We sold our dream house to follow a new dream of FREEDOM! We call our project Operation Freedom. We sold our dream house so that we can be debt free and live within our means and in a way that uses a smaller amount of our Earth’s resources on a daily basis.
We sold our dream house so we can travel. We are trying to have the smallest amount of outgoing monthly expenses possible so that we can live on the smallest amount possible and save money to travel. We want to spend time with the kids and with each other, doing what we love rather than working our days away to earn money to buy stuff and pay huge monthly bills.
Operation Freedom includes living off the grid so that we can reduce our monthly outgoing expenses, be less dependent on the municipalities and be more connected to nature.
This is what we are designing and building for ourselves. Our property in the NW is completely off-grid. We have a gravity-fed water system that uses a Ram-Pump to pump water uphill 84 feet in elevation, without the use of electricity! Awesome! This is technology from the 1700’s that our son learned about and talked us into using. We get our water from a spring coming out of our hill at 5 gallons per minute. This water is piped through 2″ poly pipe 220′ to a ram pump and then 1 gallon per minute is piped up hill and into a 3000 gallon water tank. 1 gallon per minute doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s over 1400 gallons per day, which is more than we can use. The excess is routed right back into the creek that the spring spills into.
We were lucky because the property had a water system that was built in the 1960’s or so and lots of the piping was there as was a cistern. So, we just had to rebuild what was already there. The water goes from the 3000 gallon tank down to our homesite by gravity, where we have lots of volume and lots of pressure!
Here are some pictures of the spring before it was developed and in the process of development: