I’ve recently heard, yet again, chatter concerning some of my friends and acquaintances who are living off- grid. It seems there is more and more criticism over the fact that those who “claim” to live off-grid are not and those who are in the city and suburbs are becoming annoyed about it. This is so funny to me. Mostly, because those who are criticizing have no idea what it even means to live off-grid and more than that, are not willing to listen to those who do for explanation. Don’t ya just love when people know exactly what you are doing and why? Insert snicker here. My children and I have been collecting data for a book we have had in the works for years, decades, it remains unfinished, mostly due to the fact that the content is forever growing. It is titled, The Stupid Book.
Off-the-grid homes are autonomous: they do not rely on municipal water,sewer, natural gas, electrical power grid, or similar utility services. A true off-grid house is able to operate completely independently of all traditional public utility services.
That being said, yes, power is an option, hot water, flushing toilets etc… Many options are at the disposal of the creative “homesteader” (that’s a term I like), one is just not connected to a local supplier/service (public or private).
~ Cabin site pic from a neighboring mountain ~
When we lived at the cabin we had no public utilities of any kind. Zip. Yet, we had a toilet, sinks and even a show, all gravity fed from a holding tank; this was also true also, at the Castle. At the Cabin we drew water up from one of the creeks via pump and fire hose (operated by generator power), at the Castle we had a well that pump water also via the generator ~ although it was sulfur water ~ Yuck! Yes, even out in the middle of nowhere, we managed to have Christmas lights on our little home, even though it was only a few hours out of the year. Some have managed the internet, all while remaining off-the-grid.
~Big Daddy and the kids out tracking an a sunny day~
Let’s be clear, when one chooses this lifestyle it does not necessarily mean they never frequent a grocery store (this is something I hear a lot, “So and so is living a lie ~ I saw them eating cheese!”). One of my children’s favorite events was to pile into the Beater and head down the mountain to get supplies. Yes, we had a need for bandages, lamp fuel and the occasional Hershey bar and marshmallows. Not to mention, soya sauce… One needs a good soy sauce when making squirrel stir fry! So unless you have a great homemade Hershey bar recipe (and trust me I know some of you do) please show some mercy, lol. Keep in mind, the term self-sufficiency can be added to the off-the-grid lifestyle, the two do not HAVE to go hand in hand. Now, to tickle your funny bone…