What does off-grid living mean?

What does off-grid living mean?

Off-grid living certainly isn’t anything new but in recent years, there’s been a fresh surge of interest in off grid life. What that is defined as exactly is up to the individual. 

Still, many may be intrigued by the idea but uncertain of what it entails. So what does off grid mean, and what are the benefits of living without the grid? Let’s take a closer look. 

What Does Off Grid Mean?

Off-Grid means a lot of different things. There are various ways of living off grid, meaning there’s no single definition. At the most basic level, all off grid homes are designed to function without using at least some traditional utility infrastructures, like electric lines, public water lines, and more.
Some people go much further then just removing power or utilities connections by growing their own food to reduce or eliminate their reliance on traditional grocery stores and supply chains.
In the most extreme cases, ultra off grid enthusiasts may make their living solely with their own hands and tools, giving up traditional employment and community life.

Why Do People Go Off Grid?

The reasons for going off grid are as diverse as the people who do it. Some decide to go off grid because they love nature. They want to be as close as possible to the natural world. However, living in these remote and unspoiled spots often requires off grid systems for survival.
Others may be looking to save money by eliminating many of their housing and utility costs. Still, more off gridders may want to build a more self-sufficient life, whether because of concerns over traditional infrastructure or simply a desire to rely on no one other than themselves. Of course, some off grid livers don’t particularly enjoy being around people and have taken to the lifestyle as a way to be left alone. 
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