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Poll From: 09/11/2013

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Do you think you could handle living off the grid? Submitted By tickmenot, KS
Yes.
Maybe.
No.
I have or do.
What's off the grid mean?
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suz8
on 09/30/13
If you live off the grid would you be responding to this?
jebean12
on 09/15/13
i have its great
wisttheswagger02
on 09/14/13
idk
princesslollie
on 09/13/13
leogirl817 liked this  
i could what did ppl do before internet, cell phones, tv and other wastses of money?? i have no issue spending my free time reading books..which i still do today
AZGazelle7
on 09/13/13
matty172002 and 1 others liked this  
I kinda think anyone who responds to this poll really couldn't live off the grid! ;-)
bizzypoet
on 09/12/13
ttsmom143 liked this  
I think that apartment buildings should be built with using solar power, it would be so much better for everyone.
lisebaby
on 09/12/13
no problem
nancylynnwills
on 09/12/13
it was ok
Zinkerokay
on 09/12/13
I'm not sure what you mean my "living off the grid". I'd love to know and answer honestly to that question!!!
ttsmom143
on 09/11/13
EP4ever and 2 others liked this  
It is entirely possible to produce more than enough energy to still enjoy all of your modern comforts. Even possible to produce so much that you put energy back onto the grid and get a check every month from the energy company. Also, living off the power grid and living in hiding are two different things that are not mutually exclusive. However, the term "living off the grid" is used synonymously for both situations. However, I can assume an alternate identity and live in hiding without going off the power grid or I can do both or I can live a normal life a detach from the power grid. Given that the picture attached to the poll shows a house with solar panels, I would say it is safe to assume that swagbucks is referring to the power grid and going MIA. It is my dream to disconnect from the grid.
ttsmom143
on 09/11/13
siacalinsays liked this  
and NOT* going MIA! (sorry forgot my not, and a few other errors but they don't offer and edit after posting!)
ttsmom143
on 09/11/13
And FYI you can still live in the city and produce your own energy. Solar panels and other alternative energy sources use battery packs to store extra energy that is used for nighttime or low energy producing days! If more people took the time to delve a little deeper into the financial aspects (given they can finance the start up) of alternative energy I am sure that many many many more people would jump on the alternative energy train! I would love to power my home through solar power (best approach for my area) and I would love to modify my home with a geothermal heating/cooling source!!!!
kmhagen
on 09/11/13
TaS254 liked this  
Were you really bored today?
ttsmom143
on 09/12/13
RedNeckRosie and 2 others liked this  
Actually yeah I was bored for the 10 minutes or so I spent on this page reading the ignorant comments so I decided to respond!
Were you feeling extra sarcastic yesterday?
OKSCHOOLMARM
on 09/12/13
it's so refreshing to answer these and not get credit. I answered the poll and found today that it didn't register. Thanks again. The noso usually doesn't work either. I'm tired of opps please try again later.
kimsha300
on 09/12/13
none
kimsha300
on 09/12/13
none
merahun
on 09/12/13
confused
surfergirl77
on 09/11/13
Living off solar power?...um maybe I could if it meant I could still enjoy my normal daily activity without fear of power shut down or using too much power, & limiting my showers to 10 to 15 minutes would be little difficult my shower time is usually 30 to 45 minutes though sometimes if I'm in a hurry I can shower in 25 minutes

Next there's the issue of washing clothing that might use a bit of power especially since my washer & dryer are not energy star stamped, also there are no recycling centers close to my home & I wouldn't be able to drive the distance & most environmentally aware people know that living off the grid so to speak means more then just living off solar energy it's a life style change you have to live a certain way, so as much as I wish I could live that way I'm not sure I could for sure but I'm open to trying someday if the opportunity ever presented itself meaning if I could afford a home like that & I had t
ttsmom143
on 09/11/13
Actually you are not quite right!
mciaccia
on 09/11/13
HPFan1 liked this  
Well, I hope your children and grandchildren can get used to living a different lifestyle since people like you (who refuse to change theirs) will force them to do so. Fresh, potable water and oil are two things that will run out in the next 50 or so odd years if people continue to use resources the way they do....maybe you should think about that before your next hour long shower.

