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Is A 100% Off-Grid Life Even Possible?

Monday, December 7, 2015 3:08
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Is A 100% Off-Grid Life Even Possible?

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Is it possible to live fully and completely off the grid? This is a complicated question with a few different answers. Some people, of course, will jump immediately to a “yes” for an answer. They will be the first to point out how the Native Americans did it, the settlers and mountain men did it, and their grandparents did it. And they would certainly be right. Many people have truly lived off the grid to the truest and purist definition of the term.

You could purchase a good knife, a fine rifle, ammunition, a metal pot, and a few other odds and ends and then go out to where the road ends, ditch your car, and live like the North Pond Hermit. However I’m willing to bet not too many of us want to live like that. I certainly don’t, unless I must.

But let’s come back around to reality, and talk about the modern definition of living off the grid. For most, it’s owning a few acres somewhere, not paying a dime in electricity or water bills, growing your food, and only purchasing a few supplies here and there. But the question is: Can you live fully off the grid?


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  • I am gearing up for that for my retirement. I already have solar and wind power and battery storage. You can dig a well about 20-25′ deep with pvc pipe, there are videos on youtube that show you how. I actually make wind power generators out of old treadmill motors. Rain barrel collection and storage of water is a must for gardens and veggies.
    And dont forget the ‘old reliable’ wood stove too! Thanks for the Article!

  • There is no such thing as a society that is “off grid.” This is a fantasy shared by many in the Conservative Right crowd that look forward to the collapse of American society so that a “proper” society can rise from the ashes. It is a nihilistic approach to life that can only end in loneliness and despair.

    Instead of looking forward to America’s collapse, why not participate and try to make it better?

    • Idiot. nearly a billion people on this planet still do NOT have electricity. And their not dead.

  • What a stupid statement. Nearly a billion human beings exist on this planet that DO NOT have electricity!

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