Would you choose to live off grid?

Thumper Logic Thumper Logic
Would you choose to live off the grid if you could? There are some pretty awesome wood and coal burning pioneer stoves, electric independent refrigerators, water heating units, etc. out there now!
10/09/2012
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Gdom Gdom
While I probably couldn't live fully off the grid (I imagine it's rather difficult--and maybe illegal--to use a wood burning stove in a NYC apartment), I can see why the idea would be appealing.
10/09/2012
EvilHomer EvilHomer
I have thought about it before. It is a long process, especially if you do not want to give up too many creature comforts. (Here I should note,I would do it primarily for cost saving and perhaps the environmental aspects, not the I don't want a smart-meter, people tracking me, or fear of "the man").

What I found when I looked into it was A) it would take me over 15 years at current levels of use to break even on the investment for power alone, so B) the first order of business if I were serious is consumption reduction, this likely means replacing appliances, better insulation, new lights, "vampire appliance" killing outlet controls. C) The cost drops a good bit if you are grid-tied (you sell excess power during the day and then buy back at night, aka "net metering" this saves the cost of having to install and maintain a battery system for low wind/dark times. D) Depending on location a well would have to be drilled and septic, if not already, to leave the grid. E) A complete disconnect with the grid would mean phone and internet, two items that are almost required in modern life. F) Heat in certain areas can be an issue, though there are options for wood or pellet fuel central heat.

In closing, I would first reduce my bill as much as possible using other measure and then consider a personal source of power. I would probably choose to be grid-tied with net metering, simply to save the cost of power storage, if the grid were to go down from time to time (and stay down for extended periods of time) I might consider a propane generator to fill the gaps. As far as leaving the grid for other utilizes I could see (and prefer) well water, though septic is another thing to maintain, but I do not see disconnecting internet and cell phone service.
10/09/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
NO WAY. My internet has been down the last week (still having issues) and I've been going nuts. I'll stay on the grid, thanks!
10/09/2012
freud13 freud13
I'm not sure I could do it, but I certainly see the appeal of it.
10/09/2012
married with children married with children
I would love some land out in the country far away from most people.
10/09/2012
Bethy Cassatt Bethy Cassatt
If I could and had the initial money to buy a home, solar pannels, seeds, yadda yadda yadda, then yes, I would.
10/09/2012
js250 js250
Been there, done that--NEVER Again!!!! It was not as good of a situation as one might think.
10/09/2012
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