We keep hearing this term “living off the grid”. It is everywhere. There are shows now where people get dropped off in the jungle somewhere and are left alone to survive and other shows where people have made a life choice to live in the wilderness, in some remote location, without modern technology. So what exactly does it mean to live off the grid?
According to Offgrid Survival, living off the grid had 5 components:
- Disconnecting from the electric and communication grid
- Using water other than what is provided by the municipal water supply
- Dealing with your own waste and sewage
- Heating and cooling your home without using natural gas lines
- Dealing with local zoning laws and legal issues.
Well, we are all off grid, if you consider #5, but the rest seem a little extreme. The average American household uses 8,900 kilowatt hours of electricity a year and almost 150,000 gallons of water. Just image the last time you moved and had a wait a day or two for the water company to hook you up. It is an excruciating wait!
But wouldn’t it be freeing to live in a sustainable environment, not dependent on outside resources. To make your own way, on your own land, the way you want? The best way to begin your adventure living off the grid is to do it slow, taking it one step at time. Begin by becoming conscience of the power you use. Turn off your electronics and lights to reduce the amount of power you use. Also, you can generate fresh drinking water from the air in your house using technology that produces water from the humidity in the air.
Living off the grid, does not have to mean disconnecting from society either. There are innovative ways to set up your own WiFi hotspot or satellite connection. You can also use cellular to get online.
If you have a dream of living on your own homestead in a solar cabin with wind power electricity, solar composting toilet, passive solar heat and passive cooling, but can’t afford it, don’t fret. Take it one step at a time, and with perseverance, you too, can live the free and sustainable life.