In the various discussions about off grid living I seldom see any discussion of the biggest problem, restrictions on your land use. It is no longer strictly a local manner and many have been severely impacted by state and federal regulations. Here in the live free or die state, a new lot will have acreage restrictions, driveway restrictions, right of way restrictions, well and septic regulations, heating and lighting restrictions, set backs from lot lines, water ways or wet lands, scenic views and historical districts restrictions, window, wall, roof, foundation, etc restrictions, zoning restrictions as to what businesses you can have on your property, may not have rights to the water under the land or be prohibited from having a septic system, have limits on solar and wind power and they have almost prohibited the use of water power. Some of this is written into your deed, restrictions and covenants, some is city, county, special districts, state and federal rules and regulations and while the punishments may be severe, they don't make it easy to find out what they want. I for example can sell my greenhouse produce at a farm stand or a farmers market, but if I wish to sell it to a super market, the required tests and inspections make it prohibitive on any scale I might actually produce.