Off the grid. We use these words to describe everything from camping in the backcountry to traveling across cellular “dead zones” without service to removing ourselves from contemporary society in favor of a more in-tune relationship with nature. But, you may ask, what is “the grid.” And how does someone live off of this seemingly elusive mechanism? Well, in short, it’s all about self-sustainably in just about every aspect of the phrase. This includes shelter, power, food production, harnessing and recycling water, and managing waste without the assistance of outside influences. And while this may sound foreign in a contemporary communal age of convenience, it’s not impossible.
Before we go into more details on how to live off the grid we need to establish a definition of what “the grid” actually means. In this instance, the grid in question here is referred to as the power grid – which is the linked system that delivers power (in the form of electricity) to the masses. Here, we have what is actually a fragile ecosystem of dependence that transfers energy generated on a mass scale from extra high voltage producers (such as coal, nuclear, or hydroelectric plants) through a distribution grid and into the homes or offices of consumers. Needless to say, just about every aspect of our daily lives is reliant on “the grid,” so it’s no secret that removing yourself from this system with the intentions of self-sufficiency is no easy task – the rewards, however, are quite fruitful. With that said, here’s a brief guide on what you need to consider and how to get started.