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.
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According to the synopsis (via (http://www.spoilertv.com/2016/10/supernatural-episode-1204-american.html) SpoilerTV) , this devout religious family lives off the grid. The brothers realize that the parents are hiding a huge secret that could destroy them all.
The Survivalist lives off the grid, and by his wits, but when a starving woman and her teenage daughter discover his forest refuge, his loneliness drives him to overcome his suspicion and strike a bargain with them in return for bed and board.
In summary, perhaps Heather should consider having fresh vegetables shipped to her mountaintop home, and invest her funds in something that could make her more money than it would cost her to keep up a greenhouse where she lives off the grid. A hydroponic greenhouse is more costly than a traditional greenhouse.
A former military investigator who lives off the grid, Reacher reluctantly agrees to help defence attorney Helen Rodin (Pike), but finds himself in the middle of a deadly conspiracy.
Her obsessive practice brings to mind a wide range of artists--from Danica Phelps to Yayoi Kusama to Hanne Darboven to Bridget Riley--and, like Martin, who spent nearly forty years in Galisteo, New Mexico, Jane lives off the grid in a small community outside of major art-world centers, laboriously, if idiosyncratically, painting.
NINE MONTHS OF THE YEAR, BRAD TITO lives off the grid, just a mile from downtown Prescott, Ariz.
Rex lives off the grid with his wife, LaVonne, in a hand-hewn log home in the Colorado foothills.
Rex lives off the grid with his wife, La Vonne, in a hand-hewn log home in the Colorado foothills.