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Off Grid Self Sustaining Lifestyle Documentary with Les Stroud

By: Everett S
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Les Stroud, probably best known for his Survivorman series, talks about living off the grid and chasing the dream of a self sustaining lifestyle in his documentary (Watch it below) Off The Grid. You can buy it online for $25 from his website here, where it is described as:

“In this poignant and personal documentary Les Stroud and Sue Jamison, along with their two young children, share their experience leaving a world of electricity bills and water problems and going ‘off the grid’ as they move to their acreage in Northern Ontario – escaping the clutches of government controlled electricity and water.”

Les Stroud’s Off The Grid Documentary…

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Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7

Man-o-man, do I know how he feels. Who can’t identify with that overwhelming pull to live ‘The Good Life’? If you couldn’t, I bet you wouldn’t be reading this blog. What I respect most about Les and Sue Stroud is that they are honest with themselves about the need to balance sustainable, rural living with modern technology and some of the basic comforts that make life a little easier. I also respect the way Les advocates – like I do – that people embrace the “right” technology to HELP them live a life less addicted to technology in general, as is implied when he says “Into the new progress“. After all, if pioneer homesteaders could do it over 200 years ago, it gives me hope that a self-sustaining lifestyle is achievable for me and my family in a time when we have solar power for our electricity, an internet connect for supplemental income and communication, and all of the wonderful technology that has been developed over the last century, including tractors, super-efficient wood burning stoves, refrigerators, microwaves, freezers, televisions, chain saws… The point I’m trying to make, and one which I was happy to see made in the Off Grid documentary by the Strouds, is that technology isn’t always a bad thing. It can, in fact, help us achieve sustainability on a single-family homestead. Moving forward in the RIGHT direction is better than moving backwards, in my humble opinion.

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  1. [...] achieving this, there’s also a Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7. Thanks to livingoffgrid.org for posting [...]

  2. Rogier Noort says:

    This is very good stuff. Going off the gird wiht Les Stroud. A very honest and straight docu. No bling bling here. The way it ought to be. The man is an inspiration to me, and should be one to all.

  3. Mat Redsell says:

    I have been off grid for about one year now…I press oil from sunflower seeds for my basic energy. There is such a lot to learn and I feel that there is really no hope for most people. Perhaps I have chosen a too complicated system but it does work….. but I worry about breakdowns with the machines and replacing them. Passive systems with lots of insulation are an answer as is working in a community. -mat

  4. trapper Mark says:

    thanks for the video. I seen this on TV.Will Les put a update on TV ? The question is what will the kids do down the road.I have seen alot of kids who are bitter later in life and crave the city life very unprepared.It is hrd to know what the balance is…any thoughts ?

  5. [...] Watch the documentary in seven parts here. [...]

  6. Norman Boles says:

    I really enjoyed your OFF Grid Show its the only program worth watching all week. With the depression and economic chaos ahead your idea to move to the bush is really smart. Can you explore methods of off grid clothes washing and drying because that seems to be the biggest challenge for comfortable off grid life with spending huge sums on Propane powered appliances. One of the biggest limitation to life up north is growing your vegetables in the winter maybe you can explore green houses for the bush that can handle the cold temps. Your the Ginny Pig for the rest of us Thanks

  7. erick shelley says:

    Dear Les, Sue and family
    Thank you for the great documentary. My wife and I met 13 years ago at a historical reenactment in northern minnesota. I have had alot of military training in the marine corp on survival, I watch your shows religously and it takes me back with fond memories.. We have always dreamed of doing what you and your family are doing. thank you for all your passion and dedication to make this world a better place.

