Living off-grid has become a trending topic in recent years. Many people wonder how they can move off of the grid. They might be sick of renting property, paying electrical bills, or working in the city. Living off the grid is an alternative to the typical modern lifestyle. You do not have to sacrifice comfort, security, or convenience when you live off-grid. It may take a little bit of extra effort and money, but living off the grid is well worth it. Essentially, living off of the grid means living disconnected from the primary electrical grid. It can also mean living away from water hookups, wiFi, and other utilities.

 

Living Off of the Main Electrical Grid

Cities and counties are powered by electrical grids owned by utility companies. Many utility companies have unfair monopolies on electricity. In the country, you can find property away from this grid. But that doesn’t mean you have to use candlelight to see if you choose to live off of the main electrical grid. Wind power, water power, and solar power, all present solutions that allow people to live comfortably off of the grid.

 

Living Sustainably

Living off the grid also means limiting your visits to the main city. People who live off the grid often choose to farm and garden most of their food. This allows them to limit the amount of access that they need to grocery stores. Off-grid residents don’t usually have regular trash and recycling pickups scheduled like people in cities and neighborhoods. They choose to use sustainable alternatives and reduce their use of single-use goods.

 

Making Sacrifices

Individuals do not have to sacrifice comfort, cleanliness, or safety to live off-grid, but a few sacrifices do have to be made. You can’t easily go to fast food drive-through, visit bars, or shop at malls. Financial sacrifices are made as well. It requires saving, investment, and financial sacrifice to self-sufficient property. Solar panels, water purification systems, and farm equipment all require financing to purchase.

John Shramko