I think there are as many definitions of “Living Off Grid” as there are people that attempt to answer that question. I of course have my own opinion and will also describe what I call “off” Off Grid living which is what I call what I do.
Wikipedia defines Off the Grid (OTG) as:
The Urban Dictionary has quite a different definition of Off Grid:
Term used to describe a state of being off of the internet, no Facebook, Twitter, Skype, AIM, Gmail chat, Myspace etc. The only exception being e-mail and phone calls (only school/work related). Generally used in cases of drama-overdose.
The Urban Dictionary also differentiates “Off the Grid” with these definitions:
1) Living without using the services of public or private utility companies (grids) such as electric, gas, or water, by generating and providing for one’s needs such as by using solar power, etc.
2) One who disdains all recordable common forms of commerce, such as eschewing any form of credit extension, banking services or reportable payroll activities, using only cash so as to avoid any traceable transactions, e.g., living completely ‘underground.’
Famous “off the grid” people include such disparate types as environmental champion Daryl Hannah and sociopathic Luddite Ted Kaczynski.
1) Bob lived off the grid in his rustic cabin in the mountains, where he provided for all his own means.
2) Leaving behind no record of his existence other than his birth certificate and social security number, Jim lived totally off the grid.
I think most people who read this blog don’t have the second definition pop in their head, but I have run into many people that don’t know me jump to that conclusion when I tell them I live off grid. Their typical response is “Why? Are you running from the FBI?”, LOL…..
I like the Wikipedia definition out of the above choices, but even that has many different connotations that pop into people’s heads. From a rustic cabin in the woods all the way up to McMansions that have all the amenities and luxuries of an on grid home but have their own power plant and water/septic systems. It is all about money in that case. That luxury does make them self sufficient from the utility companies, but not sure how much else is self sufficient in that life style. But to each their own.
Then there is what I call “Off” – Off Grid living. That is about as rustic as you can get. No electricity (or very little generated by small solar or wind systems) and no running water. Of course most people want to improve on that over time (well at least I do). But often money or even permitting problems may slow down those improvements.
I have found that the “Off” – Off Grid living is really good practice in the event the SHTF. So I guess I am gaining a lot of experience and have learned not to rely on the normal luxuries that most westerners are used to like flipping a light switch or flushing a toilet or turning on a tap to have running water, etc.
I confess that my most recent luxury of a tap light that has a remote control is AWESOME!! I still find myself giggling or pressing that remote to turn the light off and on. “Let their be light” !!!! Quite fun! Yes, I am probably losing it, LOL. I posted about Costco having those lights on sale on my Facebook page. So for those of you who are on Facebook, follow me there to learn about sales or other short duration info that isn’t appropriate for a permanent post on a website. Here is what the pack looked like at Costco so you can keep an eye out for another good deal. Of course if you really must have them, here is the Amazon link but it is very pricey on Amazon.
I mainly wanted to write this post now because I have a bunch of posts that are in draft mode that all need to link to other posts. So I needed to whip out a short post on my definition of living off grid. Feel free to provide your definition of living off grid in the comment section below.