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Off the Grid Myth-Busting

Updated on August 16, 2014

The Truth About Off the Grid Living

What first comes to mind when you think about living off the grid? Do you envision a peaceful and comfortable life in a beautiful environment, or do you imagine a remote setting with more than its share of isolation and hardship? What is truth and what is myth when it comes to these conflicting views of an off the grid way of life?

I'm here to debunk many of the myths that exist with regard to living this type of green lifestyle. Here's the truth, as I know it from experience, about living off the grid. Let's go bust some myths!

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The Ultimate In Off Grid Living

I just finished reading about the Stone Camp last night and I have to tell you it has opened up my eyes to so many more possibilities. Ted Carns has truly pushed the envelope when it comes to off grid living. Over the past 35 years, Carns has created a zero waste lifestyle that has truly redefined sustainability.

Off On Our Own: Living Off-Grid in Comfortable Independence: One Couple's ""Learn as We Go"" Journey to Self-Reliance
Off On Our Own: Living Off-Grid in Comfortable Independence: One Couple's ""Learn as We Go"" Journey to Self-Reliance

If you are a think outside the box person, you will love the solutions and systems that Ted Carns has invented for nearly every aspect of green living. Give Carns a box of cast off parts and he will come up with a methane digester, a new way of purifying water, or a propane refrigerator conversion. There are no limits to his creativity and engineering genius.

This book will take anyone who lives off grid, or dreams of doing so, to new places in terms of going far beyond the norm (way beyond the gridlock of unimaginative living). As a result of reading this account of life at the Stone Camp, I am inspired to take my off grid living to a much deeper level.


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#1: Off the grid living means a life of isolation.

Truth or Myth?

Isolation is a myth.

Not everyone who resides off the grid lives like a hermit. Granted, some individuals enjoy a great deal of solitude. Off the grid does not necessarily equate with a remote location far from neighbors, family, friends, and conveniences.

Some "off-the-gridders" actually live close to what others think of as civilization. They may dwell outside of the city limits, but still live close to stores, services, places of employment, and other people.

This myth may have gotten started because many off the grid dwellers choose to live away from the hustle and bustle of urban centers. Also, strict zoning laws are likely to encourage some families to seek rural locations that have fewer restrictions. Remote land can often be more cost-affordable and more amenable to building the types of homes preferred by those seeking a natural lifestyle.

I can think of the example of straw bale construction. One reason I moved to this location in Colorado is that I may build a straw bale casita or cabin. This is a good climate for it and the zoning laws allow this type of construction. Wide variations exist regionally when it comes to building green or earth-friendly abodes. That is a huge consideration when choosing where to live your off the grid life.

#2: Living off the grid means doing without.

Truth or Myth?

Deprivation is a myth.

If you take the term off the grid literally, the one thing you will have to do without is being connected to the power grid. And you know what that means: You will have to do without those dreaded utility bills.

Does that mean you have to go without electricity? No. There are many ways to generate power when living unplugged from the grid. Do you have to give up appliances? No. However, if you utilize solar energy, like I do, there are adjustments to be made. For instance, appliances that draw lots of amps do not work well with smaller solar power systems. Specifically? Toaster ovens, electric clothes dryers, some electric hair dryers, some power tools, and machines with certain types of heat elements (for example: espresso machines, electric woks, electric space heaters, etc.).

What is the impact? You adapt. I still make toast. I still stir-fry food. I still dry my clothes. I haven't given up good coffee. I use my power tools when necessary. And, I still have a space heater. The adaptations? Whenever possible I dry my clothing out on a clothes line. My laundry has never smelled fresher. I purchase energy-efficient appliances that draw less power. I use propane gas appliances when it is more feasible (like my stove and wall furnace). Finally, when absolutely necessary, I run my back-up generator so that I can use those tools and appliances that need an extra power boost.

Did I give up indoor plumbing? No. My off the grid cabin has running water and an indoor bathroom. Did I give up air conditioning? Yes. I don't need it here in the mountains. I really cannot think of one thing I need that I do not have. All in all, if you are living off the grid and lacking in something, it may have been a personal choice to do without that amenity.

#3: An off the grid lifestyle is only for the young.

Truth or Myth?

The requirement to be young is a myth.

