Off -Grid living is a well-established ideal in many cultures but, how many homes worldwide really live Off-Grid completely and how many do it with families in tow???
This is the questions I really would love answered in fact I would love to hear from fellow Off- Grid dwellers as to how they survive Off-Grid, are you completely Off or only partially, and how far do you live out of a town? I know that the “survey says” that in 2018, 62 million houses are known to be using Off-Grid solar systems globally. Considering the number ( which sounds high) it really is quite low and with the state of the world as we are I assume that a lot more homes will eventually go for Off-Grid solar systems.
We live completely Off the Grid ( as you all know) and this means that we have a solar system, rainwater, pump, for water from the river which is used for showers, washing, gardens etc, we use an eco ( composting toilet) on one property and have installed an environmentally friendly septic system at the homestead, we use gas ( not town gas but bottled) for cooking and hot water heating ( we used to have a hot water jacket) the reason for the gas water system is due to the heat we get over the summer months having a wood-fired hot water system for us became uncomfortable over the hotter months ( great for the cooler ones though) and we also use a wood heater for warmth and cooking in the cooler months.
Added to this we grow as much fruit and veggies that we can, also our own meat ( OMG I mentioned meat ), yes we have chickens for eggs, goats and some cattle for meat. Having these allow the family to eat what their bodies need without having any growth, health or emotional needs.
So why aren’t more people taking up this lifestyle considering the natural health and wellbeing benefits, not to mention the freedom from the domination of the power, water, and social media controllers. The lifestyle is so much freer than anything that you can imagine, sure you have to do some sort of work ( plant veggies and fruit, make your home self-sufficient ) but there is a reason that I am a Freedom Lifestyle Advocate, it is because I believe that the social, emotional and health benefits, along with the financial and social benefits of this kind of lifestyle is SO, SO worth the change.
Is living COMPLETELY OFF GRID super easy and does it give you the rosy outcome with NO arguments, problems, or work…….NOT A CHANCE, it can be difficult and just like any other couple Stu and I certainly have a barney or two and we do have certain jobs that we must complete for the comfort of the family ( pump water, get firewood, cook dinner, do the washing, make the beds, mow the lawn, fill the fuel tanker, tend the gardens). That list looked long and daunting didn’t it??? Well now compare that to your list of jobs that you have to pay someone to do ( mow the law, get takeaway etc) the jobs you have to do ( washing, ironing, cleaning, mowing) and those little jobs that you can’t escape ( paying the bills, filling your car). Your list is just as long if not sometimes longer and then of cause you have the 24/7 mobile, internet devices powering through your home, office, cars, day in day out…….
I am thinking even after TEN years living OFF-GRID I will stick with it as I remember all to well the city life that I was a part of and I defiantly don’t miss it. I also remember working in jobs that I never loved but all the time struggling against the repression to become the person that I am today, the person that I can say is authentically me, the mother, artisan, traveler, homeschooler, freedom lifestyle advocate and a lover of life and earth…
The ideal of Off-Grid living is gaining momentum and many families are starting to look for their slice of “the good life” and who can blame them when life, family, friends, and freedom are all the gains of this life. So to everyone out there that wishes to give it a go…GO FOR IT, you only live once…