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As you have probably noticed, the number of people choosing to live “off the grid” these days has been increasing at a rapid rate. Everyone has different reasons for why they choose to move off the grid and we came across something we thought would be a great share for you.
An island approximately one hour off of the coast of Vancouver is a great example of what it possible.
It’s called Lasqueti, and it sits between Vancouver and Vancouver Island. It has a population of about 400 people, and again, it’s completely off grid. It’s not connected to British Colombia’s hydro power infrastructure, and residents are responsible for using alternative methods of generating electricity, like solar power.
As a reader of our site here, you’re probably familiar with the concept of living off the grid, but it you aren’t 100% sure it means that you are totally independent, living without reliance on utility corporations or anything else.
“It does not mean living in the stone age, it’s not about bush craft. It’s about generating your own power, your own water, dealing with your own waste. Probably as part of a community, not living on your own like a hermit. It’s also about being more self-reliant and being less dependent on the system. Perhaps realizing that the system isn’t really protecting us anymore and we have to look after ourselves.” – George Noory From Coast To Coast Am
Here’s something that you should keep in mind…
When most people think about living “off the grid” it brings up the image of a stone-aged type lifestyle and not really enjoying life like you have become accustomed to. That is not the truth as you saw in the video above.
The beauty of how technology has been evolving is that we have the opportunity to have and use the items we currently do in our normal life, but do it independent of corporate influence.
There is an enormous potential for the entire human race to live completely “off the grid” and still keep their current lifestyle.
The biggest issue currently is generating power and we have some information on how you can do that if you’d like in the resources below.
The world’s largest private bank, UBS, is urging investors to join the clean, renewable energy movement. Analysts at the bank say that power plants in Europe might be extinct within the next 10 to 20 years.
“Most of the plants retiring in the future will not be replaced, large scale power plants could be on the path to extinction.”(source)
There are many ways we could go off grid and provide power to the entire planet. While we don’t have time to list them all in this article, we will share with you a few general ideas. (More info is available here on our blog if you’re really curious, we know many of you are)
We could populate the world’s deserts with solar panels and we could also use wind turbines, or vortex induced vibrations (ocean currents) or a combination of them all.
Here’s another quote that will get you asking “why haven’t we done this yet?”
“If we could harness 0.1 percent of the energy in the ocean, we could support the energy needs of 15 billion people. In the English Channel, for example, there is a very strong current, so you produce a lot of power.”– Michael Bernitsas, Professor of Naval Architecture at the University of Michigan
You can read more about the research that’s come from Professor Bernitsas here.
The point we’re sharing here is that there are many viable and affordable solutions. If we really wanted to, it would be possible and it has been proven to be possible like in the video above.
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Everyone wants to find a good deal on their dream home. You know the place, A place that you can call your own that has everything you want at a price you can afford?
That can’t possibly exist…right?
That’s where the Tiny House Movement comes in.
They make small, sustainable homes that offer all of the amenities of a regular home at a fraction of the cost.
Below we have some pictures of what these homes hold and believe me, they are pretty amazing.
These Houston-built homes prove that not everything is bigger in Texas. Sometimes smaller is better!
Could you see yourself living in one of these with a nice home grown garden and renewable energy to run it all?
These homes are available in 20 different colors.
They come in widths ranging from 14-24 feet. The cost is $200-320 per linear foot.
Photo sources: http://archedcabins.com/gallery.html%20
That price includes insulation, roofing, flooring and more!
Foundation costs are only an extra…get this…$3,000!
Construction costs of the cabin are included in the price.
Homes are built to last and all come with a 40-year warranty.
To learn more check out Arched Cabins!
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