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With more and more people feeling overwhelmed by the stresses of an inner-city life, many people are switching to an ‘off-grid’ lifestyle. This self-sufficient lifestyle disconnects you from the electricity grid, water supply and gas mains, whilst allowing you to live a more cost-effective, and eco-friendly lifestyle.

If switching to a more sustainable lifestyle is something you’re considering, Insulation Express have uncovered four simple steps to help switch to an ‘off-grid’ lifestyle, whilst staying in the city.

4 Simple Ways to Improve Your Life by Living Like You’re Off-grid

Whilst you may not be able to dig your own water well or create Wi-Fi where it isn’t available, there are some fairly simple adjustments you can make to create a more sustainable way of living and save money.

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  1. Use solar panels instead of electricity
    One of the most popular methods for a household to create its own electricity is by using solar panels. With government grants and incentives, the one-off installation fee can be minimal. And you’ll be saving on your regular monthly bills too.

2. Switch to a wood burning stove instead of gas
Although buying and installing a wood burning stove comes with an initial cost, the investment will be well worth it. Go for a new, eco-friendly burner and you’ll be reducing particle emissions by 90% compared to an open fire and 80% compared to an old stove type.

3. Rely on free wi-fi instead of broadband
We’re so used to being “connected” every second of the day, but it’s really not necessary. Unless you need to be online for work or your gaming or TV and movie streaming is an essential part of your life, then the internet doesn’t need to be something you pay for. Many coffee shops and public places now offer free Wi-Fi, so the ability to get online has never been easier. If you need access to a computer, there are also lots of internet cafes or libraries that allow you to log on for free.

4. Use water saving techniques
Simple and easy steps like reusing bath and dishwater for the garden, fixing dripping taps and using a water-saving showerhead can save even more. A water saving kit, usually consisting of 5 methods is available for free from most water authorities. You just have to contact them and ask for it. These kits regularly save households an average of 37,000 litres of water per year.

Off-grid Living is Great for Your Wellbeing

As well as saving the environment and costs, living off-grid can also benefit your mental health. Even if you can’t sustain an off-grid life entirely, introducing elements of it will mean getting away from the constant use of technology and spending more time on yourself. Enjoying hobbies will help you appreciate experiences rather than things and growing your own veg will increase your awareness of consumption.

Living like you’re off-grid helps you:

  • Reduce your social isolation
  • Improve your physical and mental health
  • Boost your self-esteem and confidence
  • Increase your resilience
  • Improve your sleeping pattern
  • Reduce your anxiety

While living off-grid can look daunting, there are a lot of benefits that can be incorporated into the modern-day world. Despite technology often being seen as the enemy of this style of living, it’s actually making it a lot easier, with many gadgets and initiatives helping people to recycle, save waste and live a more economical and sustainable life. With so many benefits and multiple ways to get started, maybe it’s time to give the off-grid lifestyle a try.

Photo by Oskars Sylwan on Unsplash

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