Have you ever dreamt of living a simpler lifestyle? Would you like to eat home-grown vegetables, own fewer things, or even produce your own energy? If so, you’re in good company. More and more people around the world are getting back to basics and living ‘off-the-grid’.
b ... Living off-the-grid means, literally, to disconnect your house from the electric power lines that pollute the environment.
Instead, people living off-the-grid use cleaner energy sources, such as solar and wind power.
However, living off-the-grid involves much more. First of all, it means living closer to nature, where you can grow your own food. Also, people who live off-the-grid spend
less money, so they live in smaller homes and own fewer possessions. Most of these people don’t drive cars.
c ... In the United States, approximately 300,000 people are currently living off-the-grid, and they chose this unconventional lifestyle for a variety of reasons. Many people say they are tired of living in a materialistic society and prefer to get back in touch with nature.
Many don’t trust the government and prefer to be more independent. For others, however, it is an economic necessity. Often, they have lost their jobs and their houses, so they need to live somewhere cheaper. One thing these people have in common is that they want something better for themselves and their children.
- d ... Getting back to the simple life has many advantages, but it’s not so easy. For example, when the electricity goes out, either you fix
- it yourself or live without it. Life off-the-grid also requires many different skills.
- For instance, you need to operate solar panels for electricity, get water from wells, and farm the land for food. That’s why many people decide to share resources and form off-the-grid communities. In this way, they can take advantage of each other’s land and abilities. For example, one person can raise animals, another person can grow fruit and vegetables, and someone else controls the water and energy.
e ... Philosophers throughout history have written about the benefits of simple living. Over 250 years ago, the French writer Voltaire said that we should all ́cultivate our garden ́ if we want to be happy. More and more people today agree with him.