    Erick, Marni, and Thorin

  8. This is beautiful! This is my dream too. Thank you for sharing this.

  9. Vicky Gordon says:

    I loved this documentary because you have the courage to make a difference in the experiential life of your children. Most people are too afraid, not of the elements, but of the independent thinking required by self-sufficiency. Parents benefit and enrich their children’s strength of character when they encourage them to remove themselves from the social grid enough to forge ahead on a unique path.
    In addition, living away from modern conveniences provides the silences needed for growth of mind and soul which eventually result in innovative and constructive ideas such as those which powered pioneers on the frontier. Basic living is the natural milieu for man, out of which come mechanical innovation and natural harmony and which create a beauty and a music modern man has forsaken and no longer allows himself to reach. Bravo! If I were raising my family again, I would love to do what you are.

  10. seth poynter says:

    This is great stuff, what an inspiration!!!

  11. ed thorell says:

    Dear Less and Family.
    Welcome to the “off grid lifestyle”. It is not for the meek. I have been off-grid since 1995 and I think you are off to a good start. I used the composting toilet for about 8 years but never got the hang of turning the waste into useable mulch. I had to haul it out in a bucket, after putting down a plastic carpet runner to protect the floor. Spills are just not an option. Now I have a septic tank and flush toilet. I spent a year or so planning before taking the plunge with a 12 volt system and a couple of year ago upgraded to 48 volts. Like you, I started with Trace inverters but now use Outback. For refrigeration I went with a Sunfrost 12 volt RF-16 which runs off two golf cart batteries costing about 1/3 of the Surrette batteries you purchased (Golf cart batteries have about half the life span but cost 1/3 as much). For your battery connections I suggest the shortest lengths of cable possible, say 4 to 5 inches between terminals to maximize performance and reduce line loss. I had a bad experience with propane refrigerators and found the low-voltage Sunfrost to be much better. Wind energy is good, but sometime it is better to mount it away from the house rather than to it, because in high winds the harmonic produced by the wind generator can be felt in the house. My well is solar powered also, but because of our drought in southern California, I have to have it hauled in. One good way to capture the rain is by installing roof gutters leading to large water tanks near the structures corners.(on my list to do now). Great books are available at realgoods.com and I recommend Michael Pott’s books as a great place to start for the basics and afordablesolar.com is one of our best sources for the hardware. For the kids and family I highly recommend satellite TV, so that you don’t miss a single episode of Survivorman. Next time you are in so-cal , drop me a line and I will give you a tour of the place and show you around the neighborhood so you can meet and check out the neighborhood which has four other home running off the grid. Good luck and thanks for making such a great series for those interested in a sustainable lifestyle.
    Got to go. I’m burning daylight.
    Cheers,
    Ed

  12. Please send me a way to order the dvd’s off the grid with Les Stroud. ordering through mail. Thank you William Sweet 6210 Log Cabin Place Lenoir NC 28645

  13. Tuberg says:

    You guys are nuts. Living in city is environmentally much more viable. Just imagine one million people doing what you’ve done, it would ruin HUGE areas of land, everyone having his own wells and such. Helicopters flying around timber and, it’s despicable crap. Living there produces green house gases, wastes energy and social/mental retardation beyond anything acceptable.

  14. Tuberg how many children do you have? Just curious. If it’s more than two, shut the fuck up.

  15. To ED,

    great advice, keep on blogging, people NEED your experience.

    To Tuberg,

    educate yourself FIRST. “Living in city is environmentally much more viable.” Viable? Wrong. Fact: every city generates over forty times the heatsink (carbon emissions) that a flat, rural community does. All cities are incredible energy hogs and huge wasteful energy applications. The high, glass canyons are absorbing much more heat -and releasing it- than any other habitat. ANY.

    Going off grid immediately does three things:

    1. Increased autonomy allows for better, more reliable systems in infrastructures, large, small scale and individual.Everyone who goes off grid not only helps themselves, but everybody else.
    2. Off grid releases the burdens our utilities are faced with today. Less load to carry, less peak demand cycles, less over building. The reason today for the shift to smaller, local micro-utilities. greater diversity, greater system strength
    3. obvious cost advantages and much, much lower carbon emissions. (what most do NOT understand is while there is great efficiency in large scale utilities, there is also huge amounts of production waste, harming effluent, etc. Most is found in the heat cycle, and related releases therein, toxic byproduct concentrations) Off grid uses what is needed, no more. Very, very little waste.

