Tired of all those utility bills? Then you might want to try going off the grid in one of these cost-cutting houses.
Off the Grid
Tired of all those utility bills? You might want to try going “off the grid.” OTG refers to homes that are mostly or totally self-sufficient without relying on public utilities. These homes generate their own on-site heat and electricity using solar, wind or geothermal energy and get their water either from an on-site well, a stream, a lake or harvested rainwater. Thankfully, living OTG doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfort or style. Whether it’s a traditionally designed home or a more innovative and sustainable straw bale, rammed earth or monolithic dome style home, you can live well while being self-sufficient and making a low environmental impact. The number of households living OTG is growing every year in North America as it becomes an increasingly popular way for people to reduce their carbon footprint, assert their independence and avoid reliance on fossil fuels. These high-style OTG homes are on the market. Photo Credit: Ralph and jenny