Living off the grid, which involves not being connected to a city’s water supply or electricity from a utility company, is growing in popularity. Depending on where you live, local and state government may support off-grid living, or zoning regulations may make disconnecting from public water and utilities a crime. However, there are good reasons why states should support off-grid living.
Off-Grid Living Reduces Energy Costs and Power Outages
Living off-grid allows families to save hundreds of dollars annually on energy costs. Wind and solar energy are renewable and free. Eliminating this cost helps people get out of debt and stay out of debt.
When there are major storms, people connected to the city’s utilities may lose power. However, those who rely on solar panels or wind turbines still have electricity to keep their house warm. Both of these concepts, reducing debt and being able to weather a storm safely while having energy needs met, are in the best interests of the state.
Off-Grid Living Increases Environmental Knowledge
By living simply and learning how to conserve resources, people get hands-on education of the environment. To be off the grid, you must understand the way the weather works. When the sun is used for energy, it will keep the house warm during the winter and cool during the summer. When the sun doesn’t shine, do not use unnecessary appliances.
Some would argue that it is in the state’s best interests to have citizens who understand the way the environment works and are willing to take more steps to protect the environment. The more everyday citizens step up to protect nature, the less work the government has to do.
Off-Grid Living Reduces Reliance on Fossil Fuels
When a person lives off grid, they are no longer reliant on power companies. They are able to reduce their carbon footprint by making use of renewable energy. The benefit of this is being seen in areas where ranch land sales are being driven by people looking to go off grid.
According to the EPA, around 20 percent of nitrous oxides in the environment are produced from electric power plants. States should encourage off-grid living as a part of other efforts to reduce pollution and save the planet.
States around the country are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. If more homeowners went off grid, this goal would be easier to accomplish.
Off Grid Living Helps Support Solar Energy Businesses
Solar energy is a massive business that has the potential to continue to grow and employ people. Individuals who go off grid help to fuel this business. It is in the state’s interest to encourage new industries and find new future facing opportunities to keep their population employed.
Off-grid living has many benefits for homeowners and for the government. Going off-grid is easier now than it has ever been thanks to a growing industry dedicated to producing products for off-grid living.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan