Retired Couple Living Off-Grid Shares Their 8-Year Experience

Exploring Alternatives

Jan 31, 2020

In this video we’re meeting Art & Mary, a retired couple who set out to build an energy efficient and allergen-free home, and ended up living fully off the grid!

They have a massive solar power system for the majority of their electrical needs, they process all their own firewood, grow and forage a lot of their own food in the summer, and they collect rainwater for watering their garden!

Art and Mary are a really inspiring couple and it was interesting to sit down with them to find out why and how they’re thriving in their off-grid lifestyle.

The house is built with Durisol Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF), it’s super well insulated and has triple glaze windows, which helps keep the heat in during the cold months, and keep the heat out during the warmer months.

They mainly heat with their wood stove, but they also have in-floor heating that is controlled by multiple thermostats throughout the house. The building code where they live requires an automatic heat source that can come on even if no one is home, and they also know that one day they may not want to cut as much firewood.

For now, they harvest and process all of their own firewood themselves, cutting down trees in winter, and cutting them in the spring.

3 thoughts on “Retired Couple Living Off-Grid Shares Their 8-Year Experience

  1. If you’re rich like them, you too can buy-build a new house and buy system upon system to luxuriously live “off-grid” — but CLOSE to full-on-grid civilization so you can pay people to maintain and repair this conglomeration of short-life components.

    Example: solar panels lose 10% of their efficiency every year, which does not count for physical damage that may occur from storms, ice, etc. Since, even when new, they never work to full efficiency stated on their labels, you have to think about replacing them after five years. And they don’t clean themselves, either.

    Example: solar systems must have a bank of batteries to store the electricity and dole it out for use. As the man said in the video, their first bank of batteries lasted only six years.

    I like off-grid examples that are simple, effective, sustainable, and actually doable for us real people of modest means, not those who deliberately or ignorantly promote materialism and luxury-worship — both of which fit the (((enemy))) agenda.

    1. Goddamn right!
      This is not regular folk taking to the hills. These are the invaders. No doubt anti-gun proud communist voters. When the shit goes down they will probably be eaten. I hate rich people who make their millions destroying one place that was somebody’s f-king home so they can have their paradise where somebody else used to camp. F-k the rich. That f-king bobcat is worth more than anything I have ever owned, and these “off gridders” wouldn’t make it a week up in the real wild without bringing the 21st century with them. Wonder how many people they f-ked to get the riches to become so called off gridders.

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