Off the grid or off-grid

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Off the grid means living in a state of self-sufficiency, not attached to, using or relying on public utilities. Off-grid is a synonym of off the grid, both terms may be used as an adjective or an adverb. People may live off the grid for many different reasons: (1.) they may live in a remote area where there is no service by public utilities (2.) they may wish to leave a small carbon footprint (3.) they may wish to live inexpensively (4.) they may wish to live independently of the general culture. In April of 2006, USA Today reported that nearly 200,000 families were living off-grid, and that the number had jumped 33% a year for a decade. The terms off the grid and off-grid came into use during the last half of the twentieth century. Before the twentieth century there was little grid to be a part of.


Going off the grid in Kate Humble’s rustic holiday home: A weekend in the Dordogne hut where the Springwatch celebrity relaxes (The Daily Mail)

But Friday, when he laces up his hiking boots, pulls his 40-pound backpack over his shoulders and takes his first step onto the Appalachian Trail, Quinter and his posse will go off the grid. (The Miami Herald)

But while costs have already plunged for solar and are reducing for storage, the economics are far from compelling, particularly for those wanting to move largely or entirely off the grid. (The Sydney Morning Herald)

The central and state governments have embarked on initiatives like rooftop solar projects, solar parks, standalone mini-grids for rural electrification and off-grid applications such as solar cookers, lanterns and others for producing maximum solar power in India. (The Indian Express)

Here’s the deal: the Oculus is an off-grid clubhouse with a passive solar design that will generate all its own heat and power. (The Washington Times)