Looking to reduce pollution? Having paranoid visions of a looming apocalypse? Becoming energy independent has many potential benefits, but going off the grid can be complicated.
This info graphic from the Institute for Energy and the Environment (via inhabitat) explains it all. The steps to living off the grid include cutting power use, finding alternative energy and water sources, and producing your own food. Simple, right?
Lower electricity consumption can be achieved by installing better insulation, buying energy-efficient appliances and, as President Jimmy Carter will tell you, turning down the thermostat. Further reductions are possible with compact-fluorescent lightbulbs, efficient appliances, and surge protectors.
The next step is finding alternative sources. This can be accomplished by installing water collection and cleaning equipment, and green-energy sources like solar panels, or even a small wind turbine.
Finally, you’ll need to produce your own food. According to the graphic, food production and consumption accounts for 19 percent of the fossil fuels burned in the U.S. Starting a garden and raising a few chickens could have a big impact, then.