Living off-grid has been an intrinsic part of human life until fairly recently when the majority of people have been cooped within urban environments.
Needless to say, this gave the ruling class better control over their subjects and tighter reins on do’s and don’ts.
Corporations are now tending to all our day-to-day needs, and are literally putting food on your table.
It sounds like a great concept in theory, but it all comes at a great cost. Be them financial reasons, ideological, environmental, political or simply because some of us crave a simple existence, especially now that technology is here to aid us with this endeavor.
Due to the aforementioned, a gradually increasing number of Americans (and others across the globe) are opting for off the grid living.
Besides the breathtaking view that you may experience each day on rewind, there are countless other reasons why you would like to live like this.
However, the U.S. government is not so pleased with you living independently, especially because you don’t have to empty your pockets to feed the monopolistic corporations that have covertly enslaved us.
There is good reason why they want to stamp down on this “tiny home” movement that has gained so much traction in the past few years.
You see, these houses are usually no larger than 500 square feet, meaning that you won’t have to tie yourself to larger home expenses.
You will breathe relieved, not only because of the fresh air, but also because your daily expenses will plummet.
Since these houses are so tiny, you can become self-sufficient on many fronts.
- You can install solar panels or a wind turbine and have your electricity needs covered.
- You can collect rainwater and purify it through simple means.
- You can build your own rocket stove and fuel it for free using what the natural environment has to offer.
- You can live and work remote, enjoy beautiful and unique scenery, and overall become a better version of you since there’s no more financial or social pressure.
Of course, this lifestyle is not for everybody. Some people are attracted by the city buzz like moths are attracted to lightbulbs.
And the government wants us all in the same pot, reason why they have tangled those idealists who seek this self-sustaining way of living.
First off, in order to have a property with a single-family house, you need to have a minimum square footage, as provided by the law.
Additional tiny houses need to be linked to this main conventional property so it can legally exist.
Furthermore, laws of different states have mixed things up even more by forcing all individuals who wish to own a residential property to have it hooked up to utilities.
Considering that tiny houses can be self-sustainable, this measure sets a tripwire for whoever wishes to go off-grid.
Even more so, choosing a remote spot for living will often mean no utilities, because conventional services are hard to come by in the woodlands.
To motivate these oppressive measures, lawmakers have claimed that, by giving green light to the construction of tiny houses will result in a wave of “unsightly little cabins plunked down next to traditional homes.”
In some cases, lawmakers have gone a bit absurd, like in Los Angeles where tiny residences have been labeled as a threat to public safety.
This is no surprise, as the U.S. government (as most governments after all) has always met innovation that threatens to weaken the influence and area of operation of big corporations (like oil, energy and banks) with keen eyes.
To highlight an example, just last year in the state of Nevada, solar energy customers have seen a whooping 40% tax increase for this kind of renewable energy, ultimately leading to a forfeit of solar companies in Nevada and redirecting consumers towards the monopolistic energy giant NV Energy.
Even so, this rapidly increasing movement of tiny houses and off-grid inhabitants is likely to persevere.
It’s true, you might want to seek another state that’s more inclined towards off the grid living.
In Detroit, for instance, Americans are actually encouraged by the government to adopt this way of living and proceed with building these lovely tiny houses.
What the future has in store for us remains to be seen, but one thing is clear: proponents of this hybrid lifestyle won’t give up their rights without a fight.