How to Winterize for Off Grid Living


Homesteading with Mrs Dsnow boot

Winterizing is fine if you have electricity. Heat lamps, heat tapes, heaters, these all work great plugged in. But what if you are off grid? How does one keep warm, and keep the water running (fresh in, gray and black out)? Good question.

 pipe that always freezes

At the Homestead, we heat with wood. This keeps the house warm and the indoor water pipes clear. Once in awhile, we need to turn a heater on underneath the house to keep those pipes thawed, but usually not until it gets close to zero. The water pump and pipes in the pumphouse are heat-taped, with heat lamps on them connected to a thermostat so that they come on when it gets down to about 38 degrees. They are also covered with thick insulation. The problem area is right where the water comes into the shed. This is where it usually freezes and breaks. When the temps get close to zero, we’ll let a couple faucets drip all night, to prevent that from happening. We really need to come up with a better solution, but that ‘s where we are with that for now.

As far as other winterizing at the Homestead, we have heavy blankets or quilts hung over most of the windows and place rolled up towels or bolsters on the sills and at the bottoms of doors to keep out the drafts. Other than that, the woodstove is pretty efficient.

 tiny trailer kitchen

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