This is very often a real debate here! For myself I like going very basic and bordering on primitive. My wife on the other hand wants a higher level of technology and dependence on outside things. This has lead to some very intense debates over the years. Whether is be spending $15,000 to have a power line or $32,000 to have a city/rural water line ran down to our place. I obviously lost those debates My little 600 watt solar, 900watt wind turbine, generator, jump the truck to the battery bank in a pinch electric system met my needs. And fuel for the generator cost considerably less than the 15K run the line and now $250-$350 monthly electric bill. Water came from a 150 year old shallow well that never runs dry and has great water quality and a roof top collection system that fills a 2500 gallon cistern and I used 125GPM 12v pumps to move the water. She did not like the idea of drinking water from a hole in the ground or that ran off of barn roofs. It does not taste right was her chant for 3 years until I caved. For hot water I simply put a 28 gallon pot on the wood stove and dumped the hot water into the cold water in the tub, or a smaller pot for doing dishes. Also did all of my cooking in a old kitchen wood stove/oven or on the living room wood stove. It did not take long after getting married to learn that wood stoves and cast iron cookware are Barbaric. Now we have a 240V power sucking monstrosity that I cringe at using. I did not even own a TV had gone since 1985 without a TV. I admit I do enjoy the computer but still spend more time with my radio. Just can't generate any interest in the TV or more exactly the constant bombardment of filth that comes out of the idiot box in the SE corner of the living room. I imagine most folks have these same debates to one degree or another. Either in starting a more basic living or bringing a new spouse into the equation. I admit things like the grid electric make things easier and instead of 1 deep freeze I can now power as many freezers and walk in coolers as I want (For a price of course). I could just pull a hydrant handle to water the livestock, instead of going to the well or cistern and clamping the pump onto the battery. I have found though the cattle won't touch the treated water until it has sat for 5-7 hours. They walk over sniff the trough, snort and walk away. I suspect it is the chlorine and other chemicals they are smelling in the water and they just wait for them to evaporate out before they will drink the treated water. The well water they don't hesitate to start sucking down. The Garden plants grow better, greener, bigger, and faster with the well water, but of course I am not poisoning them with chlorine and all the other goodies in **Safe** water. I must admit that prior to my second marriage, life was simple, my only consistent bills were for internet and the property taxes. On the other hand there is something to be said for companionship and occasionally a helping hand with some jobs. The cost of that just happens to be grid electric, water and that damn TV and Cell phones..... Something else I don't have a use in the world for So how advanced or primitive are you willing to go to make a spouse happy? How advanced or primitive do you require to be comfortable personally?