Living Off-Grid, Really?!


| 2/8/2016 8:58:00 AM


Tags: off grid living, homestead planning, healthy families, Illinois, Aur Beck,

Traveling by Covered Wagon 

My name is Aur “DaEnergyMon” Beck, and I have lived off-grid with solar electricity as my source of power for 18 years. Growing up, I had unique parents that decided to live off-grid in a low-tech way and we moved to what I'm told it is the poorest County in Tennessee to set up a homestead.

I grew up with wood as a cooking source and heat, candles and kerosene lamps for light. We grew our own vegetables and we had chickens and goats for dairy. It was a very simple life. We didn't shun society in any way; we just picked and chose what parts of society we wanted to have inundate our lives. 

My dad decided that instead of working his whole life and saving up enough money to retire, he would retire while he was young and able. Basically my dad decided that instead of saving up enough money to travel he would live in vacation mode. He just simplified his life and somehow he convinced my mom to do the same.

My whole life, until I was about 20, consisted of us (my parents and myself were joined with 3 other siblings over the years) traveling by drawn covered wagon through a recorded 14,000 miles across 24 states. I have lived in 34 states and 4 countries now, where having “lived” somewhere consists of staying there for longer than 2 months. I have visited 45 US states and 9 countries that I can remember. 

In between trips where we worked our way around the country, we would homestead through winters in places with nicer winter weather — places like Alabama or Tennessee (where it also has a lower cost of living) and including one winter in Israel.




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