Here are just some thoughts about going off grid and rural. A lot of you think this is an easy thing to do , while a lot of you also think it is just expensive. In the respect of expensive, it doesn't have to be, and easy, not really Solar or off grid living is more about you learning to live within your solar, more then the solar living with you. You have to learn to live without many things that the rest of the country take for granted. Elec. heaters , stoves, ranges, water heaters, air conditioning etc are just a few of the things you will need to leave behind. It takes time to do this, but after awhile it sort of just comes to you On the other hand, it always gives me a lot of satification to know that I have been doing this for so long. Once you have made the jump, now begins the long learning curve. And you will either learn it or move back to the city. You learn to shop amps rather then colors. Everything you use that requires electricity becomes an enemy if not used or chosen well. Including showers. You need to take them in the afternoon if possible to avoid draining batteries. There are a lot of things that are required to learn to sustain this type of lifestyle, however, when the shtf, you will be 100% better off then anyone living on the grid or in cities. Your thoughts ?