Going Green Off the Grid
Being plugged into everyday society can be daunting for some. It is this trapped, unsustainable way of life that takes all good green intentions and throws them out the window. As each new generation emerges amidst the digital whirlwind technology that keeps expanding beyond our control (hello Apple’s 6 iPhone versions in five years) it is no wonder they take this planet for granted. Some people have decided to go at it alone and step off the polluted, toxic grid they were born into. Taking a conscientious step back to live off the land rather than live on the land can be an ever humbling experience offering a renewed sense of mind, body and spirit. Here are a few locations that are grid-free or close to it as reported by MSN and the Seattle Times.
Grid-Free is Eco-Friendly
There are a few different ways to step out of the blur of mainstream existence and into off the grid living. The best part is that once you go rogue, you significantly reduce your carbon footprint. Whether you live off the land burning wood for heating and cooking, growing your own food and using flame for light or you join a commune that shares housing, cars and even valuables, waste is reduced, energy is conserved and more is re-used.
Three Rivers Recreation Area (one hour north of Bend, Oregon)
This is actually a gated community nestled along Lake Billy Chinook that does not have any power lines stretched throughout. Instead, each home is self-sustained with solar panels, wind turbines, batteries and well water. A long time resident describes her experience, "You have no idea how bright the stars are," said Mary Johnson, 69, who bought property at Three Rivers in 1975. "No sirens, no trains. I would not live anywhere else."
Dancing Rabbit (near the northeastern Iowa border)
This is an eco-village of about seventy people that are made up of midwives, builders, massage therapists and more. April Morales, part of the Dancing Rabbit outreach program describes the goals of this unique community as to, "live ecologically sustainable and socially rewarding lives and to share the skills and ideas behind that lifestyle".
Greater World Community (near Taos, New Mexico)
This community prides themselves on living in ‘Earthship’ homes. These homes are made of recycled materials such as used tires, bottles, cans, scrap metal, reclaimed wood and natural mud plaster. Power comes from solar and wind and all water is caught from rain or snow.
Earthaven (Black Mt., N.C.)
An independent-income community, residents here join one of three pay-to-live tiers. By pooling together money and work hours they are able to sustain a successful off-the-grid living experience that is powered by solar and a local stream micro-hydro system.
Going green off the grid is a way of living that challenges modern lifestyle inasmuch that those who choose it do so with great responsibility. They not only help save our planet, they forego so many conveniences that have sucked the gumption out of generations before them.