might equate living off the grid with living similar to how Olympic
skier Bode Miller
did growing up, no electricity, no water, in a remote cabin like
it's 1099 CE. For some, the idea is romantic, but there are few
who are passionate enough about becoming energy independent, reducing
their carbon footprint, saving money, or privacy to sacrifice that
much of their life, and I dont blame them. Although Les Stroud
chose to go off the grid by purchasing a remote property and supplying
it with what he needed, an idea appealing to many, others who wish
to vanish in plain site can easily go off the grid as well. Going
off the grid is becoming a much less intrusive process, even an
average suburban home can go off the grid at the initial cost of
a home renovation with no serious disruptions in their way of life.
Not having to consume the products of the utility companies means
not having to continuously disclose your location and compromise
your privacy. Here are the main systems that you can replace.
of the electricity that you consume is a function of many factors.
The climate you live in, the appliances you have, your own personal
habits, state laws, local zoning ordinances, and more can all affect
your decision about how to produce all of your own electricity.
No matter where you live, you will probably use a combination of
power, and a standby
generator. Another component may be to use propane tanks or
propane-powered generators or appliances. Different combinations
of these items can create more than enough power for the average
household. Although some like to sell their excess power back to
the grid, where possible, if privacy is your goal, severing your
connection to the grid altogether is preferred.
Water is the
most difficult modern service to produce more than your demand.
Usually the best option to get your own water is to dig a well on
your property. This can be expensive but, where possible, is a great
way to be self-sufficient in collecting water. This option is probably
not even possible if you live in a suburban area. There is also
the option of installing a rainwater harvesting system. The area
of an average household in most of the US is sufficient to collect
a significant amount of water. With a water tank to store the rainwater,
you can take the rain that falls for a few months, weeks, or days
per year, and make it last throughout the year. You might have to
change the landscaping of your yard and install low-flow fixtures
to create a lower water demand, but the normal demands of a household
can usually be met. In those areas that do not receive enough rain
to supply your household with the water that it needs, a few deliveries
per year from a bulk water delivery company to refill your tanks
will probably suffice.
and businesses use septic tanks rather than a connection to the
sewer line. With a septic tank installed, you can hire a private
service to pump it on a regular basis, rather than make regular
payments to the city for sewer service.
It is no longer
necessary to give up most of the creature comforts that we take
for granted in order to go off the grid. Adopting a lifestyle that
uses less water and energy can make the process cheaper, but like
Survivorman, I like to plug in my guitar sometimes. Expectations
and needs of a modern household can now be met while still maintaining
privacy from utility companies by going off the grid. More compete
strategy for using off-grid living for privacy can be found if you
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Rounds, J.D. is a California attorney. He holds a degree in Accounting
from the University of Utah and a law degree from California
Western School of Law. He practices civil litigation, domestic
and foreign business entity formation and transactions, criminal
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