18 Aug '11, 9pm

Living off the Grid: Not Just for the Amish Anymore

Living off the Grid: Not Just for the Amish Anymore

Renewables and energy storage keep the lights on in this off-grid home Whether you’re reading this on your computer or mobile device, you needed electricity from the grid to power at least one device in the process. Those electrons come from far-flung power plants, across miles of transmission lines, and out of a plug in your wall. This process may seem like just another part of life, but it’s not the only option. Some people have taken matters into their own hands, and haven’t paid a power bill in years. energyNOW! correspondent Patty Kim met some of the estimated 180,000 families across North America using clean energy technology to become self-sufficient and enjoy all the comforts of modern life, off the grid. You can watch the full video below: Living “off the grid” may conjure images of counter-culture hippies or the old-fashioned ways of the Amish, but a growing numb...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/08/18/living-off-the-grid-n...

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