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Today I’m joined by Ben, a sustainable living enthusiast from South Australia who lives completely off-grid with his wife and children.

Ben’s a member of the Aussie FIRE Discussion Facebook Group who posted about his self-sufficient home last year which really struck a chord with the community (it’s still one of the most popular submissions to date). Ben has been kind enough to share his story of building an off-grid house and living sustainably in South Australia.

Some of the topics in today’s episode include:

  • How Ben and his wife designed and built a completely off-grid home.
  • Their journey towards the dream of sustainable living.
  • The primary driver of going off-grid and building this house.
  • Utilising a solar energy system to completely power a family home.
  • How much does it really cost and how long will it last?
  • How to deal with heating and cooling when you’re not connected to the grid.
  • Running water and the challenge of sustainable water usage when rain is your only supply.
  • How to create a domestic system that generates zero wastewater.
  • The bottom line – what was the total cost of the project?


Show Notes



Heads up grammar Police, the following transcription is half human half machine and not 100% perfect so expect a few typos and errors…

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