I don't mean any offense to this, I just think maybe you are making excuses for being wasteful instead of actually trying. It's as easy as turning off the water for the few minutes while you're lathering up your hair.
surfergirl77
on 09/12/13
I never said I refused to do anything I said maybe! I could live off the grid that's not refusing. you should read more carefully before you jump to conclusions about how I live, & it can be costly to convert to solar living I just don't have the money to convert my home

As for my children or grand children who knows maybe times will be different by then & every home will be made for solar living. I'm not making excuses if you know me you would understand that it's a struggle just to pay my bills every month & eat, also I don't have a car to drive to the recycling centers

Actually I'm not wasteful at all I cut lights off when their not in use also I unplug electrical items when their not in use I shop at local thrift stores I try to do what I can so stop being judgmental.
raffytaffy123
on 09/12/13
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ilianacatspawn
on 09/11/13
triathlon29 and 17 others liked this  
Once upon a time we all were off the grid and humanity did just fine. In fact, there was no "grid" until I was in my 30s. So yeah, I guess I could go back to living that way and be quite content.
KatieKat
on 09/11/13
mannykat and 4 others liked this  
Out of curiosity, what country are you from and how old are you that there were no public utilities until you were in your 30s?
ilianacatspawn
on 09/11/13
kkdj20 and 1 others liked this  
The US of A. Never heard of wells, generators, cesspits and unincorporated townships? I didn't say there weren't any public utilities. I said we didn't use them.
KatieKat
on 09/11/13
mannykat and 3 others liked this  
You said there was no grid until you were in your 30s, not that you simply choose not to use it. I was genuinely curious about where and what time period you were referring to.

No need to insult my intelligence because you misspoke.
CountryMuffin
on 09/11/13
I already have my off the grid place.. nice country living! Beats the city and traffic any day of the week!
endergamer99
on 09/11/13
Arduino96922 liked this  
what is "of the grid" mean??
Arduino96922
on 09/11/13
search on google :)
bizzypoet
on 09/11/13
castlesburning and 1 others liked this  
Do a swagbuck search for it, you could win swagbucks and learn something new.
sebreilly
on 09/11/13
bizzypoet and 7 others liked this  
It's my goal in life, actually, to live off the grid. So far I'm car-free with a raised bed garden and some rain barrels at the house we rent, but you've got to start somewhere, right? :]
k3il33
on 09/11/13
car free ?? how do yu do it ??
bizzypoet
on 09/11/13
A lot of places having a car doesn't make sense, public transportation is easier and more cost and planet friendly.
HunterDX77M
on 09/11/13
Admirable.
chrissexton84
on 09/11/13
maybe
natashavixen323
on 09/11/13
CountryMuffin liked this  
I would love to!
samantha21480
on 09/11/13
CountryMuffin liked this  
I could definitely do this
c061378
on 09/11/13
I would say maybe
FelixDuo
on 09/11/13
I would say yes, as I'm perfectly willing to use solar power for my electricity, but then I remembered that I'd also have to provide my own water and have a sewage tank, and I'd rather use the city pipes.
ttsmom143
on 09/11/13
pydsigner and 3 others liked this  
Nothing like having a septic tank and well water! That is money that I keep instead of paying out to the city every month! Well water is also way tastier than city water!!
mgtheman
on 09/11/13
Not in New York.
ladyragland
on 09/11/13
ttsmom143 liked this  
Thats for sure and ALOT better for you!
tiffadaeze
on 09/11/13
Living off the grid basically means- you are socially, and physically M.I.A.
SashaBearLewis
on 09/11/13
JenOlson and 1 others liked this  
Nope, you have it wrong. I have in-laws who live off grid and they are far from socially and physically M.I.A. They actually live in the suburbs and are VERY active in their community. They just use solar energy for quite a few things, including air conditioning, and wood furnace for their winter heat. Their monthly bills are a fraction of what most peoplel's are. You are deceived by a common stereotype, not that uncommon. I would suggest you research it a little bit more. It might change your outlook a little. Not that you personally should want to go off-grid, but that you might not be so uninformed about those who are. Have a nice day.
Conweis
on 09/11/13
angeladawn79 liked this  
It means being self sustaining and not needing third party utilities.
When I went to West Virginia I met people who had wood burning furnaces to heat their homes and water and solar panels foe electricity.
bookiebear1985
on 09/11/13
Yeah that's true
thistlefur
on 09/11/13
EP4ever and 3 others liked this  
No, it means generating your own utilities without being hooked into the commercial grid of energy providers.
oct01dec
on 09/11/13
soIexist liked this  
I would love to think I could but being a city chick, I would have no idea how to even go about doing that.
joshfif
on 09/11/13
the 'grid" is not the problem
WildDanjoe
on 09/11/13
Hammock and Tarps.. no problem
Dancinmama4life
on 09/11/13
ttsmom143 liked this  
Seriously people!! You can live in the city off the grid!! It only means you find your own source of energy. Solar, wind, hydro or any other way. It does not mean living in a tent in the middle of the woods. But that is a way too. Don't confuse "off the grid" with country living! You can live in the middle of nowhere and still use the energy company and town water and sewage (if its available)
bookiebear1985
on 09/11/13
I wouldn't mind living in the middle of now where just to see what it is like
TrishaAnderson01
on 09/11/13
castlesburning and 1 others liked this  
There is so much disrespect between people now, I would love to live off the grid.
bookiebear1985
on 09/11/13
mastre liked this  
That's so true about the disrespect that people have now a days its like they have no respect at all for anyone I kind of dislike people with no respect
rosemarie21
on 09/11/13
ened an awesome vacay
Carabella31
on 09/11/13
castlesburning and 3 others liked this  
I would love to live away from all the noises of the world
bookiebear1985
on 09/11/13
I live in the city and thats all you hear is noises it would be better if you lived in the country peace and quiet
ReynaJackson
on 09/11/13
so tru
25Shadow75
on 09/11/13
davidgoundie liked this  
Going Off grid is Awesome Fun....

