Propane for heat and cooking.
Easy to fill. If you're far out, you can do portable 5 gallon size and they last fairly long. If you're close to civilization, you can do a 150+ tank and have it filled on-site. If you're frugal, 150 gallons can last a year (cooking, heating, hot water).
Solar setup was $5k. Small system that does an entire house (minus A/C) if it's very hot weather, everything can be flipped off for a couple hours (like fridge) to cool down the cabin. Satellite receiver pulls more amps than a fridge btw. Battery's are supposedly good for 10 years.
Also have a small wind generator, but honestly it's output isn't worth the effort.
Highest rated insulation is key. If the cabin can retain heat/not get hot it saves on fuel/energy immensely. I have R31 insulation along with R3 board.>>1518733
I have been in fabrication/construction all my life so it was an easy transition. I had zero plans.
I started with nothing and just kept building up. Once you start, everything can be self-reliant.
Closet too small? Cut our the wall and build another room.
$50 worth of seed is enough vegetables for a year. Chickens are $2 a piece and free range off of weed seed and grasshoppers. Free eggs and occasional rotisserie.
Learn to can to stockpile tomatoes and pickles (I eat alot of salsa for lunches).
I have wild black Berry's so now I eat alot of black berry jam.
I just kind of snapped one day when I walked out of my apartment, down the street to get a soda and there were 20 cops and a dead pimp in the gas station parking lot.
I'm not a complete hermit- I had a normal job about an hour's drive just to make cash and pay bills when I started.
Now I'm stable enough and made a few connections so I can do random fabrication jobs and pay some minor bills (I still need to call my mother- im not a total heathen- and watch the weather channel to plan for hurricane and shit)