Off grid living is a choice for more people. Some says it is for the crises, but mostly it is actually being tired of this modern life style with bills and stress that comes with it. But the most important reasons are that more people are looking to reduce their footprints in the environment, assert their independence from the existing system and avoid reliance on fossil fuels. How does this lifestyle work?
House going of the grid: water, electricity, phone line ecc are normally connected to a municipal or national system. Some houses decides to provide themselves with own electricity with renewable solutions (solar, air, heat pump) and in water rich areas also dig their own water supply, where also renewable sources supply water heating. Some even build their own sewage system. In some countries you can also become tax free by building your house on wheels. To reduce construction costs some make their own construction materails from recycable materials or use local materials.
Two types of Off Grid homes
(Photo: 1st: treehugger.com, 2nd: pg.webring.com)
Foods: many people also produce their own foods having a farm with food produce and animals. Some also rent a part of their land for others who likes to produce their foods but do not have land, and pays rent with foods to the land owner. By collecting rain water in sustainable water basins brings enough water to the crops all year around. Some adjust their lives to eat by seasons and/or eat only what the geographical area gives.
Recycling: many houses has their own compost system. Some houses recycle waste and brings them or sells them to ecological systems. There are people making themselves a living only by collecting waste and selling them to recycling centers.
Home water collector and home made green house
(Photo 1st: unknown, 2nd: blog.ellams.com)
For some off grid living means to be with out recidence and travels as tourists. Some countries asks only to exit the country for some days to get at new permission to stay in the country for a longer time.
In all ways Off Grid Living means to be autonomous or self -sufficient…more or less…