In order to give you some background, let me start with : Willem and I lived in
India in 2008. India has electricity 2 hrs a day, every part of the country
gets it, and in that time you pump water to your water tank, you fetch
water from the water drinking tap and you charge your cell phone.
All of this takes planning, discipline and tolerance.
When we started to consider going off the grid, we
had some planning behind it.
Simplying life : was the KEY
So, it was NO more kettle, electric blanket, refrigerator, no watching series
every night, no going online everyday. The necessities we discussed were
Gas for food, Gas for hot water, Generator for all the other things like :
A blender, the washing machine, power driven tools which makes
building easier and my computer of cause.
You begin to discern that having electricity is a luxury and not a
necessity. YES, I know, don’t curse me.
I am learning that I am living fine without it.
We donated a box of things we don’t need to the SPCA shop the other day,
it felt nice. A release.
We go to bed at sunset as it is dark and there is no appliances running,
we live in silence. I can hear the stream gushing with water.
I can hear the wind blow. I can see the stars at night.
The Earth and its resources I believe can be valued and treasured, even
nurtured, so we have its magic for a while longer.
May this make you reconsider a few things ? luxury or necessity?