I am amazed at how often I hear the comment: I'm too old to live off the grid. I should have done it when I was young.

That may be true for some individuals. For those with serious medical issues, perhaps some off the grid scenarios would not be possible. Age, however, in itself, is not a true barrier for most individuals. I can understand that those who are significantly mobility-challenged may need a more mainstream lifestyle. Certainly, as one ages, convenient access to medical services looms large in terms of priorities.

If you are basically healthy, age need not be a deterrent to living an off the grid lifestyle. There are many individuals who have lived out their lives in an off grid setting. I didn't start this incredibly rewarding lifestyle until I was in my 40s, and I have to say, I am so thankful I didn't let age keep me from living my dream.

#4: A life off the grid is a life of poverty.

Truth or Myth?

Poverty is a myth.

You don't have to be poor just because you decide to live off the grid. Some individuals do choose to adopt a life of what they call voluntary poverty. Not everyone needs a lot of money to live well or sustainably.

What each of us might term as poverty is very unique to our perspective on what defines a good life. It's not just a term denoting income level. Each individual has a different comfort zone when it comes to how much money is needed to sustain a chosen type of lifestyle. I can live very well on very little. I don't need or want lots of possessions. In fact, for many years I have been in the process of downsizing by choice. That's just me. I certainly don't judge others for having or desiring something different.

The main point is this: You can be rich or you can be poor no matter where you live. It's not necessarily a function of off the grid living.

#5: It is not affordable to live off the grid.

Truth or Myth?

It is a myth that off the grid living is not affordable.

Each of us has a different financial situation. It is not possible to generalize to all. That being said, I will share that my cost of living is significantly less now that I am living off the grid. My mortgage payments are lower. My taxes are more reasonable. I am able to afford more land off the grid than I ever could have afforded in an urban or suburban setting. In addition, I have no utility bills except my monthly fee for a satellite Internet connection (and occasionally filling a propane tank).

Cost is vastly dependent on location, water rights, taxation, size and type of home, number of desired amenities, insurance, distance from necessary services, and more. Affordability must be determined person by person, family by family. What I am seeing here in Colorado is more and more families and retirees moving off the grid. Part of that trend may be due to tough economic times, living on a fixed income, and/or a desire to live in a more basic or essential manner. Personally, I believe we will see more people choosing this lifestyle in the coming years.

#6: You must know a great deal before moving off the grid.

Truth or Myth?

It is a myth that you must have vast knowledge before moving off the grid.

You don't have to know everything up front to be able to successfully make the move to off the grid living. What you do need to have is a real appetite for learning. There are many things you can learn best by doing. Experience is often the best teacher.

I knew very little about solar energy when I moved into my off the grid home. The first thing I did, though, was to educate myself regarding the photovoltaic panels and battery system. That is just one example. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I have learned since moving off the grid. It has been an amazing education, an ongoing learning journey.

There are so many exceptional resources related to green living. I am fortunate to have a friend who is highly knowledgeable and competent when it comes to fixing anything that might break down. His expertise has been a huge benefit to me when I run into mechanical issues with my generator, water pump, or solar inverter. Most of what I have needed to know I have been able to learn via books or the Internet.

What would you want to know before moving off the grid?

#7: Living off the grid is a step backward.

Truth or Myth?

Off the grid living as a step backward is a myth.

You may worry that some of your friends, colleagues, or family members might consider an off grid lifestyle to be a step backward. Often, many of us worry too much about how we are perceived by others.

What is forward progress? Is it tied to what we call modern living? Is a simple lifestyle — a lifestyle stripped down to essentials — less than other ways of life? Is it possible that a move to a more basic manner of living could actually be a step forward?

These are the questions of the quest for a life of contentment. Each of us has our own answers within. Where will your next step lead you?

Where do you stand?

When it comes to off the grid living, I'm all for standing...

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Did my myth-busting change any of your perceptions about off the grid living?

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      fromthebungalow 3 years ago

      I usually feel I need to be an expert in before "going for it." This lens helped me see #offthegrid living is a learn-as-you-go experience.

