John Bowron's Off-Grid Cottage
Scott Huler, author of On the Grid, makes a very important point in a guest post on The Infrastructurist : Nobody is really off the grid. Well, maybe the Amish, but almost nobody. Everyone else is part of an enormous mesh of grids that every back-to-the-land off-gridder is dependent on.
I'm not against sustainability - I'm for anything that saves resources, improves systems, and may save our planet before we fry it in its own petroleum-based oils. But driving your grid-produced pickup to get your grid-produced lumber at a big box store, driving on grid-paved highways to your mountain acres whose streams are protected by multiple layers of grid-powered government, and then using your grid-supplied plans to build a windmill to power your grid-produced computer as it gathers its information from grid-produced satellites? And then pointing at your windmill and your satellite dish and your septic tank and saying, "Look at me! I'm off the grid!"
A very good point. Read it all at the Infrastructurist.
More on So-Called Off Grid Living
Is Living Off the Grid Right For You?
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Field Lab: A Modern Off-Grid Tiny House