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California

by Edan Lepucki

California
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  • First Published:
    Jul 2014, 400 pages
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    Jul 2015, 400 pages

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Off-the-Grid Living

off-the-grid adobe houseIn California, Frida and Cal Friedman are forced to live off the land without electricity or running water, growing the food they eat. While the couple has no choice but to adopt such a lifestyle, off-the-grid living has been gaining traction in contemporary society. Traditionally, the term refers to living without public utilities, particularly electricity. One doesn't have to be cut off from the food system as well to qualify. However, in recent years, off grid living has taken on a wider connotation - of somebody living apart from, or under the radar of, modern society.

The motivations for going off the grid can include environmental and economic concerns and a desire to lead a homesteader's life. Even if most home alterations (such as extensive networks of solar panels) do require a significant financial investment upfront, the long-term advantage to the pocketbook is apparent. Electricity needs can be met through use of solar panels and any extra generated can be diverted ...

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