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      james25882 3 years ago

      What a fascinating Lens... Thanks for the read!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      I don't think I would have ay trouble adapting to living off the grid. Right now, we have to stay put for my husbands job, but we will definitely be making some changes when he retires. You truly are a Renaissance woman. I certainly admire your fearless, nothing can stop you, attitude. Why do I feel like you have said things like "if they could do it, I can too!" :)

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      It's a lifestyle I'd love. I'm not there yet because I live in the hustle and bustle of Fort Lauderdale but I try. We never use AC and I line dry the laundry. We have solar chargers and a wind up radio - from necessity, the power goes off here when there's a slight gust of wind. Ourpower bill is mainly computers,lighting and cooking. But it would be wonderful to have an off the grid condo in the middle of South Florida :)

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      Peter Messerschmidt 4 years ago from Port Townsend, WA, USA

      Seems to me quite a few of the myths surrounding living "off-grid" are born from the fact than so many people who start that lifestyle START from "the edge of poverty" so they appear to be overrepresenting off-grid living. What I mean is, these are folks who already lived in a converted school bus for 20 years (no disrespect there, I lived in one, myself), and can't AFFORD to "make it nice," so a lot of off-grid homes end up looking like one step up from ghetto living. The off-gridders I know here in town are NOT living in dirt floor dwellings and fetching cold water in pails from the well... their houses look all but identical to anyone else's except for the solar arrays and wind turbines.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      oops I think I hit post by mistake before I finished my comment. Anyway .... enjoyed your very informative article very much.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      My cousin lives off the grid and has been for over 25 years now. I always love visiting her and usually I usually stay with her for a week at a time. Seems like the perfect life style to me. I would love to live off the gird however convincing hubby to do so

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      It was a big adjustment for me to go from living smack dab in the middle of a large city to the suburbs a 15-20 minute drive away, so chances are slim that I'll ever go completely off the grid. But what you've shared definitely has me thinking about new ways to live greener and reduce our energy consumption, which is higher than we'd like. Wonderful information and inspiration!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      You certainly make it sound easier than I thought it would be. I guess I'm just not ready to take that leap, I do admire you for following your heart and your commitment to a greener life. Thanks for sharing this I've learned a lot here today.

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      mstcourtjester 4 years ago

      We are still on the grid, but are super frugal.

      We keep our utility costs down to less than $60 per month average.

      Great lens!

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      My affection for modern plumbing precludes much of this, although I appreciate the idea, and as a committed city person, the possibilities are limited. Nevertheless, we can always benefit by moving closer to an idealized idea, and I've done that. But I doubt I'd ever go all the way.

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      RoadMonkey 4 years ago

      yes, it does not look quite as difficult as I have assumed it might be.

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      newyorkdude 4 years ago

      One of my cousins lived off the grid (until the first baby was born). She told me the hardest part was keeping the critters away from the home grown veggies. There are a lot of hungry animals out there!

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      Rob Hemphill 4 years ago from Ireland

      This is something I would really like to do, but in Ireland it would unfortunately be totally impractical.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      @DawnRae64: You are very welcome.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      @DawnRae64: Your day will come. I'm with you... I like to be as far off the grid as possible (but not because I'm antisocial). It's all about the peace of having a big buffer of wide open space.

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      Dawn 4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      PS. thank you for visiting my lens. :)

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      Dawn 4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      LOVE! I had friends who lived off-grid in Arizona. I'd love to live off-grid. They were more social than i am, so they lived off-grid but close to civilization. I want to live off-grid and farther out. the only thing that stops me is the finances to get the place and maintain the place. the types of places i'd like to be would make a commute to work more than i could stand. Someday.....

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      Kate Fereday Eshete 4 years ago from Ethiopia

      Oh, I'm glad to see John Seymour's 'A Self-sufficient Life and How to lead it' among your book recommendations. I live about as Far Away as you can get, so didn't believe any of those myths you listed. I hope that through this and your related lenses you are successful in converting die-hard urban-dwellers so that they seek an alternative, greener, healthier and happier life "off the grid". Keep up the good work!

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      mathew31 4 years ago

      I would enjoy living off the grid.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      @Cynthia Haltom: I like the sound of that.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      It's nice to live off the grid a little and simplify life. I don't think I am ready to give up electricity although I would love to. It bothers me that utilities are monopolies and the consumer is at their mercy. Still they are a necessary evil.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      @shewins: I appreciate how much the cost has come down on solar panels and other green technology. I have also considered wind power. There's plenty of that where I live, but I don't like the noise of some of the wind generators (and the initial expense).

