Off Grid Showers

Off Grid Showers

Living off grid has been around for decades, if not as a permanent residence, then as a getaway from the crowds, noise and craziness of urban life.  It’s not squatting on someone else’s property but your own little piece of heaven.  Living off grid is totally legal.  However, you must follow local building codes and tax laws when designing and building your getaway.   

Living Off Grid Does Have Simple Pleasures …

Living off grid doesn’t mean you have to rough it; you can still enjoy the simple pleasures … like taking a shower and washing away the daily grit.

If you are a DIYer than creating your own shower system may be a snap!  For those who need a little more guidance, there are a number of outdoor and off grid showers to choose from.

Before making a decision, here are some other things to consider that may influence your choice of off grid systems:

  • Is this your permanent residence or a getaway?
  • Where is your water coming from?
  • Do you have enough water containers for storage?
  • Do you have enough water for a shower?
  • How many people will shower each day?
  • How will you heat the water?
  • Is the shower portable or fixed?
  • What about drainage, where will the water run off to?

Types Of Off Grid Showers 

You can find a variety of off grid showers to use, from the basic weed sprayer to a portable shower with heater.  Cold or lukewarm showers may be okay if your off-grid home is in the tropics, but if fall and winter includes rain and snow, then a hot shower is a must.  You can find systems that use solar or propane, bags, buckets, barrels and even tankless water heaters.  

These are some of the options to consider:

Bucket (Navy) Shower – Used by the military, it consists of a bucket and showerhead which can be turned on and off, controlling and conserving the amount of water used.  

Basically, you would turn it on to get wet, shut it off and lather, then turn it back on to rinse.  Water can be heated by solar power, fire, or an electrical immersion heater.

Weed Sprayer Shower – This pressurized shower is made from a standard weed sprayer, shower hose, low flow shower nozzle, shower wand and valve, so that the output of water can be controlled.  

Water heated by the sun or wood/stove fire can be added to the sprayer. 

Solar Shower – Uses the sun to heat the water and gravity to flow out.  The bag needs to be positioned up high, either in a tree or on a pole.

Solar showers have budget and advanced options; however, this system may not be considered durable for long-term daily use.  

Tankless Water Heater – There are portable water heaters powered by propane that can heat water within 30 seconds.  

You would need to connect a pump to a 5-gallon water carrier, connect hoses and select your water temperature.  This system may be a little more expensive, but worth the “hot” water.

Pop Up Tent Shower – You can find these in single or double capacity.  Their privacy shower tents are easy to put up and take down.

Individual tents can accommodate a 5-gallon solar bag, 2-room tents come with a 5-gallon solar water system.

Portable Shower with Heater – This system is ideal for camping and uses a 12v power source which can heat water within 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the temp you want.  Like the bucket system, it can minimize water usage by using a gallon of water and a shower scrub to get you squeaky clean.

The Bottom Line

You can still enjoy some of the creature comforts living off grid, like having a cool shower in the summer or a hot shower during the winter.  If you are a DIYer, be creative and expand on your knowledge. 

For those who need more guidance, there are many different off grid shower solutions out there, you just have to do your research.  Go online, check out You Tube, talk to others, find out what they recommend and then go for it!  Having an off-grid shower, no matter what season, will always be welcoming.

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