I visit other off-Grid websites and forums...
I have a PhD but yet I am dumbfounded by the world thinking that "Living Off-The-Grid" requires becoming a hippy or to shun modern advancements... I thought that was a religious concept.
Correct me if I am wrong... Living Off the Grid is using technology in combination with the powerful forces of nature around us. To use the inventions of human thought, discovery, invention, and advancement of technologies to eliminate the use if fossil fuels, and government control (heavily influenced by oil companies) to live in harmony with nature, and use the abundant and powerful forces she throws at this big blue marble (earth) we call home.
In no way does "Living Off Grid" mean we should reject human advancement. We should celebrate our advances and have our own power stations in our homes, means to gather water, cook, and clean within the area we call home, without all the oil company influence, and become self sufficient !!!
If rejecting electricity, and modern technology is your "Thing"... please do not say you want an "off Grid" lifestyle.... You want a "technology Free" lifestyle, and move backwards... not forwards !!!
There is no crime in enjoying 60 inch big screen TV's, Satellite TV/Internet, Electrical gadgets and appliances, as long as you are making the power from what nature gives us... we only meet to use the technology we have earned by using our brains !!!!
I am Off-The-Grid because technology provides me the chance to do everything for myself... I am free, and without the controls of so many that want to simply take my money. I will no long be a sheep waiting to be butchered for their means to earn abundant profits !