live off the grid

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live off the grid

1. To live without one's home connected to municipal utility systems, such as the water supply or the main electrical grid. I just need to get enough solar panels installed to disconnect from the city's electricity supply and I'll be able to live completely off the grid.
2. To exist outside of governmental observation; to be untraceable through any means of commerce or communication that could be linked to one's identity. Fearing for his life, the whistle-blower from the intelligence agency was forced to live off the grid for a number of years, eschewing anything that might leave a digital footprint for someone to find.
See also: grid, live, off
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Your only other option for backup power is a big bank of batteries, and anyone who has lived off the grid can tell you what a hassle they are.
Author and educator Dan Fink has lived off the grid, high in the Colorado mountains, since 1991.
We lived off the grid on the property for 4-1/2 years.
From April of 1996 until May of 1999 we lived off the grid.
I had 20 acres in Western Pennsylvania were I gardened and canned, raised goats, pigs and rabbits and essentially lived off the grid via a 1930's wind generator.