(EDIT: Since there appears to be some confusion let me make this clear, I am not going "Off the grid" or dropping out of society. I am going off grid,
free from dependence on utilities, mainly electricity, as well as free to a large degree from the dependence on technology and the system for my basic
needs. I still need a phone and internet because of my job and being on call and will choose to have TV for getting some news. However at any time I
can drop these conveniences and still survive quite well independent of any utilities and free from the need of commercialization for the most
Well folks I've spent about a year preparing, planning, and setting up and now its time, I'm officially going off grid in the next couple of days. My
family and I have been planning this for some time and we feel we are ready to give it a test run of at least a couple of months, maybe more. We are
doing this now as a test run to see how well we'll be able to survive when, not if TSHTF but I am hoping that our planning is correct and we can stay
off grid permanently.
We have our own alternative energy system consisting of wind and limited solar generation with a battery bank with power inverter and emergency back
up generator. We've tested our setup and have enough power to run our home on a limited basis just off of our wind and solar system. We figure that if
we are conservative with our energy demands we can run our lights when needed at night as well as have television for a couple of hours in the
evening. If we find that we need more power I can add some more batteries to the battery @bank to achieve higher amperage and get longer use out of
Our energy system provides enough power to run our refrigerator and freezer full time and our water heater for an hour each day. For heat in our home
we use a boiler system that's tied into our wood stove and circulates water through radiant heat tubes that I installed in the floor when we built our
home. We have enough wood to last us about 2 years according to my calculations.
We already provide about 60% of our food for ourselves and will be trying to increase this in the future. We provide about 90% of our meat source
through either hunting wild game, fishing, or farm raised beef and currently have enough meat to last us for around 6-7 months either cured or in the
freezer. We will however have to go to the grocery store for some of our vegetables that we don't have canned as well as for some other cooking
supplies. We hope to increase our sustainability to the point that we are providing 75% of our food needs off the land but with winter approaching we
will have to wait for spring to increase our vegetable output.
We will not have internet access at our home due to where we live we are unable to get any type of broadband internet, only dial up is available. We
currently have internet off of the hotspot on my phone but since my contract expires on Monday I will not be renewing it and will have to rely on dial
up for internet to stay up on news. The only utility that I will be paying for is satellite and phone, and if it wasn't for my two sons and wife I
wouldn't have satellite because I personally don't watch TV. I had considered getting a prepaid cellphone with internet and still may go that route
for phone internet, I'm not totally decided on this yet. However we will not have cellphones unless we do decide to go this route and then it will
only be one phone, not the 4 we have now.
This is going to be a change for us, especially my teenage sons but they understand why we are doing it. I have grown increasingly more tired of the
world of technology that we surround ourselves with in our modern lives. I think back to 20 years ago when I was in my early twenties and realize how
we lived life just fine without cellphones and internet and how we actually had more quality time to spend with our friends and family or ourselves. I
have now come to realize that depending on technology makes you a virtual subject to that technology and begets further subjection to technology
because you think you need the newest Android or IPhone, or newest computer or TV.
So this is it, we are going to try our experiment starting next week once we are disconnected from the electric company. I will be checking in to ATS
occasionally to see what's going on and keep up with what's going on in the world but I won't be nearly as active as I have been lately.
on 29-9-2012 by Nucleardiver because: (no reason given)
edit on 29-9-2012 by Nucleardiver because: (no reason given)