Living off the grid was once considered a fringe movement reserved for solitarians and individuals preparing for the apocalypse, but it has begun receiving a lot more attention and interest from the general population over the last several years. As the cost of living continues to rise, political upheaval and social unrest become increasingly common, and the threat of new viruses grows more and more every day, many people are looking for an out- a way to get away from it all-and off-grid living is becoming increasingly attractive. One man is showing just how easy- and cheap- off-grid living can be, by teaching people how to build their own shipping container home.
What is Off-Grid Living?
The term “off the grid”, at its most basic, simply means disconnecting from your municipal power grid, however for many people the definition goes far beyond this baseline idea.
For most people, living off the grid means living sustainably and producing more resources than they consume. It means generating your own electricity and growing your own food. For others, it is a mode of survival and allows them to protect their family in the case of an emergency situation.
For the most extreme off-gridders, it is a political statement. A complete divorce from the systems that they deem to be oppressive. This form of primitive living becomes more of a statement of freedom and independence over anything else .
There are many different forms that off-grid living can take, depending on the preferences of the individual, and although many of us immediately conjure up images of pioneers, today’s off-grid homes can be quite advanced.
Build Your Own Shipping Container Home
Eric Whichman is the founder of offgridliving.net, who has designed a greenhouse home that can have you living your off-grid dream life for a mere 25 thousand dollars. The design, which uses two used shipping containers stacked one on top of the other, provides shelter, food, and water- the three basic criteria for an off-grid home.