    One other consideration for a typical septic systems and leachfields. Health matters, there is no substitute there. E coli bacteria requires separation from human interaction. Low flush toilets, tank and field offer this solution well. Using separate gray water systems for other usage is fine. Keep poop where it breaks down naturally, a few inches below grade. That’s great for the environment, btw.

    The greater the diversity of a system, the greater its resiliency to outside factors. Consider that in the US we have forty eight days of oil reserves, should the constant flow/supply stop. Then, without oil and gas, everything stops, defense, transport of goods, energy grid, heating, cooling, communications, food, water, etc. All those generators we have as back-up everywhere, without fuel don’t work.

    Imagine now, if you were an enemy, devout to destroy the evil empire, you’d try to deliver destruction to the 6 major US oil choke points- and watch a nation self destruct. After such an attack, nothing is rebuilt in two months, especially when there is no fuel to drive the machinery necessary for reconstruction and repair.

    Go off grid as fast as possible. Diminish your load on the energy demands of this country. It’s really good for you, for me, for everybody else too. The Grid diversification movement and the technological broadband approach to energy conversion is the answer we are now trying to address as effectively – and quickly as possible.

  16. Thursty says:

    I moved my family from a forty acre parcel five miles from a growing county hub that serves 30,000 plus people, to a very privet parcel on our own lake, with a half mile driveway to the nearest plowed gravel road. The kids have a half hour ride to school, with average class sizes around twenty or less kids. They were just entering fourth and fifth grade at the time. That was probably the smartest thing I ever did in my life. The kids adapted very well, and have had a much more enriched life both in school and at home. We still go to the same town for groceries and supplies as before, but it takes an hour instead of five minutes. We are not off the grid at this time, but would like to be in the near future. Educating and preparing your children for the world are no different here then there, and technology has made it even easier with satellite TV, and internet. I would rather live here and educate them on the ills and dangers of the city, then the other way around, for country kids will survive. Going off grid in the great white north doesn’t mean you have to go with out. It just means you might have to wait till the next trip to town.

    At Peace in Northern Minnesota

  17. tim norris says:

    I think Les is a good down to earth person and love his shows!!! Off the grid is the best and would love to do this myself someday!! great job and I would like to see all of it but haven’t fouhd it yet saw one episode!! thanks Tim

  18. Magi says:

    I am a fan of the Suvivorman series and I really enjoyed this documentary. I was raised off the grid in northern Arizona. I spent my childhood from birth until about age 14 in a house with propane kitchen appliances, kerosene lamps, and a wood-burning stove. Unlike a lot of rural homes, we had running water provided by a nearby spring.
    My parents drove us to the nearest school, about an hour trip one way. As a kid, I sometimes missed out on doing things at school or with friends, but I don’t remember ever resenting my parents or the lifestyle they chose for our family. I was very aware of how fortunate I was to see wildlife on a daily basis, to walk in the woods whenever I wanted, to see the stars, and to get snow days when we couldn’t get out!
    Today, I am struggling through life in a major city, and deeply miss the peace and pace of a rural lifestyle. I hope someday to return to this way of living.

  19. gregp507 says:

    I wish most people could do this. Anyone can live a sustainable lifestyle quite comfortably with a good knowledge base about how it’s done. Les could have taken a less hands-off approach with regard to learning the technology needed to make it it all work. We don’t need to use as much electricity as we’re accustomed to, and a few solar panels and batteries can give us all the electricity we really need.

  20. Brian says:

    Anyone knows about a status update on Les´s fantasstic project. I has been some time and it would be great to hear if they are doing alright and still living the dream.