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      @MBurgess: I find the work very satisfying. It feels much less draining than the long commutes I used to make in heavy traffic.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      @lesliesinclair: Sometimes we just have to move in harmony with that tug. You will know if the time is right. I will grow all of my own produce this year. Nothing healthier, that's for sure.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      As I plan to move I'm nagged by a desire to do just this - live off the grid and grow produce too.

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      I wouldn't mind living off the grid. Thanks for your visit and comment to my July 4th Party lens. Enjoy your 4th!

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      tahirmahmood 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I would love to do something like this in a remote area. It may be a lot of hard work but so is living the fast pace life I have now. The difference would be fresher air among other things! Great lens!

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      shewins 4 years ago

      I lived without electricity throughout my 20s. It really was more because it wasn't available where I lived than anything else. Solar panels were very expensive back then, the only electric appliance I had was a small battery operated TV. It worked off a car battery that was swapped out every other day to be charged up in the car. I may be moving back there, if I do I'll be using solar and/or wind power.

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      I walk to the beat of a different drummer.

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      Dee Gallemore 4 years ago

      Wanted to re-visit this lens and leave a bit of angel dust (since our "powers" are going away soon ;-). This is one of my favorite. Lots of enlightening info about living off the grid and a much simpler way of lving. Be well!

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      Dabdab 5 years ago

      This page is really inspirational. Me and my OH have been thinking about off the grid living for year but we live in the UK and planning restrictions are very tight here. However, that is changing, you still can't build whatever you want but you can now get planning permission for things like solar panels. So maybe the time has come to be a bit braver and take the plunge. Thank you for a very informative lens.

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      Birthday Wishes 5 years ago from Here

      Yes, a little bit... ;-)

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      imagelist lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing...

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      Bartukas 5 years ago

      Interesting lens :P

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      Judith Nazarewicz 5 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      I found your lens and loved reading it. It's wonderful to know that there are so many like minded people. My husband and I lived many years off the grid but decided to live closer to towns when our children were growing up so that they could experience both ways of life. Now that our children are on their own, we are considering moving back to the life we used to live. We both can't wait, we are so excited! Absolutely wonderful lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It is a breath of fresh air to stop by here again. I am so happy for you that you are living your dreams. Not everyone gets to that, and you do it with such grace. :)

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      LifeAhead 5 years ago

      Living "off the grid" can mean different things to different people but it essentially means not being connected to the a local electrical utility. The degree to which we take our sustainability is a matter of personal choice. I live in a rural area that is peaceful, and we're surrounded by farmland, cows and hay. I live "on the grid" but we have neighbours just down the road living "off the grid". I find earthships are a particularly fascinating approach to sustainable living.

      Very nice lens with good information. Thanks.

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      HDElectronics 5 years ago

      Great lens, thanks for the info, very inspiring!

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      im4suidoo 5 years ago

      It dawned on me that off the grid need not be always in the woods, it can be right in the city too. It is our mindset and point of view that need to adapt.

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      I love this lens. Does my heart good every time I read it. Just back for a blessing. d

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      Mark Falco 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      If it were up to me I would up sticks and head off into the mountains for an off-grid life tomorrow but my wife is not so keen on the idea. I think I'll pass this lens on to her, maybe it'll help change her mind.

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      IamShea 5 years ago

      I would like to live off the grid but it's just not feasible for me to do so.

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      Resident-Nerd 5 years ago

      Great lens. Living greener can benefit us all more than most realize. Thanks

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      Michael Oksa 5 years ago

      Thank you for clearing up many of the misconceptions that surround living off-grid.

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      Susan R. Davis 5 years ago from Vancouver

      I like my technology an awful lot, but you've at least made me think harder about it. *blessed*

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      Takkhis 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens and honestly i was curious of this lens. Blessed!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      @KathyMcGraw2: I recently benefitted from the significant price drops associated with photovoltaic panels. I added another solar panel to my system this summer. This new panel was half the cost of the other three that are about five years old. I'm thrilled to see alternative energy options become more affordable.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      @Sean1987: Perhaps one day when the time is right. It's definitely worth exploring.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      @AstroGremlin: I feel the same way. Fortunately, my solar power is completely dependable. I spend lots of hours on the computer every day. It's my connection with the outside world (and my means of earning a living).

