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What does living off the grid mean? Well the term grid refers to the main utilities such as water, electricity and gas. Most people live on the grid meaning that they depend on these main utilities to survive. An off-gridder is a person who goes off-grid and a plug puller is someone who cuts themselves completely off from the grid.

Why would somebody want to unplug themselves from main utilities anyway? Well there are a number of reasons why you would want to go in this direction.Going off grid also means that you will be helping to reduce the effects of global warming.

On this page we will be talking about the different ways offered to you of living off grid, just knowing a little about what type of renewable energy sources are out there, the costs involved cause it ain't cheap! You got to think long term here.

First of all, your probably tired of giving your money away to the utility companies. It would be a great feeling to know that you could run your house on renewable energy sources like solar power, wind turbine and hydro.

If you do not want to go off the grid completely, you may also choose to be partially off the grid by supplying your own electricity and ditching your phone line, while relying on the convenience of city water and sewage.

Others choose living off grid completely by digging wells or using rainwater cisterns or a rain barrel. The sewage gets taken care of by installing a septic tank and voila! No more water bills either.

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If you are going to use a water barrel, you will definitively need to be equipped with a manual water pump or some kind of other pump. to pump the water out of your water barrel when it rains to much, unless you have several rain barrels lined up.

manual water pumps are great when you don't have any form of power wheather it be batteries or electricity.The purpose here is to be completely independant

Solar And Wind Energy

The main energy source and most used is electricity, so before you pull the plug on your main utilities, you have to get rid of it by replacing it with a renewable energy source such as a wind turbine also known as a wind mill and using solar energy.

Using a renewable energy source doesn't mean you will miss out on your're present life style, it just means, you will be producing your own energy and stop depending on the main utilities or at least going partial.

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