TO SHARING RESOURCES, IDEAS AND SOLUTIONS FOR PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES WHO
WANT TO LIVE AND WORK EITHER PARTIALLY OR COMPLETELY OFF THE GRID.
For people who support Renewable Energy. For everyone who has made a commitment to reducing their carbon footprint. And, most of all; for everyone who wants to leave something better on earth for our children.
Off-the-grid From Wikipedia
"The term off-the-grid (OTG) or off-grid refers to living in a self-sufficient manner without reliance on one or more public utilities."
"Off-the-grid homes are autonomous —they do not rely on municipal water supply, sewer, natural gas, electrical power grid or similar utility services. A true "off the grid" or "off-grid" house is able to operate completely independently of all traditional public utility services. The idea has been recently popularized by certain celebrities including Ed Begley Jr. who stars in Living With Ed television show on the Home & Garden Television network. Actress Darryl Hannah also promotes "off-grid" living and constructed her home in Colorado according to those principles."
Your first decision is; where you will Live Off-Grid? Will you stay where you are in your existing home, or will you move? If you stay in your home, you can install solar panels, dig a well, install a windmill, use energy efficient appliances, and simply conserve all your energy usage.
So, what does this mean for you?
Living off the grid without reliance on public utilities for things like electricity and water is becoming increasingly more popular. If Daryl Hannah, Ed Begley and Jesse Ventura are doing it, then maybe it's something we all might consider.
Living off the grid means different thing to different people, and there are many different reasons for people to make this choice. For some it's an ethical choice to unplug from conventional energy sources. For others, it might be that they've found the perfect spot on earth and it's an easy choice to live in this liberated lifestyle.
If you move, other considerations are; employment - will you continue to work? The commute is important and will determine just how far off the beaten path you can afford to be. Secondly, you'll want to know that wherever you are, you have access to good medical care. Research into local economic stability, local politics, houses of worship and food & water availability should be high on your list.
For sure, it's a new and liberating lifestyle, but it will take major adjustments and a real commitment in time and resources to make it work for you. You need to have a passion for this venture and be able to keep your vision and overcome obstacles you can't foresee.
If you're pretty sure you want to take this step, you'll need to learn a lot about alternative energy and energy conservation. Living off the grid means every dollar's worth of energy conservation typically saves three to five dollars in equipment costs to generate energy.
You'll have to be more involved with your energy system, and how you use the electricity you create. The electricity you produce must be greater than the electricity you consume. Living off grid is not necessarily easy. it's relatively simple to understand the energy needs of big energy consumers like: Air conditioners, Refrigerators, Heating systems, TVs and Kitchen Appliances.
But there are also power tools, hair dryers, Computers, coffee makers, washing machines and dryers - It's a long list, you probably never thought much about. In addition, there are many convenience appliances you'll also have to decide you want to live with or without. When you add up all the usage you'll discover that you will indeed probably be making additional lifestyle changes you might not have considered.
There are almost a quarter of a million people unplugged from the grid. It's a new concept, but quickly gaining acceptance and drawing more interest as the price of energy continues to be a major part of every family, or business's expenses.
This site will be a work in progress. Our goal is to compile as much information about living free from the power grids. We'll also discuss realistic expectations for people who can't just pull up stakes and move away from jobs, family and a way of life that has it's comforts.
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