A self sufficient existence is one that does not rely on any outside resources to provide for the needs of an individual or his family.
Self sufficient living is not just empowering for those who practice this kind of life style, but has far reaching benefits for future generations, as well as the environment we live in.
Here it’s a list for the Top 5 reasons to live Self Sufficient:
#5 Securing your future
By being dependent on your own capabilities, you no longer have to worry about how you will pay the bills once you stop working. Self sufficient practices such as food farming, raising your own animals and generating your own power through wind and solar equipment, can help you to secure your future and lead a fulfilling retired life.
#4 Preserving our environment
This is a great motivating factor for many people who choose self sufficient living over traditional lifestyles. Modern living is unnecessarily extravagant, and some wasteful lifestyles are destroying the very environment that we enjoy and take for granted. Self sufficiency in heating and cooling our home naturally, composting, reducing our dependence on coal, raising your own food, conserving water and relying on local community resources, can reduce our carbon footprint and help preserve our planet for future generations to enjoy.
#3 Economic crisis
As the earth’s population becomes increasingly dependent on limited resources, a large percentage of the population is migrating to bigger cities in search of better opportunities. Overcrowding, poor access to amenities and increased competition for employment is leading to increased crime, pollution and the imminent threat of an economic collapse. Self sufficient living promises long-lasting freedom from inflation, joblessness and crippling debt.
#2 Preparedness in the event of a disaster
As climate changes poses serious threat to our planet and causes massive variations in weather cycles, an increasing number of people are choosing to lead self sufficient lives to help survive impending cataclysmic events. By being self sufficient and relying on our own capabilities, we can be prepared to protect ourselves and our loved ones in the event of a natural disaster such as an earthquake or a hurricane. Being self sufficient can also help us to survive other types of disruptive events such as terrorist attacks, military coups, war or any other global crisis.
#1 CUTTING LIVING EXPENSES : SAVe MONEY!!!
This is one of the greatest benefits to self sufficient living and is relatively easy to incorporate into daily life. Living costs are affected by so many economic and social factors, that we are constantly fighting to try and save money in every aspect of our lives. Simple changes such as growing some of your own food, brew your own beer, using energy efficient light bulbs, repairing, reusing items of clothing and reducing dependence on non-renewable energy sources such as oil (bike or walk to work whenever possible) or using alternative fuel such as biodigestors, biodiesel , solar water heaters, can help save a considerable amount of money. Installing solar panels to reduce dependence on electricity, might be over your budget initially, but can result in huge energy savings in the long run.