Living off the grid is becoming increasingly popular, and for good reason: it brings you to a world of simplicity and survival, but in a way of comfort that those who live off-grid absolutely love.
Off-grid living basically means being, well, pretty disconnected from electricity (and because of that, to some, society). But while some people would find this unbearable, others find it the best way of living. Think camping or spending time at the cottage… all the time. Not exactly like jumping to a plane and moving abroad to another country, isn’t it?
The thing is, there are plenty of ways to living this way comfortably. It’s not moving into pioneerhood; instead, it’s just using what you need and reducing your overall consumption of what you don’t. It doesn’t mean living in darkness once the sun goes down, or only burning candles to have some light in the early mornings.
One essential thing to note is that most people and families who are living off the grid still have light… but only when it is essential. With interior lighting, for example, they only pop it on when necessary, and in rooms/areas of the home where it is absolutely needed. In addition, they go for the most efficiency they can, often in the form of DC LEDs.
In general, living dedicated to self-sufficiency and reducing your reliance on the non-renewable resources can help the environment. And it also is generally self-enlightening, as people realize the power of living simplify. And there are plenty of ways to do it. Removing blinds and curtains, for example, allows more light into the home. In turn, actual light source needs are reduced, and the sun helps warm the home, regardless of the weather outside.
Having a water pump is another must-have, and one that’s manually operated at that. At first, it might seem a little inconvenient, but it will soon turn into an everyday “appliance”, not unlike the appliances and gear that take you just a few moments to use each morning.
Most technologies are kiboshed completely, but not all of them. Using one or two eco-friendly items, such as a low-energy computer for Internet, television, movies, and streaming radio, allows for versatility without being over run with multiple large, energy-sucking electronics. Other items can be manually generated, such as wind-up radios. For those who are into fitness, large exercise equipment aren’t needed. Body weight routines and free weights can give a whole body workout, or the use of manual treadmills or stationary bikes can get some cardio in. Bike trainers are available, too, for avid cyclists if the weather is too poor to get outdoors.
Yes, it is inevitable that, at first, there might be a bit of discomfort. But as time progresses, you’ll get into the swing of things, just as you would implementing any new habit into your life. Luxury is reduced, simplicity is embraced, and, likely, you’ll enjoy a lot of other parts of your life.
The key to comfort, of course, is motivation. If you don’t want to do it, likely you won’t succeed. You’ll find it a nuisance, miss your “old life”, and revert back relatively quickly. Instead, you’ll need to take the time to learn how to generate forms of power and create your own comfort… and stop relying on electricity to get you there.
If you’re planning on moving towards off-grid living, check out our article Tips for Living Off-the-Grid, covering everything from food and drink, to water, to emergency preparedness kits.