Isolated From The World: Jonathan Taggart Explores Life “Off The Grid”

We are so lucky in our towns and cities, to have access to electricity and water supplies. It has become a first nature for us and we take advantage of it more than we need to.

A small percentage of the population however like to be more isolated in locations where they manage their own water supply and generate their own electricity. These people live “off the grid”…

This documentary was directed and written by Jonathan Taggart and is available to see at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle.

The plot

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Green Bank cabins, Canada

We see the lives of people living in remote, off the grid locations. They live a totally different lifestyle to one you would live in a city.

They live without connection to the national grid and therefore rely on wind and solar power to generate electricity. They set up, manage and maintain  their own clean water supply and know exactly where the water is from, and where it is going to. According to residents, It’s not an easy place to live, but they like it that way, as less people visit the area for tourism. Individuals believe that what they are doing is best for the environment and that by preserving resources, they can live in a future when non-renewable sources run out. As they produce their electricity supply, they are also more careful about how much they use.

Living somewhere so isolated allows you to know basic skills – skills that you lack when living in the city.

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Inventive homes and designs in order to avoid mortgages

Individuals in Quebec, Canada built their houses for themselves so they did not have to put a mortgage on it. One women constructed her house with soil filled tyres, and then covered them with plaster and wallpaper. Another man went even further and built his house with a mixture of straw, sand, clay and water. The compound was then waterproof, insect proof, animal proof and earthquake proof!

In Ontario, Canada, a couple would live on 5 hour’s worth of electricity, totalling 5kwh. Each kwh would be produced from one solar panel. They would also treat themselves to the hockey on television on an occasional saturday night, whilst grinding grain with an exercise bike!

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A warm and cosy kitchen in one of Novia Scotias “off the grid” homes.

In Novia Scotia, Canada they put their waste to good use and use it for fertiliserThe bodily waste is mixed with peat moss, changing the texture to a non-smelling, soil.

Advantages of Life off Grid

You can wake up and know that they don’t need to go anywhere and you can work in accordance with nature.

Tips for Life off Grid

“It is a way of thinking”

If you live on the grid, you need to balance the ecological  and practical benefits as this way of living is harder than you think! Basic DIY to building skills are essential to ensure that you can be fully independent.

For a clip of the film, you can visit http://lifeoffgrid.ca/ .

Recommendations

I found this film really interesting and I left, wondering if I would the guts to leave a city and live off the grid, and be able to survive. It clearly can be done, and from what I have seen, you can be happy anywhere, as long as you have all the necessities.

This documentary was a pleasure to see and I would recommend it to anyone.

So my question now is….

 

Could you live off the grid?

Let me know in your comments

Bye for now.

 

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