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The Benefits of Off Grid Living

Aug 30, 2008
Off grid living is the new craze that is sweeping through America? This environmentally friendly and cost effective way of self sufficiently producing electricity abolishes the constraints of being tied to utility "grid" demands.

This revolutionary way of life is in no way reflective of the previously common "hippie lifestyle" envisioned by urbanized Americans. Images of relying on ecologically friendly veggie patches and a free water system from the nearby stream are a pre historic myth of the past. Americans are now aware that the principles of off grid living may be applied to any house throughout the country, including those presently 'on' the grid. New Yorkers, Californians, Texans, are all looking into these 'free' methods of energy production, from solar panels to personal wind generators the curiosity surrounding off grid living is constantly heightening. So why it is only now American citizens are ready to break this 'ball and chain' relationship with government and corporate establishments?

Today society now has a higher access to information on off grid living. Information portals such as the 'world wide web', seminars, and media advertising are all assisting in shedding true light on this innovative form of existence. People are now aware that by converting to off grid living they do not have to sacrifice the small luxuries in life they have previously spent so long working for. They can research what methods would suit their locality and circumstances through others personal experiences. The world of off grid living is no longer a big black pit.

The previous costs incurred by moving to off grid living have greatly reduced over the past few years. The prior extortionate costs involved with such a lifestyle have been reduced by factors such as an increase in competitive service provider's e.g. solar panel specialists. As people now have access to a wider scale of information from both at home and overseas they are able to research the more cost effective and review DIY methods available. While the energy demand continues to increase against capacity, those living off grid can sleep easy knowing their energy costs are decreasing and eventually diminishing.

Presently regardless of geographic location we are all starting to feel the consequences of our careless living. As we have casually ravaged through our non renewable resources we are now left with the question, how much longer can they last? Celebrities, heads of state and local communities are now taking note and joining together in the fight against global warming. Those living off grid often choose to do so with the environmental benefits in mind. By converting your house to a more ecologically friendly way of functioning you will greatly decrease your carbon footprint, which is essential for slowing down and hopefully stopping global warming.

Those living off grid may enjoy the relief of never having to receive those dreaded bills through the letterbox. They enjoy the satisfaction of never again having to succumb to an increase in electricity costs reflecting the rate of inflation (something your paycheck rarely seems to do). Their fulfillment of being able to watch their favorite T.V program while neighbors sit harboring candles through a local blackout becomes invaluable. As well as environmental and financial reasons, the added bonus of having independence through self sufficiency make off grid living extremely attractive to everyone.

It is fairly simple to see why off grid living is increasing in popularity throughout the country. Although the start-up cost of such a lifestyle may initially be relatively high it is safe to say that the value of saving our planet is priceless.
About the Author
Andrew Oke is very interested in renewable energy.He has 16 years experience living off the grid, and has completely built his own renewable energy system. Visit his website at Living Off The Grid
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