I’m sure you’ve seen those t-shirts that reads, “Life is better off the grid,” but is it really? Yeah, I mean, I think many people fantasize of living off the grid, rent-free — and a select few have turned that dream into a reality. However, there’s a heck of a lot more to consider than just investing in a pile of solar panels and a DIY tiny house kit to get you debt free .
While I’m all for those who want to embrace the sustainable, simpler lifestyle, I can’t see the allure of abandoning civilization entirely to live a more self-sufficient life.
Just to clarify, the term “off the grid” refers to living autonomously without reliance on a utility for power. That means that you would live with either no electricity or a self-sustained source of electricity. You would also either use an outhouse or a septic tank, and you would have a water well or another water source nearby to collect water from. Sound fun? After a long day of roughing it, I'd rather enjoy some Netflix instead of spending my evenings trying to navigate my surroundings by fire and candlelight.
Also, might as well donate that vehicle(s) to Kars4Kids because it isn't going to do you much good sitting idle outside in the driveway without any gas or oil to keep it running. You'll need have to take into account that this new homestead lifestyle means no packaged or canned foods, nothing from the frozen food section either. That means you'll have to grow your own food and live off a diet of fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, and even mushroom patches along with perennial vegetables. Yummm-eeee. Personally, I'd prefer a nice hot pizza and a scoop of ice cream for dessert, but to each their own.
While it may sound trendy and cool to say you're living "off the grid," to me it sounds like a post apocalyptic world like something straight out of 'The Walking Dead.' And that's probably what I would turn into if I didn't have the reliance of my trusty Keurig.