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      @dumpstergourmet: Thank you!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      @GregoryMoore: The way I Squidoo off the grid is by having a satellite dish for my Internet service (since I don't have the option of hooking up in a traditional way via landlines). It works great. I must have Internet access to make a living out here (there are few jobs to be had in my outback). Thanks for asking.

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      Gregory Moore 5 years ago from Louisville, KY

      How could I Squidoo off the grid?

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      dumpstergourmet 5 years ago

      Love this, very informative, well organized and encouraging - thanks!

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      AstroGremlin 5 years ago

      With my new dependence on computers, I would want a reliable source of power.

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      Sean Gagne 5 years ago from Tampa Bay Area

      Sometimes I wish I lived off the grid

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      Kathy McGraw 5 years ago from California

      Another in your wonderful articles. I took the quiz and was pleasantly surprised I got 100%. It used to be that solar panels were so expensive that people either couldn't afford them, or thought they couldn't. With our current administration talking about alternative energy all the time, and advances in technology...I think more and more people will use this. But, that is only one aspect of living off the grid as so many of your writings show.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      I wouldn't mind living off the grid, I know some who do.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      I love all the wonderful information in this lens and your explanation of what living off the grid is really about. I had to stop back by and sprinkle some angel dust on this lens. Blessings.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      @Rosetta Slone: This is pretty stunning (the stance in your country toward green practices). I deeply respect your persistence in fighting for things that should be highly acceptable (composting, etc.). Harvesting rainwater was illegal when I first moved into my off grid home. I'm happy to report that the laws have changed to allow it. Progress happens. Fight on! I've with you in spirit.

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      Rosetta Slone 5 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      I would love to go off the grid but here in France it's sadly illegal. We've had to fight to do simple things like build a composting toilet or harvest rainwater, both of which are generally not allowed. And having an independent energy source would give our local council a heart attack! Your lens inspires me to keep pushing to get these things accepted here, even though there's a long road ahead to change the laws.

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      Nice job on this educational lens. Most people don't know what living off-the-grid means.

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      AnnsHomeDecor 5 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your lens. Nice work.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I enjoy reading this awesome lens, nicely done!

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      justmelucy 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing another one of the best lenses that I have seen. I can hardly wait to say I am living off the grid for real.

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      VatsalMakhija 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens :) I love the way you structured it.

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      I grew up on a farm when I was young (not on an everyday pace, but spent a lot of my weekends there with my grandparents). It would take a lot to get used to, but I still love and appreciate being out and away from the city (camping etc. - in a tent not a house on wheels lol) listening to the birds and creeks nearby, I find it so beautiful and peaceful :)


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      gaser983 5 years ago

      Great lens, well done!

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      Echo Phoenix 5 years ago

      I have featured you on what used to be my group lens, Planet Earth: Our Garden of Eden, which I am working feverishly to update after a long sabbatical from the internet and consequently, Squidoo. I hope you visit me there soon:)

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Nope, just more determined now. :)

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      It sounds like a beautiful way to live.

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      EmergencyPrepar 5 years ago

      We bought 10 acres in the country in Ohio to do just this...we were young and had no idea about "laws". It ended up costing a lot of money to live in the "country". We were not allowed by code to live in anything less than 1200 sq ft. We had to have electricity and water. So much for our dream and got into debt. We learned our lesson. If we could do it all over again I'd find a place where you are ALLOWED to build and do what you want on your land. Now that we are older we are enjoying Florida life in a house we bought out of foreclosure. It's not off grid but it's paid for and was dirt cheap and not far from ocean. We are planting citrus trees so I can walk out and grab our own fruit. I rarely turn air on not to save money but we love the heat. We don't worry about using the heat in southwest FL so that worked out well. We could ride our bike (about 3 miles) to stores if we want to so we can be "green" that way. We still wouldn't mind having something off the grid maybe within 10-12 hours from here..maybe GA or South Carolina as our 2nd home and mostly for the kids as they get older they could go out there or even live there. Just thoughts.

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      NC Shepherd 5 years ago

      You sure didn't need to convince me! I've been dreaming of getting off the grid for years. If I'd stop going on all my adventures, maybe I could save up a down payment.

