Self-Sufficent and Efficient Living – A few good tips

Self-reliant living can take many forms. You can provide your own food and energy, or be your own barber, repair person, home-school teacher, house cleaner, painter, and/or child care provider. Transitioning to self-sufficient living requires research and planning. But have no fear: You can get started today, wherever you live and with whatever resources and skills you already have.

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Here are some important tips to get you started:


  1. Commit to a permanent location and develop a long-term vision. You will want to have a practical plan that you can achieve over a time period appropriate to your current stage of life. How many acres do you need? Does the home come with solar panels or do you need to add them? Look for a home that you can live in self-sufficiently and commit to it. homepic
  2. Start growing your food. -If you live in the city, replace your lawn with a garden, plant fruit trees and learn to hunt and fish. There are state game lands in almost every state that welcome hunters if you do not have land of your own.seeds
  3. Be creative with what you have.  Take a look around your farm, homestead or backyard.  How could you use every square foot for something that would give you a return? Take that wood out back, paint it and sell it on Etsy! Or take the wood and build a greenhouse. backyard2
  4. Save your seeds. When planting your garden use heirloom seeds. You will only need to purchase the seeds once since you save the seeds from year to year. Up here in Connecticut it would be beneficial to build a greenhouse. Try raising honey bees if you have a larger area. If you have even more land, raise your own farm animals. garden
  5. Learn the benefits of herbs for medicinal purposes. Our forefathers did not have local drug stores to rely on, and most ailments were cured with herbs. Herbs are easy to grow, and their uses are endless.herbs
  6. Save money and eat healthier by making homeade things such as snacks for your kid and spouse. Try this.
    Ingredients for Homemade Snack Barssnackbars
    1. ½ cup melted butter
    2. ½ cup honey
    3. ½ teaspoon vanilla
    4. 1 egg
    5. 1 cup old fashion oats blended in a food processor until a fine oat powder
    6. 1 cup all purpose unbleached flour
    7. 1 cup whole wheat flour
    8. ½ teaspoon salt
    9. 1 teaspoon baking powder
    10. 8 tablespoons of your favorite fruit jam or fruit pie filling
  1. Mix the melted butter, honey, vanilla and egg with an electric mixer. In a separate bowl, combine flour, oat flour, salt, and baking powder. Slowly add creamed ingredients to your dry ingredients with an electric mixer until it is well incorporated. Wrap dough in plastic wrap, and chill for 1 hour. Once chilled, roll out between a sheet of wax paper and plastic wrap so it doesn’t stick to your rolling pin or counter.
  2. Preheat oven to 350. Roll out dough, and using a pizza cutter cut into 3X4 inch rectangles. Spread the fruit down the center and fold over, pinch the ends to keep the filling in. Transfer to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350 for 15 minutes. To keep these soft, wrap individually in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container.
*Courtesy of  Our Simple Life
  1. Find a backup energy. SolarFind an alternative heat source. If you have a fireplace convert it to wood and store wood to be used through power outages or at least invest in a generator or propane heater. One of the best things you can do is add solar panels to your homestead. What about a solar panel generator….it  is an excellent source of back up power and can even run most household appliances. Personally, I needed something to keep my refrigerator and freezer going.  You can also use it to cut your electric bill.


solarsavesThe National Renewable Energy Laboratory offers a useful guide when determining how much your property’s value will go up. According to its research, each additional $1 in energy bill savings (from your solar installation) adds $20 to your home’s total value. That means that making your home more self-sufficient and efficient actually raises the value of your home!



Warm Wishes,

Shoshana & Sarah

Snyder Pritchard Homes

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