    Cheers
    Bria

  21. Homemakerang says:

    we have been living off-grid for over a year now with 6 children on a 40 acre farm. We left EVERYTHING to move here and love it so much! On the other hand, we are not trying to duplicate our old lifestyle with all of the modern conveniences that solar and wind energy provide. We use oil lamps, one pressure lamp an outhouse and an ice house. we cook with wood and heat with wood and the only “utility bill” we have is a cell phone.

    We also farm with horses, a belgian team. We wouldn’t trade it for anything. I think it is wonderful you still can live like we do in a day and age like today.

  22. Robert says:

    Yes. Off the grid is not for the meek, and certainly not for the economically disadvantaged. I loved the show, love the concept, but surely would have been more enlightened if Les had included exactly how much all of this costs. Trucking in the cabin and workers, digging the well, buying the solar panels takes a major up-front investment, not to mention the cost of the land. How bout it Les — fess up.

  23. Debbie Effemey says:

    Les, where are you now? Did you permanently move off the grid? We loved your show, but have not seen anything since this.

    Debbie

  24. Carl Warner says:

    I have seen this documentary twice. You can’t help but like Les and His family. Most importantly I like the technology that he uses and therefore makes the technology available to people that did not know it existed.

    Mr. Stroud, thanks to you and your family. Cheers to your success, I am soooooo Jealous.

  25. David says:

    The series is interesting, but living off of the grid is just not for me.

    I understand, to a certain degree, what living off of the grid means as I grew up spending my summers at the family log cabin on a lake with an outhouse and a fire-place for heat. The Fridge and stove are propane. No electricity and no running water. This year we are putting in a new outhouse with a Sun-Mar composting toilet. In a few years we also plan on putting in solar.

    What I would like to see is the urban and sub-urban use of green energy technology. A great example of this is the Canary Islands. They are in the forefront of alternative energy. Every house has solar panels and the grid uses wind farms.

    David

  26. LongBeachBum says:

    I watched your show with great interest. Did notice a couple of things that I would have done differently. Dig a septic and use the gray water to flush it. With a family of 4 you should have no trouble in keeping up with the water.

    Second, you probably have found that mounting the wind generator on the house was not such a good idea because of the noise. I might suggest building a tower with the generator on the top of it. Putting a 250 gal water tank at the 25 ft level. During the day when the sun is out, fill the tank as needed, at night use the gravity flow to supply the water using no electricity. Saves the batteries for other things.

    Are you going to make more shows about your “off grid” living? I hope so. You do a good job explaining things from a lay persons perspective. In addition, could you show some other “off grid” homes and what they have found that works and what does not.

    I too am planning an off grid home. I want to do a partial dug in, partial berm home from shipping containers. Since I am looking at the desert southwest, this should provide me with a lot of insulation against the heat.

  27. andrews says:

    off the grid living is a huge undertaking from reexaming pioneering’s lost artform…to todays latest renewable energy engineering….all can be done thur grit ..study..trial an error…but my family of five wonders how do u guys earn money$$

  28. Utility Warehouse says:

    Very good, Les Stroud. An excellent and interesting documentary. Is this available any where on DVD? Thanks. John.

  29. Rayls stuck on grid says:

    Les you are awesome much better than bear grills i have enjoyed following your adventures in survival with my whole family we have incorporated some of your survival techniques into our camping trips. My daughter (7) has eaten earthworms, termites, cray fish and wants to try scorpions (cooked obverse). I just wanted to say keep up the great work.

    PS. did you ever think about selling of part of your 150 acre to someone else for a off grid build maybe expand your acreage and start a sustainable community

  30. steve bilawey says:

    u are building a cottage in Muskoka … u just bought crap land! At least by video taping it u paid for half. you are a great sales man…. selling it to the Green Channel

  31. candy engelman says:

    Thanks for sharing your family and experiences with us. My family and I are boaters and we like the independence of being self-sufficent also. Living in Fla. we know that if a hurricane comes through we will have all we need to live on the boat. Thanks again for a great show.

