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Response to djean111 (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 15, 2014, 07:05 PM

19. Walk out to your main circuit breaker and turn it off.

(Or don't pay your electric bill for a month or two.)

It's really not that difficult "not be tied to The Grid." It's like quitting cigarettes or something.

My problem has always been that when I cut my electric power use to a level that I could afford to replace with solar, then the amount I'm paying for grid electricity is so negligible that solar doesn't seem to be worth the bother or expense.

It's either that or maybe that "living off the grid" is incompatible with my marriage. Living on my own I never figured I needed a refrigerator, washing machine, or clothes dryer. (My clothes didn't always smell so fresh either...)

But I'll be honest with myself, grid electricity is just too easy and too cheap. There's nobody stopping me from dropping off the grid. As the alcoholic says, "I can quit anytime I like."

But the larger part of the energy-environment problem is the fossil fuels we use flying and driving around, the fossil fuels we use making stuff to sell, the fossil fuels we use transporting that stuff around, and the fossil fuels we use heating and cooling the places that sell stuff.

If I simply don't buy most stuff, and I don't drive, then I'm using less fossil fuels than I would if I lived my life as an ordinary American consumer with a few thousand dollars worth of solar cells covering my roof.






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