Back in 1845, writer Henry David Thoreau, who sought to simplify his life, spent two years living in a cabin that he built in the woods near Walden Pond in Massachusetts, where he relied on firewood for fuel and cultivated potatoes, corn, peas, beans and turnips, supplementing his diet with fish and other critters.
Since then people have always considered this type of simpler life. Living off the grid. Many consider "Shut off my mobile phone, sell my car, move to a cabin in the woods and live off the land." as an option to the daily commotion of city life and modern day stupidity.
This life choice requires the pioneering spirit and sturdy self-reliance — these things which define the American character.
If you don't spend a lot of money on a larger scale alternative power source such as solar panel arrays or larger wind turbines, you will be at a disadvantage.
Small scale is possible but you need to adjust and make compromises. For example with a solar panel array that only provides enough electricity to power two laptops and a couple of lights and a radio, you may find it necessary to do without a washing machine, microwave oven and coffee maker, and even hot water becomes an unattainable luxury.
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You may need to turn on a small generator every other day to pump lake water into a couple of 55-gallon barrels on the roof that served your family’s needs. And getting a drink or washing dishes may mean boiling the water for three minutes and allowing it to cool.
Electricity isn’t necessarily crucial for survival, but nobody can last very long without clean water for drinking, bathing, and washing dishes and pots and pans. If you lived on a lake or pond or near a flowing stream you can use a pump to obtain water, and collecting rainwater in barrels is also an option.
But after that, the water needs to be cleansed of particles and potentially dangerous pathogens before it can be used. Boiling water is an option, but a ceramic filter containing colloidal silver — an inexpensive option often used in the developing world — can remove most bacteria without expending any energy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
At the end of the day this will remain as a pipe dream for most of us. The question is this: do you have the pioneering spirit and sturdy self-reliance — those things which define the American character, to do this? If you do not want to commit to the wholesale lifestyle suggested by Thoreau, maybe this final piece of inspiration would work for you.
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."
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