  32. George Yung says:

    Les, I think you are doing a fantastic job, and I really enjoy watching you on TV. You are always contributing positively to people and that is tops in my book. Most people just don’t get what you and many others are trying to do, and that is a crying shame. I am trying to get off the grid myself, but I am a man of meager means and it is slow going. God willing and the creek don’t rise I will eventually get there. I have managed to cut our electric usage from 80kw/day to around 50kw/day in our Florida home during peak of summer. We have many more projects to do in order to get our usage down to less than 30kw/day during the worst time of the summer. Down here air conditioning is a big draw for power, so I have been looking at Sedna Aire. They have an air conditioner that uses evacuated tubes to heat the freon instead of using a compressor. It has a compressor but it runs in low only to pump the freon through the system. That should cut our A/C usage by about 12-15kw/day. If anyone would like information on the A/C unit you can go to http://www.therealsolarman.com. It inspires me to see people do what you have done, and it keeps me going.

    Turburg, I can only hope that you spout off at the mouth in your lovely city and not hide behind a computer. Who knows maybe we will read about some kid from the hood popped a cap in yo ass yo. Did I get your vernacular correct. Oh I’m sorry did I use a word that is difficult for you to understand.

  33. Jabin Sutherland says:

    Mr.Stroud my father and I are very impressed with you and your family for what you have accomplished. My father has dreamed of living the same way for many years. My dads major concerns are that of how my brother and I would adjust, what kind of an education he could provide us, and what kind of a future a life away from society would be in store for his kids not growing up with the every day benefits of a public school education or higher learning! What kind of careers would be available to kids that grow up this way? My dad is so disgusted with how we as a society are treating our lands,air,and each other. Was it very hard on your kids to leave their friends behind? What do they do for fun now? Is home schooling a very hard thing to do?How did your family find the land to build on? Was it very expensive to refurbish that house? The reason I ask is because my dad is disabled and lives on a disability income. Do you think its possible for a family of three to live the way you do for less than $40,000.00 a year? How much start up $$$ does a family really need to get started. We very much want to leave the everyday hustle and bustle of today’s world behind and get back to nature and the less stressful way of living. We realize that many sacrifices will have to made. We also realize that a total break away from society is not the thing to do either, as we still must rely on many things to survive in today’s world. Mr.Stroud any advice that you could give to a 11yr old and his dad would be greatly appreciated. Thank you again you an your family are an inspiration to us all! Living the way you do must be great! You can contact my family by Mail at 1702 11Th street Tillamook, Oregon, 97141 or at sutherland422dxr5@yahoo.com.

  34. Doc Mach says:

    Back in ’99 I bought 12 acres with State Land to the North and State Land to the South. A Lawyers Wifes Family Homestead is to my West and the Man I bought the property from kept 20 acres to my East. The Property is cut by a dirt road leaving about 1 1/2 Acres across the road with a small Trout stream. The first winter when I was on the road my furnace went out and the whole water system blew. I figured I would gut it and remodel the whole house. Between cleaning up all the junk on the property, upgrading the Heat, Electric, Drilling a new well (The only Non cistern in the area)I never had the money to finish. From ’05-’08 I was driving convoy’s in Iraq then moved to Thailand with my Wife, built a Bar/Restaurant, a House for the In Laws, Bought a Kobuta for our Farm and Paying of our house I still never had the money to get off the grid. Now I messed up my arm and neck in Western North Dakota so I’m back to square one. The dream was to set up green houses, oil bearing Beans(Soy)and some critters. I want to be as self sufficient as all posible with only Tax’s and Insurance being the primary financial need. How much of a pipe dream am I living. With the Water and electric only the septic need to be addressed… besides an interior that looks like a grenade went off in it.
    Any thoughts?

  35. John says:

    I really never liked you show on survival. But I really liked what I got to see of you home, (only got the last ten min). You did a good job and I am looking foward to seeing more of this type of show.

