Living off grid will give you a sense of independence and freedom that you are not likely to get any other way. Knowing that you are providing your own electricity, fresh vegetables, and other things will give you a sense of security that most people in our society will never know.
There are many people that would like to get off grid but just do not know how or where to start. The simple answer to this dilemma is just to start. It is not likely to happen overnight. It is something most have to do a little bit at a time. It will also probably require you to change or alter some of the habits you have acquired, like being aware of how much electricity you use, using a broom instead of a vacuum cleaner, or your oven instead of your microwave. If your reasons for wanting to go off grid are serious enough, these are minor sacrifices for the benefits you will receive.
Depending on how serious you are about it and just how far you are willing to go, you may want to have your own vegetable garden, your own well for water, heat your house with wood, or many other things you can do for yourself. The thing here is that you can do these things for yourself and provide better quality for less money with a little effort. It does take some money and work to get set up but once you are set up, it takes very little effort to maintain yourself. Getting set up is largely a one time expense. How many times have you paid your electric bill only to pay it again the next month? How many months of your electric bill would it take to pay for your first start-up solar system?
Self reliance is the key to being off grid. If I get too lazy to get my firewood in for the winter or plant my garden, I am going to get cold and hungry. Independence and freedom come with the responsibility to take care of yourself and not rely upon someone else to do it for you. This is something that much of society has lost and with it their pride, dignity, and self respect. Too few people in the world today know the satisfaction of eating a vine ripened tomato that they grew themselves, or live in a house that they built with their own hands. Our social welfare systems, while meaning well, have created several generations of people that expect a certain standard of living just because they exist and without any effort on their part.
When you see a person, man or woman, that lives an offgrid lifestyle, you will find a person that is not afraid to voice their opinion because they have the confidence that comes from self reliance. While it is difficult, if not impossible, to be completely self reliant and still live a modern lifestyle, every little bit that you can do for yourself reduces your reliance on others and contributes to that confidence. They have the confidence to face a situation head-on and do what needs to be done. This is what I refer to as an “Off Grid Attitude”.