Oct 122019
What Is Living Off Of The Grid – All Questions Answered

Most people living in larger cities with modern facilities are getting tired of the day-to-day grind. There are too many people, too many cars, buildings, lights all over the place. You will always watch something within 10 ft. of anywhere you go.

It is an inexplicit generalization but you need to know that more and more people are getting away from city life. They are going to live off the grid.

What does living off the grid mean? In simple words, it means living away from the modern lifestyle and technology on all levels. For instance, when you live off the grid, you actually live without modern conveniences such as a car, electricity, internet, computer, etc.

However, you will still be living in a habitable home. For example, it’s like living in an old log cabin where you don’t access to amenities easily.

It is important to remember that no two examples of living off-grid are the same – it is what you make it. Many still drive cars and have all the modern conveniences, however, they may have alternative methods. For example, they may drive an electric car, generate electricity from solar panels or wind turbines.

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Typically, you connect your house to power, gas, water, and telephone lines. When you go off the grid, it means you leave these public utilities behind for the purpose of making this world an environmental-friendly and greener place.

Some choose to live without modern technologies, while others replace the public supplies with their own independent sources. some move away from the hustle and bustle of city life, while others remain where they are, opting for alternative resources.

Primarily, people live off the grid for a much bigger reason or purpose – and that is to help improve the environment, create solitary communities with the simplest religious and political motivations, as well as enhance personal physical health.

Let us give you a perfect example of living off the grid. Do you know Amish people? These people are a great example of a communal form when it comes to understanding living off the grid. Please do bear in mind that this is a perfect example and many people are making these changes while still embracing modern life.

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Amish community lives off the grid, which is based on rooted religious doctrines. They have proven that other people can have a sustainable society without cars, plumbing, electricity, fossil fuels, etc.

How to Live ‘Off Grid’

First and foremost, you need a habitable shelter. This place must be capable of handling all sorts of weather changes. This can be a property you already own, purchase or want to revitalize.

Trailers, domes, yurts, log cabins, caves, Earthships and sandbag buildings are some good options for living off the grid. You might be reluctant to go completely off the grid.

Therefore, you need to create a grid with wind or solar power – allowing yourself to have some basic amenities in your life – i.e. to keep yourself warm in the colder seasons as well as allowing yourself to prepare or cook food when you cannot get a good fire going.

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You can attain food in many ways such as fishing, hunting, and gardening. These will sustain your nutritional needs. Remember, anybody can learn how to become a skilled fisher, hunter, and/or gardener. At the same time, clothing is another important aspect to consider.

Some people who are very serious about their level of self-sufficiency will choose to create there own by growing the materials they need or rearing sheep so they can knit.

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Others will source their clothes locally, or away from the mainstream fashion industry. Some examples of this are thrift shopping or buying clothes made from sustainable resources such as hemp.

You must do proper research and prepare yourself before you endeavor to live off the grid. Here at About Going Green, we aim to support you with this transition.

 

In conclusion

Living off the grid has both advantages and disadvantages. However, when it comes to environmental concerns, it is an excellent way to play your role in saving the planet from pollutants, fossil fuels, and other harmful things that are causing long-lasting problems to the earth.

So, when you go off the grid, you actually help the environment and make it more favorable for living. For example, you play a vital role in reducing water pollution in your area. You also help in reducing the amount of hazardous waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

 

A Few Final Thoughts

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Reader Comments

  1. Liked this post. My life is the complete opposite of living off the grid. But now feeling inspired to make some changes – one is to learn about and install solar panels.

    1. Hello Dave,

      I am glad that you enjoyed it. I have recently written an article on installing solar panels. Just bear with me a moment while I put a link to it in this post for you. I hope it contains valuable information that you will find useful.

  2. Living off the grid there is definitely things to consider for this and you done great job pointing out some good things about living without the technology of modern life. Good reference to those who live like those of Amish faith to get this type of living. With the reality shows on TV about living off grid really get to understanding the lifestyle all the challenges this presents. Thank you for your website.

    1. Hello Dan, I agree with you and there is a whole spectrum of different ways to do it. You can live with all the modern technologies or bring it back to basics. You are more than welcome Dan, I am just happy that you found it helpful. Take care!

  3. Hi, this is an inspiring post! My biggest concern would be about the internet. Would you consider it harmful to still be connected to the internet? If you inspire us to go off the grid, which I’m now fascinated by, we wouldn’t be able to read your blog anymore…another question would be: If I live on a boat and never start the engine or even don’t have one, would you consider that living off the grid as well?
    Thanks so much,
    Janie

    1. Hi there Jana,

      I answer to your question – living off-grid means getting away from public sources of power, gas, and water. Some people choose to live without modern technologies because there was a time when they didn’t exist. However, others choose to embrace what modern technology has to offer because it makes going off-grid accessible to so many more people.

      You absolutely could still have the internet, you would just need to generate your sustainable electricity, for example through solar or wind power. Yes, living on a boat means removing your self from the majority of public resources, so yes I would consider this living off-grid.

      I am happy to hear that this is of interest to you now. Take care!

  4. Hi!
    I personally don’t think that I could live off the grid because of reasons beyond my power to control, however, while reading your post, I had the idea to use solar panels to get energy for my house, I would love to do that.
    Thank you for all what you are doing.

    1. Dear Juan Felipe Ortiz Lejarde, I am pleased that you have been inspired by the idea of using solar energy in your home. Anything we can do to live more sustainably is certainly beneficial for the planet. All the very best.

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