The off-grid life is growing in popularity across North America, but it certainly doesn’t always take the same form.
That’s what filmmaker and professor Phillip Vannini discovered when he spent two years travelling to every province and territory in Canada, interviewing dozens of people who have chosen to live off-grid – whether near the arctic circle in the Yukon or on a temperate island in British Columbia.
The result is a 90-minute documentary – Life Off Grid — where he learned the challenges and rewards of the off-grid life. He even visited an island that prohibits utility electricity and requires everyone to own 10 acres of land.
Vannini, the Canada research chair at Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C., is this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio.
Vannini tells us:
We also discuss a man who built an earth berm home for $1,000 and who constructed an air compressor out of a lawnmower motor.