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      alex89 lm 5 years ago

      I already wanted to live off the grid when I read this, so my mind is not changed, I would love to do it!

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Very interesting lens. The photos are beautiful

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      @RawBill1: Your time will come. Hold fast to your dreams. The great thing is you have time to plan. Often the anticipation is a very enjoyable part of the process. The neighbor who helps me with my solar power planned his off grid home and systems over the course of several years. Because he took this time to study and think things through very carefully, he has built things right. Everything works really well. This is what I wish for you, too.

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      Bill 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      I am still wanting to live off grid and to build my own sustainable house using natural building techniques. I have been dreaming of it for a few years now and will get there in the end eventually. The time is just not right now.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      @KandDMarketing: Live the questions. That's the thing. I can tell you do. You are very right about curiosity and inquiry keeping us young. Thank you for your visit and such thoughtful comments. Appreciated!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      @getmoreinfo: Thank you for being a repeat visitor and for sharing this site. Very much appreciated!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      @burntchestnut: It's a shame, isn't it? When I lived in Chicago, the restrictions in my neighborhood association were very rigid. Glad to be a place now where I have true freedom. Thanks for sharing. You have added an important consideration to the mix here. Appreciated!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      @LarryH54: The more you know the better. You are very right about that. All of the elements you mentioned are right on the mark. Thank you for adding value to this discussion. Very much appreciated!

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      KandDMarketing 6 years ago

      I've always got questions. It's one of the things that keeps me young. But as to off-grid living, I can say that most, if not all of them have been or are being answered.

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      LarryH54 6 years ago

      @KimGiancaterino: Yes that is why it is so important to obtain a land patent before building an off the grid home. Then you can tell those bureaucrats where they can stick their rules.

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      LarryH54 6 years ago

      I still think you need quite a bit of knowledge if you want to get off to a good start. Knowing the best places for you to move to, how to obtain land patents so that your hard work won't be wasted or stolen through eminent domain, which water, power, and food options are best for you, access to the outside society, etc are all things which you should look at and have SOME knowledge of if you expect to succeed in this endeavor.

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      burntchestnut 6 years ago

      I've been reading where many homeowners' associations won't allow solar panels. That might be a reason people have to move out to the country.

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      getmoreinfo 6 years ago

      I had to stop back by this lens and let you know that I agree with what your saying here, if more people new the truth of what it really means to live off the grid than maybe they would choose to do it too. I will be sharing this lens on my Facebook page, keep up the good work.

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      CorkFlooringTips 6 years ago

      Good lens really busts a few myths.

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      gesh1948 6 years ago

      Really well balanced lens with myth busting at its best. Keep it going

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      TriciaLymeMom 6 years ago

      great sounds wonderful. I would love to live that independent, healthy kind of life. :)

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      wheresthekarma 6 years ago

      Great lens, I just featured it on my "Favorite Lenses" lens.

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      getwellsoon 6 years ago

      I love your pictures in this lens, makes me want to visit! :)

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      lclchors 6 years ago

      Great lens

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      wadsworth lm 6 years ago

      Love it! The strongest bonds are those we do not even know restrain us. We do not need the grid, it is a choice.

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      Squidrocket 6 years ago

      Hi! Great lense about being off the grid - I just wanted to let you know about my lense

      LED lighting has proved to be a very good with solar powered batteries! As someone said below the cost is the prohibitive part but just wanted to say great lense and keep up the great writing!

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      Li-Li-ThePinkBookworm 6 years ago

      Terrific lens! I totally support living off grid, so this was a super helpful lens debunking all the junk people say in protest of leaving the city and living on one's own. I only got 81% on the quiz, but that was because I believe that you need a good deal of knowledge before just up and going out on your own. If you don't know what you are kind of doing, you may end up broke, homeless and hungry. But, a trip to the Library should answer any questions a person may ask.

      Li Li

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      Itaya Lightbourne 6 years ago from Topeka, KS

      You did an awesome job of answering my questions! Guess I didn't stop to think that there can be degrees of being off the grid. I think I like how you are living. It sounds like a wonderful balance. :)

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      @pcgamehardware: Appreciate your visit, comments, and generosity. Thank you! May you live the life of your dreams.

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      @sheezie77: Well, you sure do know how to make me feel amazing. Many thanks!


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