Our Top 5 Reasons to Move Off Grid
What does ‘Off Grid’ mean? Well, it means many different things to different people and believe it or not, the simple definition of living ‘Off Grid’ causes arguments within the Off-Grid communities. To me it means: to be independent from electrical, water, and gas, it means reducing our carbon footprint, conscious living, sustainable living, and embracing the old ways, to get back to our roots by leaving the four walls , the florescent lights, the 9-5 and the rush hour traffic.
When our family decided to embrace this lifestyle we came up with our Top 5 Reasons to Move Off Grid and leave the rat race behind.
Our Top 5 Reasons to Move Off Grid #1 Money
Why work all day to pay for a house you don’t have time to enjoy, to enroll your kids in every activity available to never see them, to have a boat you never have time to use? We asked ourselves this very same question and the answer we came up with was in fact the very question, Why?
Have more and enjoy less? Reverse that-have less and enjoy more. That is the true key to happiness.
Our Top 5 Reasons to Move Off Grid #2 Life Skills
I often hear kids these days don’t know how to do X,Y,Z or that handmade crafts are a lost art, and it may be true. Our legacy we want to pass down to our children is how to provide for themselves, to take pride in a long days work, to find self-worth in accomplishing goals, and seeing the fruits of their labor.
Our Top 5 Reasons to Move Off Grid #3 Independence
We have created a society where it is easy to get sucked into the system of co-dependence and almost impossible to live independent. If you are hurting financially ‘here is food stamps, here is money for rent, here is insurance, here is a phone’ but when you try to better your situation, instead of supporting you through the transition to independence, they punish you and take everything away immediately, thus many stay co-dependent.
We desire to be able to provide everything our family needs without help from the outside world. Don’t get me wrong, people need a community, we need each other, but what we don’t need is big brother handing us everything on a silver platter without working for it, earning it, or offering us a way to provide for ourselves.
Our Top 5 Reasons to Move Off Grid #4 Environmental
For far too long we have taken from this earth with no consideration of the consequences of our actions. We have been using our fresh water supply as a toilet and our land as a disposable resource. We live with the mindset if we destroy this earth we can just get a new one, everything is disposable and replaceable, that’s not so. You can be eco-friendly anywhere you live, but you can’t live off the land anywhere. Meaning, we have rules and restrictions about: solar, wind energy, hydro energy, rainwater collection, our recycling centers no longer collect glass, etc. Living off grid will allow us to reduce our carbon footprint on a larger scale than we can do in the city.
Our Top 5 Reasons to Move Off Grid #5 Freedom
Most of our lives we’ve lived within the confines of HOA rules, county restrictions, laws and bi-laws all telling us what we can and can not do. We can’t have livestock, we can’t have a clothes line, our trash can can’t be outside past a certain time, we can’t be too loud, have to have our mailbox a certain color- ENOUGH ALREADY! Living off grid allows us the freedom to live. Although we will never escape taxes and laws, we will be able to enjoy more freedom and live how we were intended to.