Living Off The Grid With Your Partner

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Living off the grid sounds appealing to a lot of individuals. Maybe you’ve had one of those moments when you realize just how reliant you are on modern technology to survive, it terrified you, and you want to change that. Maybe the noise pollution of a city is starting to affect your mental health. And, if you’re like the heroine in the book “Wild,” maybe you’re just going through some stuff that’s making you want to, as men would put it, test your nuts. There’s also something rather romantic about living off of the grid. So many films and books have made the whole experience seem very beautiful—even the parts that were difficult were still poetic in a way. So it’s normal for couples who are very in love to take the idea of, “Let’s run away together” to “Let’s live off the grid together.” And while living off the grid is not only better with a companion, but also almost essential for survival, doing it with your romantic partner comes with its own challenges. Here’s what it’s like living off the grid with your partner.

sustainable living couple outside their house doing repairs or home improvement. The young African-American woman is holding the ladder steady. The man on the ladder is only partially visible.

Your whole day will be your home

Your entire day will be dedicated to your home—to your survival, your shelter, your food, and your basic needs. When you live in a sustainable home that doesn’t have electricity or plumbing, you will spend every waking hour just keeping the systems going that allow you to cook a meal or take a bath. Living off the grid is simple but it isn’t easy.

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