What’s an Ohmsteader?

Homesteading is a uniquely American phenomenon that is necessarily tied to the American expansion west and the intrinsic sense of manifest destiny that still manifests itself in America’s psyche.

“Go West, young man” really imprinted itself on American culture in a way that persists to this day, even if for different reasons than when it was first uttered.

Homesteading was the act of making land, especially land in the West, ones own by working it – making it productive: clearing trees, making land tillable, building houses, etc.  The government blessed this land giveaway by setting up simple rules – it really was “if you build it, they will come” but from an individual landowner’s perspective it was “If you building it – it’s yours”.

Homesteading meant carving something out of the wild and thereby making one’s own as a result of the work of one’s own two hands.    Sure, we now know that wasn’t uninhabited land, but at the time the growth West was what is was – an attempt to make the wilds productive by some other standard.
Ohmsteading is very much the same thing – instead of carving out new land Ohmsteaders are carving out their own energy supply – rather than buying power from their utility they are saying “I will make this myself and create something better in the process” – much as the pioneers did via the Homesteading acts as America expanded West.


An Ohm is the unit of resistance in electricity, and Ohmsteaders are definitely taking up the call for resistance – rather than  accepting the easy way out Ohmsteaders make their own way.  Ohmsteader.com helps along that path with real life examples and the broader picture of how it all fits together with the mess that is global energy policy.

- please – join us. Argue, ask questions, push buttons.  What we want is the policy debate to move forward as we show how many fights between vested interests are missing the point that we can do better on our own.


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-Aram Shumavon,

the ohmsteader