

wood

-

burning


stoves


can

help


offset


the


energy

it

takes


to


heat


your


home.


Most


off


grid
homes

depend


on

burning


wood


as

their


primary


heat


source.


Cooking

your


meals

on

top


of


wood

-

burning
stove

is


also


possible.


Super

-

insulation,


airtight


construction


and

additional


layers

of


foam

insulation


is


an
efficient

way


to


maintain


your


home's


temperature.
You're
excited

about


going


off


grid

now,


right

?

You’ve

got


everything

set


in


your


mind

to


do

this,


however


I
warn
you

now….truly


going


off


grid

and

living


as

my


Grandparents

did


take


a

lot

of


guts


and

want


to


along


with
a
lot

more


investigation

of


the


subject


and

a

tremendous


amount


of


planning


before


you

ripe

out


the


electrical
meter
and

turn


off


the


city

water


and

sewage.
GOOD
LUCK

….


HAPPY


LIVING