More and more, we are being watched. More and more, technology can be used to track us and for some conspiracy theorists, the horse has already bolted the stable in terms of keeping our private lives private. Whether true or not, it's interesting to see how to actually live off grid, if for nothing else than to give us pause so that we realize how connected we really are.

Living off grid is, to a certain extent a matter of taking care of the basics to make sure that you survive. To truly live off grid and escape from civilization is probably a bit of a pipe dream for most people – aside from the fact that to become that self sufficient is extremely difficult simply due to the sheer amount of knowledge that most of us lack in terms of farming etc, most people will still want some social contact now and then. So, living off grid becomes a matter of degrees. How far do you really want to go? For some people, nothing but total isolation is the way forward. Others simply want to minimize their reliance on municipal supplied power. Living off grid can be anything in between. Anyway, here are some basics that you need to live off grid


First up is land. You need somewhere to live, and finding a secluded piece of land is first on the list. Finding land that is not developed can be tricky, but if you are persistent, you can find a nice bit of woodland that you can buy from the local forestry commission or government. Consider, when looking for land, how close a natural water supply is, and how good the soil is. If you want self-sufficiency, you need to have good quality land. Be sure to read the fine print as well – all too often you can find yourself buying some woodland which government is selling off with the proviso that you don't actually live there.


Essential, not just for drinking, but for irrigation. Having a clean water supply is paramount to living outside the system. This ties in nicely to choosing land – try to find somewhere with a good supply of water all year round – be it a stream or river or underground supply that you can get to with a well or borehole. You could also opt for catching rainwater – install containers on your roof.


Consider your housing – are you building a log cabin or going with a tent or teepee or are you simply going to live out of your car.


More and more, it is becoming viable to supply your own power. Wind turbines are great sources of alternative power, as are solar panels. You will probably find you need a combination of both to be truly self sufficient and supply all of your own power needs simply because once you are off the power grid, you are at the mercy of the element to charge up your power supply. If you have a good strong river on the land you've chosen, you might consider installing a water wheel to generate electricity as well. Get a good wood burning stove to keep warm.

These are the basics of off grid living and should be enough to get you started. Once you have your land, water, shelter and power, you can really start to take advantage of living outside of the system and become more self-sufficient. To take things further, consider that if you keep your kids in school, or use any medical services that you will be on a database somewhere. Of course it goes without saying that you will have to throw away all modern forms of communication such as your mobile phone and any internet connectivity that you keep in your own name.