To most of us, going "off the grid" sounds like an extreme, almost impossible, sort of utopian green idea. However, in some corners of the U.S., people are making off the grid living a reality. Lots of people -- and, apparently, they aren't exactly skimping on creature comforts.
In the most recent episode of HGTVs Extreme Living, the show profiles a number of people living in Earthships, off the grid homes built using recycled materials.
Re-nest reader conflictedthimble had this to say about the program and the Earthships in general:
They use rainwater as their primary water source, and solar as their electricity. They are essentially off the grid. The best part? They still use lights, internet, cable, etc! I mean, it's extreme, but not so much that i didn't seriously consider it! I lived in phoenix for a few years, so this didn't seem like much of a stretch at all...
We missed this episode of HGTV's Extreme Living, but we've been enjoying the quick slideshow of images -- and, for anyone still interested in Earthships, here's a video on the topic from CNN:
(Conflictedthimble, thanks for the tip!)