Pros And Cons Of Off The Grid Living
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Pros And Cons Of Off The Grid Living

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Leah Freeman-Haskin
Leah Freeman-Haskin Jun 22, 2020

Now more than ever, off the grid living sounds like an enticing, alternative living option. It means spending more time outdoors and creating a fully sustainable way of life. By transitioning to off-grid living, you put less strain on the environment, learn how to become entirely self-reliant, and experience the many mental and physical healing properties that Mother Nature has to offer.

If you are looking to slow things down and return to a simpler way of life, be sure to weigh all the pros and cons before taking the plunge into autonomous living. Here are a few things to consider.

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1. Self-Sustaining Lifestyle

For many, this is the number one reason to choose the off-grid lifestyle. Capturing rainwater, growing your own food, and powering your home with solar energy are just a few of the perks to having a fully self-sustaining lifestyle. People find great satisfaction and inner peace in living in a self-powered home where you have control over your own energy cycle and the cost of living.

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2. Long-Term Money Saving

Although the initial costs of installing a self-sustaining energy source in the form of solar and batteries may seem pricey, your ongoing costs will be minimal, and you’ll never receive another bill from your energy retailer. Land prices are also often cheaper for an off-grid living since they are usually found in rural areas.

3. Environmentally Friendly

Living off-grid lets you decide how you generate your energy and dispose of your waste. According to offgridenergy.com, “an off-grid solar system can run your entire home on clean energy while also making better use of your power. Many grid-connected households are wasteful with electricity, but a standalone system encourages you to place greater value on electricity – and make the best use of your own generation”.

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4. Upfront Costs

Getting started can be pricey. Purchasing and installing off-grid systems like PV arrays and water treatment equipment can be expensive. Although in the long-run you will save money, be prepared for soaring upfront costs to get your off-grid lifestyle setup.

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5. Labor Intensive

The upkeep of your home and land can feel like a full-time job. From gardening, composting, and daily maintenance, you will find yourself constantly busy with home projects. If you are not the DIY type, off-grid living may not be the best option.