5 Home Changes to Increase Independence 

In uncertain and troubling times, people seek ways to create their own sources of basic needs. Many people also want the freedom this provides.
You don’t need to go entirely off the grid if you don’t want to. But you can find little ways to cut costs and tailor your life to look more like what you want.  At first, they may seem like all work, but the benefits they give will grow exponentially over time.
Here, we'll give you a head start on living independently.
1. Get a Solar Generator
Did you know you could create power for your household appliances from the sun? A solar-powered station will give you a source of renewable, constant energy from the most natural place you could possibly find — the sun. This will also help clean up the environment around you, improving the quality of the air you breathe by forgoing fossil fuel energy.
If you get a portable station, you can have this arrangement anywhere, whether you’re moving or taking a trip. Start learning about portable power station methods and tips to discover the endless possibilities you could create for your house and life.
2. Grow a Garden
Growing your own vegetables is a significant step in unlocking your freedom. You won’t have to hope your favorite foods are still in stock. You’ll never wonder if you’ll get to make that dish you found in a cookbook that got your attention. Your food will be exactly what you want it to be — no need for substitutions.
There’s also the psychological aspect. You’ll have a sense of accomplishment. It can become your safe, tranquil place to retreat to at the end of the day. However, this will take work, and it’s an art you’ll have to learn. Plants aren't one size fits all. Each has its own water, soil, and sunlight needs.
3. Create Your Own Source of Water
This can come in a few ways. It will be a lot of work, but the first is drilling yourself a well. You can also scout out your living arrangement based on its closeness to a consistent water source, like a stream or a lake.
Just remember that if you choose a natural water source, you will need to purify it before you drink it. If you don’t, you run the risk of becoming very ill.
This effort will reward you in the form of a significant reduction in your bills.
4. Starting an Off-Grid Business
This could come in many forms, but we'll go back to the garden to give a concrete example. What started as fulfilling a personal need could become a product you distribute. Everyone needs food, so you could make a go at business no matter where you are.
There are many ways you can earn money without relying on outside sources, so explore where your strengths lie. Depending on your business, it may not be as reliable as other means of earning money. But if you play your cards right, you can fulfill the needs of an entire town and reap the benefits.
5. Create a Natural Cooling and Heating System
Otherwise known as a geothermal system, this provides a natural means of heating and air conditioning. Built underground, it draws the temperature regulation needed from the natural fixed temperature of the earth.
Along with missing out on those staggering winter and summer bills, you’ll be saving time as well. No more agonizing with buttons, trying to find the right settings.
If you have the time and required skill set, you can create one yourself, but you can also purchase one.
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If you follow these steps, you’ll no longer depend on the opportunities others provide for your life. You can get your food, light, heating and air conditioning, and even money on your own terms.

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