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Dropping out of the grid to live a simple life – being wholly responsible for oneself – appeals to the pioneer spirit in many people. Men and women have left the noise and stress of a modern urban existence to seek the romanticized peace and beauty of raw nature, sometimes with a tragic result.


Proponents of dropping out claim a variety of advantages for those who successfully make the transition.

Disconnecting from the grid is neither easy nor cheap unless you are prepared to give up some or all of the conveniences of modern life, including light, heat, and instant communications. While reducing electricity consumption is relatively easy with the availability of solar panels and windmills, securing potable water and disposing of human waste is just as important and more complicated.

The term “living off the grid” appeared in the mid-1990s and is credited to environmentalist Nick Rosen, founder of Some define off-grid as being independent of electrical utilities and having a smaller carbon footprint (“going green”). Some claim it to be a self-imposed exile from the modern world and its conveniences (“dropping out”), while others define it as being anonymous (“being untraceable”). Andrew McKay, a journalist with Survival Mastery, calls it “living without any dependence on the government, society, and its products.






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