I’m one of those people who eventually want to go “off-grid”, but the concept of off-grid living carries with it a wide variety of applications. Sometimes this means living in a state-of-the-art underground nuclear bunker surrounded by 30+ years of food stores. Other times this means living in a tiny house on your relative’s plot of land living a very minimalist lifestyle while others conjure up an image of an Alaskan Homestead. A study at Environmental Health Perspectives even suggests that living in a green and natural environment is linked to living longer.
Sustainable living has an entire page in Wikipedia that is summed up with the following.
Sustainable living is a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual’s or society’s use of the Earth’s natural resources and personal resources. Practitioners of sustainable living often attempt to reduce their carbon footprint by altering methods of transportation, energy consumption, and diet.
Off-grid living also has one
The term off-the-grid (OTG) can refer to living in a self-sufficient manner without reliance on one or more public utilities.
A combination of these two aspects is what our ideal situation can be described as – we tend to think of it as homesteading in modern times. For us, off-grid living is something else entirely – that ancient tradition of homesteading combined with modern efficiencies. Our ideal off-grid living situation is a modest, well-constructed metal and stone home on a solid 80 acres of land surrounded by our animals, gardens, orchards, timber, and friendly but distant neighbors. It means having the funds to adequately provide for our homestead both in investment activity and online income. There will be a lot of work in pursuing this goal, but I’m confident that the Financial Independence blogging community will help keep our feet to the fire as we work to pursue our off-grid living scenario.
But enough about us – what is your ideal off-grid living situation? Share with us in the comments!