Can I Make My Container Home Off Grid?

Living away from the city has always been appealing.  A place with a lot of green trees, animals and not much traffic just seems peaceful.  Thing is, there are quite a few people who desire to get away from the busy city life style and want to simplify it by living off the grid.  

The issue is, can I make my container home off grid?  Making the decision to live off grid is a big change from the city life, and the short answer to this is, yes.  You can make your container home off grid.  

What steps should someone take to prepare to live an off grid life in a container home?  

Do You Have Land?

Before anyone can move off grid they’ll need to do some research and see what places fit their ideal place to live off the grid.  There are some places that allow off the grid living such as:

*Northern Arizona

*North California






Although this list has a few places, check with your county to see if there are any off grid living spots in your state.  

Another good reason to live off the grid in your container home is that land farther away from the city tends to be cheaper with a lower tax rate.  So you can get more acreage for your money.  

What is the Climate Like?

Now that you’ve done some research to see where you’d prefer to live, a good thing to remember is that living in any home will require maintenance.  Living in a container home means your home will consist of metal and certain climates can damage your home.  A container home is very durable but it can still rust or get affected by other natural disasters.  

Rust-oleum paint is a good product to have, as it will help to keep your metal home from rusting.  It has a lifespan of 25 years but with Mother Nature beating down on a container home it may shorten the life span or the protection of rust-oleum paint.  

Another good tip, container homes can get blown around in a strong hurricane so anchoring it can help to prevent it from moving or turning over.  This is just addressing the metal frame.  If your container home has wood, it may need wood treatment for termites.

Further maintenance will be dependent on what you get for your container home.  

Is  Water Available?

Water is essential and with research you may find that the place you most likely will live in, your container home may not have water nearby.  A few things someone can do is make a catchment system for their water supply. ​

A large 275 gallon reconditioned IBC tote tank can help to hold a reserve of water.  If you do live near a body of water like a river, you may want to find a way to use that water.  You may need to find a way to purify the water, but if it’s fresh, it may not need it. 

Where is the Nearest Grocery Store?

When living off grid, the nearest store may be more than an hour away.  It may be easier to make a greenhouse and grow your own food and livestock.  Another thing about living off the grid and if you are too far away from a store, is that you may need to hunt for your food.  

If that is the case, you may need to learn preservation and storage methods to safely package and can the food that you grow.   Also, having a storage room could be helpful in keeping a reserve of food in case of an emergency.