Why Living Off-Grid is So Popular (And How to Do It the Smart Way)

Why Living Off-Grid is So Popular (And How to Do It the Smart Way)

The following contribution is from another author.

Living off grid can be a lot of fun. It reminds you that you’re an independent human being and not necessarily hopelessly hooked up to a society. But it also offers a host of other benefits that many people love. Check them out below. 

It’s Sustainable

Living off grid is one of the most sustainable things that you can do. Things like collecting your own rainwater and growing your own food puts far less pressure on the planet and completely changes how you interact with it. You’re only producing what you need to consume and nothing more.

But how do you inject a little smart technology into the mix? Well, for one, you take advantage of solar-powered hydroponics. These systems allow you to grow vast quantities of food inside without the need to buy energy from a utility provider or rely on the weather. 

You Lead By Example

Many people believe that civilization is their source of life. Without it, they’d die, they tell themselves. But that’s not true, as many people have demonstrated in the past. In fact, you can lead by example and show them that “living off the fat of the land” is possible, so long as you have the right approach. Demonstrating this could encourage more people in the community to live off grid and try the independent lifestyle themselves. 

You Eat Healthier

Nature never produces processed food. What’s more, energy-dense foods, like meat and honey are notoriously difficult to come across. So, overall, your health dramatically improves in the long-term if you decide to live off grid. You’re eating onions, cabbages, squash, potatoes, fruits, and greens for most meals. These are some of the best foods for your body and can even help to prolong your life and prevent disease from happening. 

Today, you don’t have to plant crops in the “dumb” old-fashioined way. Instead, you can insert sensors into your soil that tell you when you need to feed and water your plants. You can also do things like connect them to smart irrigation systems that will automatically water them for you. 

You Don’t Have To Pay Bills

Paying off your mortgage feels great because you no longer have to send massive payments to the bank every month. But, more often than not, you’re still saddled with massive bills every month for water, electric and gas – not what you want. 

Going off grid, however, totally eliminates this burden. Plus, it also opens you up to a host of smart technologies you can implement in your home

Solar roofing panels are the most obvious solutions. These allow you to keep all your electrical appliances and power them in a sustainable way. You can also explore automatic backup generator installation for homes. These systems immediately cut in if they detect a break in your regular mains supply. There are also battery options too. These can provide your property with power for as much as a week before you’ll need to charge them up again. By connecting them to solar panels, you virtually eliminate the risk of running out of electricity. 

You Get To See What’s Possible

Perhaps the most alluring aspect of living off grid is that it allows you to explore what’s possible, given current technology. In the past, it was notoriously difficult to live off grid because of the sheer amount of work that you had to do on your home and the land. 

But technology is actually making homesteading considerably easier. In fact, today, you can find a gadget that will do just about everything for you. 

For instance, suppose food production is one of your goals. Well today, you can buy irrigation systems that don’t require you to do anything at all. These circulate nourishing solutions via plants’ roots, providing them with all the nutrients that they need. All you have to do is replace the filter once every now and then, and you can grow vast quantities of plants indoors. 

You can also experiment with natural waste and composting solutions. You can funnel human waste to special processing tanks which render it harmless and then allow you to return it to the environment in the form of soil. 

You Can Make Your Family Safer

Just because societal collapse hasn’t happened yet, doesn’t mean that it won’t happen in the future. Things came close in the advent of the pandemic. If the disease had been any more severe, workers may have refused to show up to work. Investing in technology that allows you to grow a large quantity of food on your property is, therefore, essential. 

Author

Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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