Off the grid living, the next step.

In our ever-evolving world, it is important to understand potential benefits of off the grid living. There are possibilities of low consumption and low impact living, and this really peaks my interest. I first heard about off the grid living when my neighbor bought a house completely removed from all aspects of society: including sewer, phone and electricity.

I find the ideals of off the grid living important to consider. The most attractive quality of off the grid living is the freedom from bills. But this comes with potential problems.

Although there are many pros to this spur of the moment type of lifestyle, there are also cons such as no electricity or working sewers. People who live these types of lives are content with the basic options they have available. Such as the fact that when they are going to use the bathroom, they must either go to an outhouse, or use a bio/composting toilet. Both of these options seem archaic to someone is used to a sewer and flushing toilet. Some say that the largest con of going off the grid is the fact that the batteries that are used to power what little electronics they have are inefficient and do not hold a candle to the power and capabilities of a city’s power grid. Either way, I think off the grid living could be the future of some of our communities.

Even if our communities do not eventually turn into hyper efficient use, I can be sure that the skills that Ms. Oropallo have taught will not be soon forgotten. Not only has she taught us how to build effectively, but also how to have an effective process of work. I think that if we had more teachers that were eager to interact and work with the students, our overall high school environment would be more cohesive and productive.

By: Cameron Taylor

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