off-the-grid (OTG)

The term off-the-grid (OTG) or off-grid refers to living in a self-sufficient manner without reliance on one or more public utilities.

Off-the-grid homes are autonomous: they do not rely on municipal water supply, sewer, natural gas, electrical power grid or similar utility services. A true “off the grid” or “off-grid” house is able to operate completely independently of all traditional public utility services. The idea has been recently popularized by certain celebrities including Ed Begley, Jr.[1] who stars in Living With Ed[2] television show on the Home & Garden Television network. Actress Darryl Hannah also promotes “off-grid” living and constructed her home in Colorado according to those principles.[3]