Prepper’s Total Grid Failure Handbook: Alternative Power, Energy Storage, Low Voltage Appliances and Other Lifesaving Strategies for Self-Sufficient Living.
What Is Off-Grid?
An off-grid home is not connected to any public utilities. All the modern conveniences of society that are generally supplied by a municipality are either deemed unnecessary by the homeowner or are otherwise provided without connecting to an outside source. The term “off-grid” is derived from the fact that you are not connected to the electrical power grid in your community, though an off-grid life can also mean being disconnected from all other public utilities including water, sewage, natural gas, and landline telephone. Any conduit that brings one of these public services onto your property connects you into the grid; to be fully off-grid, you must break all these connections.
In our case, we chose to break virtual grid connections as well as physical ones. We disconnected with services such as trash collection, package delivery, newspaper delivery, and mail service. Going off-grid is different for everyone, and can be done in baby steps or by going cold turkey, which is what we did.
Why Go Off-Grid?
We chose to make the jump from a fully connected house to a house with no existing grid ties, meaning we had no electricity and no running water. However, we never planned to live without those modern conveniences. Instead, our goal was to continue our high-tech lifestyle by taking care of all our own needs.
So why did we chose to go through all the hard, time-consuming work of setting up a self-sufficient home in the middle of the woods? We had several reasons.
• If the grid eventually goes down due to natural or manmade causes, we will still have all our daily modern conveniences.
• We wanted to undertake the adventure of setting up and living a selfreliant lifestyle.
• The more ways you move off the grid, the more anonymous your life becomes.
A fully off-grid lifestyle is not for everyone. Many of our friends who are preppers do not want to live off-grid unless they have to. They set up solar electric systems similar to ours while remaining tied in with the public electric company. In this manner, their alternative energy is ready when it is needed and they can use it in certain areas of the house to become familiar with it before “crunch time.”
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