  36. nova says:

    I read alot of the blogs here and alot of you seems to think you need a big acerage and to remove your kids and family from the towns or subdivisions you live in. Not true ,if you live in a house and you have your own well and septic, or municipal water and sewer on your 1/2 acre you to could be living off the grid too. Just exchange all your high powered appliances to propane,put in a off grid power system large enough for your families needs and cut off the powerline coming to your house. It’s that simple. No change to your life style. Anyone stuck living in appartments buildings or high rises have no choice but to keep on doing what they are doing. The biggest problem, is the change over.It would cost thousands and you would not see a return for 10 years or more. By this time you will have to start rebuilding a failing off grid power system.
    I think the best thing to do is find ways to use less power. Add more windows for light (heat in winter),insulate your house better,replace old windows and doors. Add a small wood boiler ,this will heat all domestic water for a whole day burning very little wood or what ever else you can burn. I live in a Nova Scotia ,Canada were you need to heat your house 6 months a year. My power bill for 2 months averages about $110.00 and I burn about 6-7 cords of wood a year(I burn wood all year in a wood boiler for my domestic hot water). I also have a airtight woodstove which heats my house.Thanks for reading.

  37. keepitsimple says:

    I watched your documentary one night. My hubby and I had a dream to biuld in northern ontario and did it all without power or running water. We however are on the grid with hydro now. (I must say we had a good chuckle when I seen you needed an inspector to, in fact the same one we had..ha,ha.) I would love to do it again but this time totally off grid and for a home not a cottage. I am out the door running but pushing my other half. His concerns are the kids both early teens. Nothing else is an issue but he worries about there future job opportunities, carreers ect.. I wonder whats your take on that? Any persuasive tips for me..ha,ha! You and your family are all truly amazing people. Keep up the green living :)

  38. RyanHumphrey says:

    This is a great show. My wife and I are planning a move to off the grid within the next few years. I am a teacher and I make my students watch this show. Some of them really enjoy it.

  39. John Heaney says:

    Les, you are living the dream ,many of us are either afraid to do, or are committed to the way of life of not leaving the grid, I recently had a life changing event in my life, and what ever time I have left on my life ,I am going to spend it living off the grid, it s find that place here or new Zealand, or chile. But I want to be left alone thanks for sharing the year of building with us.

  40. charlie says:

    Wonderful video. I am trying to limit my on grid creature comforts.
    Got rid of cable tv. I’m reading so much more. It’s surprising what people can get used to if they try.

  41. Lemming says:

    My verdict on smart meters and TOU in Ontario is in: NO SAVINGS FOR SWITCHING TO OFF PEAK

    They told Ontario you will save money by switching to off peak. So I did. I built a solar array and battery bank so I could conserve and defer usage to off peak. On my last bill the off peak usage was 80% of my total consumption. And yet the average cost per kwh was the same as on every bill for the last 12 months. Calling TOU a scam would be generous. Terms such as false and misleading come to mind.

    Before they introduced smart meters and TOU I was using 800kwh a month and paying close to $100. Now as a result of these new billion dollar programs I am using 200 kwh a month for $50 in a bid to offset the doubling of prices. Way to go business geniuses. Now you are getting 4 times less business and the next step will be off grid. Guess they didn’t get the memo about the free electricity from the sun thing. I am using way less and you are pricing yourself out of your own monopoly.

    15,000 overpaid hydro workers on the sunshine list can all be replaced with a zero maintenance solar panel. The writing is on the wall for you guys – kinda like phone operators and bank tellers except in that case people actually liked them.

    How’s the underfunded pension plan going? Since capital improvements can be written off we shouldn’t be getting charged for them. Oh right I forgot – it’s a monopoly – you can charge a captive market whatever you want but you can’t block the sun.

    I am joining the boycott Ontario hydro movement.

