Living off the grid in winter: how we prepare

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We live off grid in the Northwest Terriories of Canada.  Living off the grid in winter requires a little more prepping than living with traditional heating and electricity options.

SOME OF OUR CHORES:

1. PREPARING GENERATOR SHED FOR COLD WEATHER 2. .ADJUST SOLAR PANELS 3.. FILL PROPANE TANK 4. GET IN WOOD SUPPLY 5. MAINTAIN WATER PUMP 6 - 11 - SEE THE FULL POST!

WOOD HEATING

OVER THE YEARS WE'VE HAD VARIOUS WOOD STOVES, WHICH RUN 24/7 FOR 7+ MONTHS OF THE YEAR

We have a massive wood shed which holds enough wood for one season.

Getting in a wood supply means chopping it our selves or ordering it from down south.

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While temperatuers often hit -40C (or colder) we also enjoy some beautiful days and the Aurora Borealis on many nights.

Winters here are long and dark, with about 4 horus of daylight in December.

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We pump water from the lake all year long. It's a bit of a process...

We double-check our glycol (antifreeze) lines that run alongside our water pipe every September.

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This Kubota diesel generator replaced our two old Lombardini generators. It's or backup for our solar system.

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We've tried a couple of different setups, and now have a Tesla 2 Powerwall.