Next vacation you should try it..
Take a $1000 in cash, Take cab to the bus station, Take a trip somewhere...
Your name is John Doe for a week, Pay only in cash, see the sites of a city, at night hop another bus...
The next day see another city...You'll feel like you own the world with all that cash in your pockets...
Just wondering from city to city enjoying the sites, sounds, and flavors that everyone else takes for granted.
TheChaosTheory
on 09/11/13
Thatguyujustmet liked this  
Sounds great.

And then get robbed and....
pINKGURRRL
on 09/11/13
NO WAY 2 much of a princess! LOL!
Rsarabjit
on 09/11/13
I love the City Life
kristinatenney
on 09/11/13
tfjparadise liked this  
I would love to be away from the city life!
algoldade
on 09/11/13
It would be great!
Outergrace
on 09/11/13
mastre and 4 others liked this  
I'd love to in a "tiny house"
siacalinsays
on 09/11/13
me too!
sheepshearer1975
on 09/11/13
Thatguyujustmet and 1 others liked this  
Hobbit hole!
Trin13
on 09/11/13
I'm designing my own and currently saving (yay swagbucks!) to build it myself. I sent a friend request if you'd like to talk more/swap ideas
rightchoice99
on 09/11/13
tfjparadise liked this  
I do not know what off the grid means.
MayleesMom
on 09/11/13
I think it would be nice to live off the grid
bfurious13
on 09/11/13
MamaCaroline and 3 others liked this  
Living off the grid doesn't mean living Amish people!!
thistlefur
on 09/11/13
castlesburning and 1 others liked this  
Even the Amish generate their own power. ;) They're great at using windmills, solar panels, etc. The whole point for them is to stay off the grid. ;)
ttsmom143
on 09/11/13
True but they also rebuke modern technologies for the most part. That is a religious choice and something totally separate than what the poll question is asking! That is why the picture showed a house with solar panels!
nitad8455
on 09/11/13
tfjparadise and 2 others liked this  
We are not talking about merely using your toys on solar power... we are talking about survival... what power you have won't be used for games or swagging... off the grid means conserving your energy for the more important things. Time to learn those skills is now.
ttsmom143
on 09/11/13
Nanadee3 and 2 others liked this  
Sorry but you can still be off the power grid and be connected to internet and such. In today's times it is entirely possible to live a comfortable and familiar lifestyle utilizing alternative energy. In fact you can even produce enough power on your own that you can feed extra power to the energy company and they will pay you a power bill every month!
nancygaye
on 09/11/13
ttsmom143 and 2 others liked this  
My daughter and her husband do and they do fine ... In Hawaii no less!
surfergirl77
on 09/11/13
Haha I'm surprised at how many people responding to this poll Q didn't understand what living off the grid meant but if you look closely at the photo listed in this poll you'll see a solar grid

