Where Does the Research Lead for My Off Grid Home - My View From The Woods

Where Does the Research Lead for My Off Grid Home

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Where do I want to build my off grid home?

That's my quest.

I've developed some criteria that need to be met before I'll consider buying a piece of land. The criteria have to do with a whole host of topics. You can see what those criteria are in a post called Where to Live Off the Grid - What States are the Best?

Based on my preconceptions and other external factors, I choose several states that I think would meet those criteria for my off grid home.

My goal is to narrow down the state list after I do some research and compare the criteria to the resources of each state.

So far, I've looked at the minimum winter temperature and annual precipitation criteria.

To track my findings, I've developed a three position hierarchy to rate each state.

  1. The states in green are the Ideal place to look for land.
  2. States in dark text might be a good place to look.
  3. A state with a strike-through doesn't have a chance.

Revised List

My research on precipitation has moved Idaho and Missouri on to the Ideal List and transferred Alaska from might be a good place to look to the doesn't have a chance list.

  • Tennessee
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Idaho
  • West Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • Arkansas
  • Kentucky
  • Missouri
  • Colorado
  • Maine
  • Vermont
  • New York
  • New Hampshire
  • Alaska

What's Next?

Of the nine states remaining on the Ideal List, we'll take a look at the topography and see if there are areas that have the right temperatures, receive the right amount of rainfall, and have some elevation not only for hydro electric generation but for some awesome views.

After topography, we'll take a look at state and local tax rates for each state still on the Ideal List.

Being affordable is a very important aspect of this journey I'm on. Because I don't have millions of dollars in my retirement fund. Reducing or getting rid of the bills completely is more than a piece of mind for me, it's a necessity for future plans.


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