What does OFF THE GRID MEAN?
Thinking about my upcoming trip to America to Burning Man (OMG I STILL NEED FLIGHTS) I have been looking at some amazing pictures of Off the Grid homes. Check out the photos on my photo blog: http://onlypinkthings.tumblr.com/ They’re beautiful and more and more I am craving the bush, camping, water in lakes and rivers. Which is ironic considering Burning Man is a desert. In a dried up lake bed. However it is self sustainable, and eco-friendly… for the week that the city exists…
I’m looking forward to a week offline, disconnected and blissfully out of touch with reality.
Living off-grid, or off-the-grid (OTG) means living in a home that operates without using municipal water, gas, power, sewage, or other publicly supplied utilities. Instead, off-grid homes use renewable forms of energy such as solar, wind, and geothermal technologies. A number are heated via wood stoves. Many also use a number of inventive water capturing and repurposing systems, such as rain barrel water collection, grey water systems, composting toilets, energy-efficient appliances, energy-efficient lighting, non-electric/hand-powered appliances, and passive heating/cooling systems (which involves the use of methods such as layering clothing for warmth during cooler months and closing window blinds to keep out heat during warmer months).
Our modern world has jaded the population into believing we need certain things in order to survive. The internet, for one. A cell phone. A car. But what if I told you a person could have all of these things, and still live off the grid?
Nick Rosen, author of Off the Grid: Inside the Movement for More Space, Less Government, and True Independence in Modern America, says: “You can’t get off all of the grids all the time. It’s a question of which grids you choose to get off of and in what way and for how long. [But] going off the grid is not a game. It’s real life and a real choice for real people.”
“The era of 40 acres and a mule has been replaced by the era of a half an acre and a laptop and a solar panel.”