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Could you live off grid?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by border_walker, May 26, 2019.

  1. border_walker

    border_walker Lead commenter

  2. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    I couldn't . She must be tremendously resilient
  3. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    I think off grid is a valid choice, but off sewage system would have to controlled and limited by the government, there would be a serious public health implications if too many people chose to do it
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  4. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    It looks lovely though. I think I could, and would enjoy it maybe for a few months every year. Not sure about full time for ever
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  5. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    I could adjust but it'd be tough at first.

    But if everyone was forced into those circumstances... it'd lead to social disturbances and possibly civilisations collapse on a continent wide scale.
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  6. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    I expect we could all manage without electricity if we had to.

    No way would our society survive without sanitation though
  7. grumbleweed

    grumbleweed Lead commenter

    We did when we lived in Africa. It was a very labour intensive lifestyle, having to fetch water and taking laundry to the river to wash. Certainly made me appreciate what we take for granted. But could I do it now? Not with my arthritic hip, no.
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  8. bonxie

    bonxie Lead commenter

    A septic tank does the job for those of us that don't live in cities.
  9. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    Yes, we have one. Its still part of the system though
  10. bonxie

    bonxie Lead commenter

    Some people's are, some aren't.
  11. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    Living off grid? Where would you plug your guitar in? :confused:

    But to be more serious I don't think it would be possible for many people living in a high population density area to live off grid because of the need for sanitation, power supply and clean water. But it might be quite pleasant if you were living on a remote Scottish island with plenty of fuel for the fire (and you could always play one of those old fashioned guitars :D).
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  12. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    Surely the social disturbance etc would predate everyone being forced off grid?
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  13. Nellyfuf2

    Nellyfuf2 Senior commenter

    You can get composting toilets. And water fruit trees and composting heaps with urine. It's population density that would be the critical thing for living off grid.
    The drain contents have to go somewhere - it just gets processed away from your home, it doesn't cease to exist because we have sanitation.
    We used to live off grid for weeks at a time as kids. Our Guide leader knew how to set up a proper basic village with everything including latrine pits and an incinerator for things that really did need burning. It was like being in the army!
  14. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

  15. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    As long as you can get fresh water, empty the bog in a non-polluting way, and get a new gas cylinder or a gas refill every now and again it's possible to live long term in a camper van or caravan. A solar panel and a proper type of 12v leisure battery will meet most power needs for at least 10 months of the year. Longer term users wil boost the battery bank and the amount of solar input. You can heat washing water in sunnier climes using solar shower bags. We've managed for a month abroad on an 11Kg gas cylinder and no hooking up to the mains.

    For a building out in the wilds an earth closet toilet would be a simple solution, and a ready supply of wood for fuel. The main thing is fresh water.
  16. unfoggingblogger

    unfoggingblogger Occasional commenter

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  17. cassandramark2

    cassandramark2 Lead commenter

    I’ve recently watched ‘The 1900 Island’, a BBC series.
    The families involved didn’t want to return to the present.
  18. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    It could be argued that I’m half off grid anyway. There have been problems with he water supply for years (water companies’ responsibility ends much further away from the house than most people think). It looks like the problem is a leak next door, but it has meant that our supply has been very hit and miss for a long time.
  19. hhhh

    hhhh Lead commenter

    How could we check our Insta feed and post on here though?
  20. Bedlam3

    Bedlam3 Star commenter

    My aunt lived "off grid" all her life until she went into a care home at a ripe old age. We never thought of it as "off grid". It was just the way she had always lived. My uncle was a farmer and the cottage they lived in was never updated or had anything done to it by the landlord in all the time they lived there. It wasn't particularly remote. They had a generator and a well. She would boil the kettle by placing it in the fire and the fire would heat the cast iron oven next to it. Their bed was in the living room to keep warm. No one ever went upstairs which I don't think as used.
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