I just read thread. I ran across a reply by a member that I felt needs it own topic. Thanks to @marlas1too for the reply that awakened my inner off-grid voice. I have two places where I live, here in Cambodia. I have an apartment in the city that is definitely grid-tied. (A $222 electric bill this month, at 1,500r ($.375¢ US) / kWh, proved that to me, once again.) The other is my g/f's farm, located 30 kilometers from the city, which wouldn't cost me $200 USD in any given month, total, for housing expenses.) Until recently, they didn't have mains run down the road at the farm. So, things are changing there, which is okay. But, we will not be dependent on it as our primary source of power, without having other sources immediately available to us. We will continue to run solar and rainwater harvesting, as some of you already know from my previous threads. We will connect mains power to one house, though, solely to have a backup source for power. The nice part is, it simply will not matter if the grid fails there. I like knowing that. Now, although I have only been able to appreciate what her farm offers for a few years, I have grown to be much happier there than I am here in the city. MUCH happier. Hence my reasons for doing everything I am now, in order to relocate there full time. Out there, I can lay in my hammock all day, or sleep in it all night for that matter. There, we don't have the constant buzz of city life around us. We have peace and harmony. We don't have nights filled with street lights and noise. We can hear the sounds of crickets and frogs. We can look to the heavens filled with the brightness of the moon and stars. I reckon folks who live off-grid, on their own land away from the hustle and bustle of city life, probably live longer, healthier lives. I'm gonna find out. So, my personal answer to this topic question is, I am happy to live a pretty basic, simple life. I'm not Amish off-grid here, though. But, using alternative energy and nature to supply what we need to live there, is all we need. The funny part of this is, prior to me walking into the picture, she and her family lived there with no power and no proper rainwater collection system - for many years. Just whatever rains fell from the sky and filled their buckets and jars (1,200 liter jars made from concrete), was all they needed. That's a bit too close to the Amish way, than I would personally like to go. So, how basic will you / can you go, living off-grid?