10 Aug '11, 1pm

Green: Off the Grid, Where the Living Is Good

Craig Leisher Morning on the dock near the Maine cabin where the author is living with his family. Three weeks ago, my wife and I moved with our three boys, two cats, five bikes and canoe from the New Jersey suburbs to a cabin in the Maine woods. We’ll be here for a year, and from time to time I’ll be updating you on our experiment in living in tune with our surroundings and off the grid. We have no hot water, no microwave, no washing machine, no coffee maker and only enough solar electricity to power two laptops and a cellphone. We turn on a small generator every other day to pump lake water into two 55-gallon barrels on our roof that serve our needs. A lot of tasks are harder up here, but we have daily adventures, no commute, views from every window and a chance to cure our suburban kids’ nature-deficit disorder. The biggest surprise so far is that the transition was eas...

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Off the Grid, Where the Living Is Good

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