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Discussion in 'Personal' started by border_walker, May 26, 2019.
I couldn't . She must be tremendously resilient
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
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
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.
I expect we could all manage without electricity if we had to.
No way would our society survive without sanitation though
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.
A septic tank does the job for those of us that don't live in cities.
Yes, we have one. Its still part of the system though
Some people's are, some aren't.
Living off grid? Where would you plug your guitar in?
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 ).
Surely the social disturbance etc would predate everyone being forced off grid?
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!
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.
I'm too lazy and City slicky these days for that ****.
I’ve recently watched ‘The 1900 Island’, a BBC series.
The families involved didn’t want to return to the present.
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.
How could we check our Insta feed and post on here though?
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.