WELCOME TO OFF GRID WORKS

This blog site is operated by Ed and Laurie Essex in Wauconda, WA. We created this site to share our experiences as they unfold in our transition from city condo life to off grid living in the mountains of Eastern Washington State.

Join us in a discussion about what works and what doesn’t in your daily choices for healthier living and greater self sufficiency. Share your stories about off grid living or things you are doing to reduce your environmental impact whether you are off grid or not.

Ask questions, offer advice or just enjoy reading what others have to say. Just click on Blog in the upper right corner of this page and choose a category you might be intrested in.



Visit our website Good Ideas For Life where you will find products to help you become more self sufficient whether you live in the country or city, on acreage or in a condo. These products will help provide you with your own safe food and clean water and help prepare you for any emergency you and your family may face in these uncertain and trying times.

Our self sufficient products include Tattler reusable canning lids, Berkey water filters, indoor and outdoor gardening products, Mayday emergency kits, chicken coops, Easygreen automatic sprouters and much more. We use the products we sell.

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  • What We Gave Up By Going Off Grid

    Four years ago we moved from our cozy convenient condominium to a custom off grid home in the mountains of Eastern Washington State. We are located 20 miles from the nearest small town and 40 miles from something larger. Our new home is at 4200’ elevation and is a homestead of sorts with goats, chickens, and horses. We grow much of our own food and have learned to garden the year ‘round. I’ve always defined off grid as providing your own water, septic, and power. So what DID we give up by going off grid? Septic/Sewer – We installed a Read More
  • Off Grid Comparison Costs

    Does living off grid cost more? I’ve been wondering how all of these off grid lifestyle changes add up for costs compared to how I lived before. By lifestyle changes, I mean living off the grid compared to living on the grid. Remember I define living off grid as supplying my own sewer, water, and power. It may mean other things as well but those three things are the most common criteria. Did I save money by switching from on grid to off grid or not? First of all, let me be clear - we can’t make a perfect comparison. That Read More
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