I often wonder why others try to discourage people, family or friends, from living off the grid? I see someone wanting to do it so badly, but to have her circle of family and friends saying thing against it, trying to change her mind. Since I have lived off the grid for 16 years now, I feel I can answer this question. As I see it, I believe they are jealous. Yes, they see you changing to do something new and innovative that they would never be able to attempt, let alone do. Why can’t they encourage you instead? Because they do not want you to be different from them. It is the same as smokers and nonsmokers. vegetarians and meat eaters, as well as a slew of others like religion, race, political, NON-GMO and GMO (yes, there are actually people defending their GMO’s on Facebook!), etc.
I started researching this topic today and discovered the stories about living off the grid are usually about how it is illegal for someone or a family to be living off the grid. When I go to these stories, and there have a number of them lately, I find there is more to the story than living without utility electric power. Most of these are stories about someone in a city, not following the housing codes. Of course they are going to be fined. That would be expected. It has nothing to do with being off the utility power.
Maybe these stories scare your parents or other family members who are afraid of what will happen to you, if you live this way. Most of the people I know personally, even homesteaders, will NEVER live off the grid. They are hooked on too many electricity hogs to give them up for good. When we moved here I owned a 42″ television, which was big for that time period. I gave it away. I knew it would look out of place in this house and we would probably never use it again. I was right. Now we don’t even own one and I have no interest in one at all. We are both too busy to waste time watching it anyway.
We can still watch movies and television shows on DVD and buy them from Amazon. It is a rare that we watch anything though. Most of the time, I read on my Kindle and my husband likes to relax and go to be early. It is a pretty contented way of life, as long as you can keep the outside world from invading it. Our children are grown up and on their own, so it is just the two of us here. Our parents are all gone now too, so no one is trying to change our mind. They stopped trying after they saw we were really doing better than everyone else on the grid. Life is what you make it, on or off the grid!
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