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    Britchick
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    Recently I read of a person living off the grid.She had,apparently,no water,electricity or gas.At that point I thought she must be a hardy soul.Then I read,she had a bore hole,a generator and bottled gas.She she did actually have all three.I presume living off the grid means the national grid,so no mains electricity etc.What’s your take on this?

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    We have a friend who lives off grid…rather a hardy soul!

     

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    Hannah Hauxwell (1 August 1926 – 30 January 2018) was an English farmer who lived alone in the High Pennines. Her luxury was a well!

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    I think a lot of people have their own water supply and use bottled gas. Having your own generator powerful enough to run all your household needs however would be quite a big investment and with the price of fuel now I doubt would be cost effective.

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    Hi, we used to live on a narrowboat in England, and for e few years lived on moorings with no facilities.  We generated our own electricity, used solid fuel for heating, and gas for cooking and the fridge. We had all the home fomforts of a house, but we did have to modify our lifestyle a bit. We had a diesel generator, which charged 3 ‘caravan’ batteries. We had a normal washer and vacuum cleaner, but could only use these when the generator was on, so we had to be very well organised. Water we got from a tap about 1km away, along the canal. In good weather we could take the boat to the tap, but at other times we had to carry it in 10 gallon drums on a sack trolley. A well would have been wonderful!

    I think living off grid in a house is certainly feasible, but if you already have the mains services available it would not be cost effective. However if you would have to pay for the mains supplies to be connected, especially somewhere in the countryside, living off the grid is certainly feasible, so long as you are reasonably fit and healthy.  That was the trade off we made – the extra hassle of providing the basic services ourselves, against the privilege of living in a beautiful location.

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    This has been discussed  here on and off for over two years………

    Going Off Grid

    Koat seems to be living proof it can be done !   :good:

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    we’re still off-grid and, now that we’ve been living here full-time for four years in march, I can say that it’s definitely a cheaper option as long as you’re prepared to do some research about a pv system and not go overboard for electrical gadgets. we run a small gîte attached to the cottage which is also off-grid and have had no complaints, some don’t even realise they’re off-grid. apart from water, taxes and wifi we’re bill free  :rose:

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    Wow, grid free sounds great. Sounds ‘hippy’ to me, if you know what I mean, but I think that way of life is just great

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    P.s., where do I get those pics from, the cartoon characters that smile, laugh etc??

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    thanks pumpkin, if you look to the bottom of the writing space they’re all lined up  :yes: so just click on one  :rose:

     

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    Thanks  :good:

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    Welcome Pumpkin :rose:

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    I’ve just completed our generator installation, meaning that after the last two and half day power cut with no lights, tv, internet, phone or water heating, which all in all wasn’t much fun, I vowed that if necessary we should be able to be self-sufficient in electricity for a few days while ERDF get their act together.

    So what with bottled gas for cooking, wood stoves for heating, one of which has an oven, we are prepared!

    By generator installation, I mean a facility to plug the generator lead into the house supply safely by being able to switch from mains to generator supply without any possibility of cross- connection between the two.

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    Just trying an emoji for the first time :yahoo:

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    Yippeeeeee it worked – now I can play all day and night- yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee :bye:

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    :yahoo: :good: me too commandomum.

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    :heart:   :heart: I remember the hurricane …we had no electricity for two weeks…candles were lovely for a couple of days!

    we cooked on the woodburner…now that I could have carried on…🍳

     

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    Cook on top of the wood burner most days when it is lit, M. Love it.

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    Hi and welcome Pumpkin- every time I tried an emoji before, it never showed the little person only a written description- I didnt bother after that as didnt realise I had to wait til after the submission went thru before I saw the emoji!

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