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 Posted: Fri Feb 23rd, 2018 01:29 pm
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I learned a lot about living off grid when I had my Trimaran Sailboat. I used golf cart batteries with an inverter for my 110v. The batteries were charged with a combination of Wind, Solar and a small gasoline generator as backup. Lights and fans ran on 12v.  The A/C ran off of either the inverter or directly off of the generator. I had an RO system that made fresh water from sea water. Refrigerator/Freezer ran on Propane as did the range.


Living off grid was Cool. My problem with living out on the water was....If you wanted/needed something you couldn't just jump in the car and go to the market.

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I also lived off the grid on a boat. I saw a Doc on TV not too long ago about living off the grid, and they made this statement. " When you live off the grid, you know where every amp, gal water, gal gas, and where your waste came from or went. You do not take anything for granted." I have to agree.
Now that I think about it, it is kind of like living in Mexico. HaHaHa

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We have lived "off grid" for 25 years in Plays El Colorado. about 35 miles north of San Carlos..Everything except the batteries has become much cheaper..LED lighting is a big help and obtaining a simple, reliable gas refrigerator is a key factor...Obtaining fresh water is always a challenge as we must haul our own..

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A friend of mine hauled water for many years also. He had an old military surplus 500 gal water trailer that made it a lot easer.

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What does off the grid really mean?  If you use solar, geothermal or wood for energy sources you are off the grid.  I lived remote, no electricity, no city water, had a propane electric generator, had a gas refrigerator, stove, water heater, space heating, was I off the grid, no, my energy came in a truck, that is not off the grid, you buy a gallon of gasoline to run your generator, you are not off the grid, energy comes in pipes, wires, trucks.

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For me off Grid means not connected to municipal utilities.
What You are referring to is Primitive living.

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