Going Off the Grid For a More Sustainable Future
We’re all much more aware of climate change these days, aren’t we? And the need to be more sustainable and reduce our carbon footprint. But just how can we do it? And can we save money in the process?
What do you invest in to help save the planet?
How far would you go to achieve that and what sustainable swaps have you made? Maybe you’ve bought a low emission vehicle and invested in electric car insurance. Or you’ve cut out flying – and single use plastics.
These all help to reduce your footprint in a greater or lesser way – you’re right. And that’s great. But we’re going to suggest something really radical next – have you considered going off grid?
Although it might sound unachievable – in fact, more and more people are doing it. An off grid lifestyle has definitely moved from the margins to the mainstream recently.
Why has this happened?
The transition towards living, at least partially, this way has been driven by various factors. Including the rise in fuel prices, which have skyrocketed, and people’s concerns for the environment.
You must have noticed the increase in the number of solar panels on homes everywhere – these days. That’s a move towards living off grid – but some people take it much more seriously – and literally.
Go completely off grid
One community of boat dwellers in Springfield Park, Hackney in London has now swelled in number to the hundreds. Many power their homes via solar panels or generators – and live really cheaply – in one of the most expensive cities in the world.
They’re only one example of the growing number of people living off grid in the UK as a whole. And in the US, it’s estimated that several million people are now choosing this way of life – which is incredible. It’s also enviable and admirable – however, for most of us, it will only ever be partially achievable. But how can you try it?
A holiday without amenities
One thing you could do is to take an off grid holiday – which are becoming increasingly popular. You can rent a wide range of properties now for a fantastic short break – without all the amenities!
Be inspired to live more sustainably
It’s a great opportunity to try living off grid for a short time. Or test out how you’d survive without all your gadgets and gizmos. Many people report returning feeling refreshed and invigorated – and rethinking sustainability as a whole. Some realise that they didn’t really miss many modern amenities – or get inspired by other alternative ideas..
So before you spend money on solar panels, or look into more radical sustainable living solutions – why not test it? Living off grid, even for a short time can open your eyes to its power and potential.
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If you’re looking for savvy ideas for a more sustainable future, you should try it. Or you could think about some of our other suggestions. Living in a more environmentally responsible way can be more economical, which is great news. And it’s the best investment any of us can make in the future.