Interested in off grid living? You too could be Living off the grid in the UK!
Why would anyone live off the grid in the uk? Well though most places are connected to both electricity and gas grids, off grid living is not a matter of choice for some. In fact off grid living is more widespread than you may think. There are lots of places where it is just not practical to connect 'the mains', classic examples of 'off the grid living'are outdoor pursuit centres, 'bothies' (simple accomodation for walkers and cyclists) and remote outposts such as weather stations and light houses. For some living off grid is a green lifestyle choice, fitting in with peoples ideals about the environment. Off grid living UK amounts to about 25,000 homes, and most of these properties will have some form of renewable energy.
Small and micro wind turbines work alongside solar PV and solar thermal to provide electrical energy and hot water to these homes. There is a wide range of property types, from self build eco houses to little more than log cabins housing one or two researchers. There are of course the previously mentioned light houses. If you find yourself considering the purchase of an off grid property (even a light house!) don't be put off – renewable energy from remote power can provide the answer to all your off grid needs.