Off grid really means off the electrical grid. But for many people, it means a lot more than that.
It means detachment from civil services. It means near self-sufficiency. For some it means living far from any other neighbors.
In other words, living off grid has many interpretations.
Living off grid has become more of a state of mind than anything else.
What does it mean to truly live off the grid?
Well, it’s not quite as simple as running a couple of light bulbs through a solar panel. To truly say you are living off the grid, you need to find a way to generate your own power, water, heat, and yes even things like your cable TV and internet.
So how do start to unplug?
Slow and steady wins the race. While pulling the plug may seem like a pipe dream, there a few things you can do while you wait for your earthship to be built.
Most of us waste more than we actually use; being mindful of how you use your resources is the first step towards energy independence.
Turn it Off – Sounds simple, but simply remembering to turn off your computers, lights, and other electrical items can dramatically reduce the amount of power you use.
Use Power Strips – Turing it off doesn’t necessarily mean it’s really off. Did you know that a lot of the electrical gadgets in your house are probably still using power even when they are turned off? By plugging them into a power strip you can cut off their power supply by simply flipping a switch.
Pull water from thin Air – Believe it or not, you can actually generate fresh drinking water from the air in your house. Check out this cool piece of technology that produces water from the humidity in the air. The Atmospheric Water
How to find the right Off-Grid Land:
Because of zoning issues, and the fact that more urban areas area cracking down or even making off-grid living illegal within the city, most people are going to have to look for at least a semi-rural piece of land. When it comes to finding that piece of land, there are a number of considerations that you need to be aware of.
Access to emergency services is something you need to investigate before choosing a piece of land.
Investigating possible dangers located near your land is something you can’t take lightly.
Understanding zoning issues, building laws, and the legality of living without being plugged into the local grid.
For more information on how to find the right piece of property, check out our article on how to safely buy rural land.
What about internet access?
Yes, believe it or not, you can have the internet and still technically live off the grid. It’s not going to be easy, and it is going to cost some money to get started, but it is possible.