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Have you researched the technical aspects of off-grid living, only to become discouraged when you realized how much it would cost to generate the amount of electricity you're accustomed to using?
If you have an interest in off-grid living, start asking yourself what electrical appliances you could do without. Jettison every device in your house that generates heat for starters. Irons, toasters, clothes dryers, microwaves -- they're exorbitant to to support on an off-grid system. Then downsize your entertainment needs, and start thinking about things (like dish washing and sweeping) that you can easily do by hand.
It helps to make a list of what your basic physical requirements are. You begin with oxygen and water, then warmth and shelter and food, light and transportation and sanitation and entertainment. Of course, you can keep adding categories -- but the point is to actually stop and think about life's true necessities, separating what you genuinely need from what you're merely accustomed to.
Successful off-grid living does require investment: not only in an electrical system, but also in a changed set of lifestyle expectations.