Making The Leap To Off Grid Living

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:

Our spring coming out of the hillside at 5 gallons per minute

Our spring coming out of the hillside at 5 gallons per minute

On a very, very hot day, the spring was a great shower!

On a very, very hot day, the spring was a great shower!

Izee working on cleaning gravel to develop the spring

Izee working on cleaning gravel to develop the spring

Transporting our 3000 gallon tank

Transporting our 3000 gallon tank

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Rife Ram Pump, pumps water uphill WITHOUT electricity!!!!!

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Sweet mother and father in law came to visit and tour the property

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This is the spring, no more pipe with water coming out. We dug around the spring and back-filled with gravel, sanitized and then covered the whole thing. It is piped down into the catch.

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This is the catch, it is covered now, but here you can see the pipes that filter the sediment, which falls to the bottom and the pipes have bunches of holes. You can adjust the flow into the ram pump pipe with these holey pipes.

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Our really big water storage tank. The five of us unloaded this and set it up ourselves!

 

About carishumaker

We are trying to live The Good Life with our 3 kids out in the woods. We strive to be as self reliant as possible, with a great amount of leisure time to Live The Good Life as best as we can. We work hard so we can play hard and want to teach our kids to love life and love people and love learning. This is our journey.
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One Response to Making The Leap To Off Grid Living

  1. We love our ram, it’s been in operation on our farm for over a 100 years, and never misses a beat. Gotta love the PNW and all the clean water!

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