This is the Treehugger.com debate going on now. Some of the comments are quite off-the-wall (see below)
Off grid homes typically devolve into shacks surrounded by a junkyard and a dog or two to protect the occupants from other off-griders.
Admittedly, the idea of having no utility bills is appealing. The reality is not so appealing.
Lots of people have wells. They are expensive and need maintenance. It’s much nicer to have clean water arrive in a pipe from the water grid. Taking responsibility for the safety of your own water is burdensome.
Lots of people have septic systems. They are expensive and need maintenance. It’s much nicer to have dangerous waste sent down the sewer grid to be treated. Taking responsibility for your own waste treatment is burdensome.
Lots of people have propane tanks. They are expensive and need maintenance. It’s much nicer to have gas arrive in a pipe from the natural gas grid.
Now try powering your cabin with solar panels, especially ones that have no grid to tie in to. Much nicer to have two wires coming to hour house, and you don’t have to live in the boonies to put solar on a house.
Living in the boonies is not green People and nature don’t mix.
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