Living off the grid is a trend that has caught traction within the last few decades as individuals and families have sought to live a self-sustaining, environment-friendly, and independent lifestyle. Many feel trapped and unhappy in their urban or suburban residences, caught in the monotony of a 9-to-5 job and a consumer culture that encourages excess and waste, and the prospect of a lifestyle that is the complete opposite of this materialistic existence looks all too appealing.
Off-grid living, in its most basic definition, means living in a residence close to nature, independent of the traditional utility companies that provide services such as water, electricity, gas, or sewage. For people who are changing to off-the-grid living, however, it is more than just about cutting ties with the utility companies. It is about adopting a lifestyle that is simpler and more meaningful.
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