  42. there is a method being tested in denver useing scrap lumber from pallets to make the frame of your wall and round stone from nearby creeks in a type of ice house frame with a transparent roof for natural light in day /plexy galss 1inch thick predrilled holes for mounting to finished roof /seal eageing in colder climets to retain heat air loss is heat loss /for electrisitey one can reuse car batteryies if they can be recharged if they are lead based break free the lead from in side the battery and add more lead based acid not water /with propper proctshion such as rubber gloves to protect from contact acid/ solar as a back up power sorce 60 watt black light works well for that 24-7 night like farter north

  43. after building your walls boxed out air vet out of your reclamed round stone or collected /concreat/its now building your roof in 2 parts this is a 2 person job to put roofs on as you do this put on your 1 inch plexy glass onto act as as your roofing chingles /calkup all air spaces / put your finished roof on makeing sure it fits snugly on top /done /after this if you can get it go solar for inside nightlights such as 65 watt plain black light /bulb’s /wind turbines also work pending needed energy draw on such grids to the number of bulbs being used /the more running the harder ir is on them is why my plan works by allowing for daylight /manmade night lights for security /lighting uses the bulbs help your plants grow better to if they get the uvlight off the bulbs at night /yet allows you to see in side if you need to go in it at night

  44. if you do the common 4 wall boxs frame fill space in the walls with reused brick /cinder blocks tell you can’t put aney more in the space common brick walls after you done walls/windows put a good number of support posts in the middle like a spine to support your roof from heavey snows in winter /agine build roof off of 1-2 inch thick plexy glassto a good box’d frame so they wont brake under heavy snows after roof is finished hook up above lighting opshion /mayb add a steel water drum /a booze style( still) for drinking water- bathing water /as your heat sorce in one the still if hooked up right should act as a boiler giveing you a type of radiator heat in winter hot water for your hot tub could also do a russian style steam room inside

  45. Paul says:

    saw the first insatllment, was wondering how it was going and if you were going to show us somemore of what to expect.
    Do you still like being the water company and the electric company?

  46. Bonnie says:

    Just watched the documentary. So great to hear you’re not a technician, electrician or solar and windpower expert either!I’m a Dutch woman building a selfsustainable house/ compound in the Gambia, West Africa and I found a lot of people there who know and who want to know how to build in this way. It ‘s a great process, of which I’m keeping a blog. Come and have a look:www.therubberhouse.nl

  47. Jazzi Johnson says:

    ***CASTING FOR TV SHOW – ENTERTAINING COMMUNITY, FAMILY OR COUPLE LIVING OFF THE GRID WANTED FOR TV SERIES***

    A television production company in Los Angeles is currently casting for unique, entertaining families, communities or couples who LIVE OFF THE GRID: without utilizing public utilities such as water, power and electricity.

    Are you living off the grid? Or do you know of a community, family or couple that do? Is your community, family or couple a modern-day Swiss Family Robinson with a twist; distinguishable enough to captivate a national television audience? Unique, entertaining, dynamic, outgoing personalities are a must. On camera experience is not required; however, candidates must be comfortable in front of the camera and interacting with others.

    If you are interested in project, please email the following to RVSCasting@yahoo.com:

    ? Name with contact information (name, number, email address).
    ? Photographs and description (including job/role) of each individual.
    ? A description of why your group would be compelling for television.
    ? City and state that you live in.

  48. Adam says:

    I don’t want to live “off the grid” so to speak. But I wouldn’t mind moving outta NYC and buying a small plot of land in Alberta by the mountains. Small little house maybe 300 Sq feet, basement for storage, shed outside, huge garden, etc. The only problem is work. How do you pay for soap, toilet paper, toothpaste, olive oil, butter, milk, gas? I think one could live off the land if they could hunt, fish, and farm….but I would NEED electricity and running water to support a freezer and fridge. I’m not gonna lie, a TV or Internet would probably make me even happier but again, how do you afford these things?

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