Wednesday, May 18, 2011

"The Unintentional Off Grid Lifestyle" Part One

Throughout my time doing research about urban farming, raising animals, living the off grid lifestyle and whatnot, I came to a realization, I already do those things! I already don't use central air and heating, I don't use a car unless I have to go to the store to get chicken feed, nor do I eat processed foods, and what is it I see in the corner of a picture on one of those nay saying off grid blogs? Nutter butters, yes nutter butters, not even I eat nutter butters. I've looked in every single off grid blog and I can't help but wonder if they intentionally got to that point in their lives? Or did their air conditioner break down five years ago and spew fire out of that so very expensive part called the condenser like ours did. Then I see them wringing the water out of their newly washed clothes into buckets, I stress thinking, will that be me in a few months? Oh wait that already is. It might seem like I'm venting but actually I'm just trying to say if a cityiot like me can do it, you can do it too. Trust me, it seems impossible but it is in fact possible. Now if you want to do it is the question, some prefer to stay with their energy star appliances, and live an normal life. While others prefer to go all the way, like we did. This is just the begging of my series of what I will call , "The Unintentional Off Grid Lifestyle," since of course I did not get to this point on purpose. In the next coming articles I plan on giving you innovative ideas on how to save money, as well as keeping your image among your family when it comes to off grid living. You can take my ideas, you can apply them to daily life, or you can just point a laugh, all are fine with me, but whichever you choose, know this, it's an actual lifestyle that requires work, commitment, time and a sense of humor, as well as a washboard.

                                               Welcome to your new washer.

1 comment:

  1. Isn't that a great feeling?! I love to read an article that lists different things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint and become more eco-friendly and sustainable: recycle everything you can (check!), start a compost pile (check!), start a garden, if you can (check!), keep your own chickens (check!), start a rain barrel for collecting water (check!). It may have been unintentional, but living this way feels great and I truly feel like I am being part of the solution, at least in my little world.