Living off-grid


Have you ever thought how good it would be to live without having to look at the mailbox and feel a certain apprehension, in the hope of not finding a threatening looking white letter that reminds you that it is time to pay?


This term literally means off the grid, or “disconnected”.
The total self-sufficiency of an off-grid house allows total independence from any type of supply deriving from services provided by public or private bodies (water, gas, electricity, garbage, …)
Obviously, beautiful things are never easy to get: first of all we talk about costs.
Leaving aside the amortization of the investment, whose time horizon is very long, a completely independent and self-sufficient house is not a goal for all budgets.
There are those who start a little at a time, in part, through the purchase of solar panels and photovoltaics, or by exploiting other renewable energy. A second step can be the realization of an artesian well, with the hope, finally, of detaching completely from the system, from the famous “grid”.


Why live off the grid?

Imagine that one of the many SHTF or TEOTWAWKI scenarios is presented to us “dear”: we would be completely immune from any kind of immediate consequence. We would continue to be able to use electricity, have clean water and be able to warm up. We point out, this eventuality would be excluded in the event we are directly hit by a natural event (eg earthquake or flood) or when the voice of our self-sufficiency spreads. In this case, it is easy to understand that an optimal defense system would be advisable, even better if instead of a house it is a complex of houses, according to the theory of “unity is strength”.

Returning to the basic question, why live off the grid, I believe that the need to get away and above all, to detox from the modern consumerist / capitalist system, trying to play a healthier life and in harmony with nature is one of the reasons that pushes towards this Street; paved road of difficulty and compromise.
Switching from a hi-tech life, with a mobile phone, television, internet to one where books are sometimes the only source of entertainment is not easy. In my opinion, probably, we would be more focused on living fully real life rather than trying to get a perfect, but virtual ..

That said, I conclude this first article, asking you how many of you already have (or are starting) a home off the grid. Also, what problems did you face and how did you solve them? Write it down below in the comments!