Some people may not know what off-the-grid or off-grid means, so here it is --- The term off-the-grid or off-grid refers to living in a self-sufficient manner without reliance on one or more public utilities.

Off-grid living is no longer a one room log cabin in the woods. It's energy independency. You don't have to rely on utility companies, you create your own power. Today, there are more than 180,000 off-grid homes in the US.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

An Off-Grid Wilderness Mountain Community…

40 degrees outside - 3:20 pm - overcast, slight drizzle, ground is still covered in snow...

Looking out the windows of our home, you see an amazing view of mountains and valleys.  The only man made structures in sight are two radio towers way off in the distance.  We have 22 secluded acres in the wilderness, on a mountain, yet we still live in a small off-grid community.

A twisty gravel road hugging the mountainside leads you through the evergreen forest up to the top of a mountain ridge where the main driveway turns into a roughed-in runway.  Off the runway are a few breaks in the trees where four private driveways lead to homes or build sites.  The runway turns back into a driveway twisting further up the mountain ridge to four more private driveways. 

We have some wonderful neighbors who are all within walking distance.  One family already has a home completed and three more families (including us) are in various stages of building.  Once the last few lots sell, there will be a total of eight families in our little off-grid community.  It is very refreshing to live in a community where you share a common interest, similar values and everyone helps each other out.

We have chosen to live off-grid, that doesn’t mean we have chosen to live in total isolation. 

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