I had a solar calculator years ago & I've watched many docs through out the years that discussed environmental issues & solar power options & I guess I assumed most people knew of using solar energy to power homes, cars, & other devices or maybe the word expression used to describe solar power was confusing to some haha.
tightlacedboots
on 09/11/13
What photo? I don't see one. My screen just displays the pie chart.
Genicka
on 09/11/13
Agree, I don't see anything either, just a pie chart and still don't know what they mean by living off the grid.
soIexist
on 09/11/13
tightlacedboots liked this  
before you vote, there's a photo (where the pie chart is afterwards) :)
aaronz77
on 09/11/13
ReynaJackson and 2 others liked this  
12% don't know what "Off the grid" means??!! Really?
ttsmom143
on 09/11/13
tfjparadise and 2 others liked this  
Judging by the comments that percentage should be a lot higher!
ReynaJackson
on 09/11/13
i kno, right?
truepureblue
on 09/11/13
ReynaJackson and 1 others liked this  
Really. lol
tmorsesb
on 09/11/13
No way. I'd go stir crazy.
soIexist
on 09/11/13
No, no way, no how. I am a city girl.
TereBelle
on 09/11/13
bizzypoet and 2 others liked this  
I grew up without electricity-we used kerosene lamps for light, and created our water line from a mountain spring. Until I was around eight or so, we had to use an outhouse and heat water on the stove for baths (we would take baths in order, oldest to youngest. Nasty in retrospect, but I'd still prefer that to not bathing). We also had our own vegetable garden and hunted deer/elk/grouse/whatever we could get for meat. I loved it all, for the most part, but winter was difficult. Still, I wouldn't change a thing about how I grew up.
SBSarah
on 09/11/13
DUKINGUVSWAG and 1 others liked this  
I'd much rather be grid-tied than "off the grid" if possible. If running solar, for example, it's much easier to draw electricity from powerlines than having to figure out how to "store" it for the night, whereas you can feed solar power into the grid during the day and take energy at night. From my understanding, many areas have green initiatives (or mandates) and they'll offer you multiple "conventional" kWh for your "green" kWh. My only problem would be if your definition includes giving up internet, because it's so useful (and I'd rather kill time online than watching tv 95% of the time.)
SBSarah
on 09/11/13
I was looking into this sort of thing a few years ago, when I was thinking of homesteading as a hobby. I don't have the financial resources to start now (stupid, stupid medical bills!), but when I was living in a rural setting for a few months (helping take care of a family member with cancer before he died) and the only internet available was dial-up (which I was NOT going to buy an extra phone line and pay -- and WAIT -- for, considering how much bandwidth most of my browsing uses *LOL*), I found out how much happier I was WITHOUT Facebook. I had my computer with movies/shows/music/audiobooks (I'd LEGALLY downloaded or copied myself from LEGAL sources I'd purchased), so I was never bored... but I missed YouTube, Wikipedia, my forums (BBS), catching up on blogs, and a few other things.

The address I was staying at now has DSL offered. If it weren't for the in-laws of my extended family (well, EX-in-laws, but they stick around because of the kids), I would

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