Essentials For Off-Grid Living

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Off-grid solar living in NZ offers financial freedom and simplicity for those who wish to join the movement. It is also a lot better for the environment than the current modern way of life. But just what is needed for comfortable off-grid living? Here are six essentials:


Most people that live off-grid opt to live in tiny homes. This means that the home can be moved if need be and that it doesn’t require much in terms of energy or space. You may want to look into buying a small plot or renting land.

Access To Water

If you are not going to have access to a local water supply, you’re going to have to rely on rainwater. For this, you will need an effective rainwater collection and purification system and a way of getting it into your home.


In this modern-day and age, electricity is very important for maintaining an internet connection, charging your phone, cooking, and so much more. If you’re living off the grid, you’ll need an independent power source that you can rely on. One of the most effective options would be off grid solar. Solar panels are a reliable and effective form of power, and solar power battery storage ensures you have power even on cloudy days.

Gas Continuous Flow Water Heaters

Even though you’re going to be living off-grid, you’re still going to want hot water for showers, laundry and washing up. Did you know that gas continuous flow water heaters are more energy-efficient than any other type of system? In addition, they’re cheaper than electric water heaters, provide outstanding water pressure, are safe and easy to install and provide on-demand hot water. Their best benefit is that they take up less space, making them the ideal option for tiny homes.

Waste Management

Your two main options would be to hook up your home to a septic tank (that would need to be emptied every 3 to 5 years) or to make use of a compost toilet.

The Right Mindset

Off-grid living and the tiny house movement are quite trendy at the moment. While there are many benefits to living simply in a small space, there are still discomforts that you will experience, and it is certainly not for everyone. Therefore, it is very important that you have the right mindset and are investing in this lifestyle for the right reasons.

Here at Absolute Tiny Houses, we build tiny houses with all of the essentials that you need for living off grid, including off grid solar in NZ. Check out our Absolute Solar Pricing and get in touch with us to make your dream an absolute reality.

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