If you can’t afford the up front cost of going off the grid how about turning to clean energy resources for your energy needs now.
The up front cost of going self-sufficient may be to much and with most tax and rebate incentives expiring, the help that was there is disappearing fast, using mass produced alternative energy may be the way to go for you.
You can go to the US Dept of Energy to find the alternative energy sources available to you. Being self-sufficient will be great when it can be achieved by all of us who want it, but with the roadblocks we face to do that at least we can feel better about the energy we consume while trying to attain this goal.
Another benefit could also be as more demand for these types of energy sources become more in demand then price should fall. Hence the $1 per watt solar panels that are due to be in production soon. So you can look at the use of these energies as an investment for bringing down the cost for you later. Since there can be no quick and easy method to changing your lifestyle or the world we live in we hope that by more and more of us, together or separately, changing the effect on and in our environments will be felt and seen.
Changing ourselves is truly the only sure way of making the world a better place for us and our children. Good luck and borrowing from the Iroquois the belief “In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.” We do admit that we found this quote on one of our favorite brands of non-toxic household supplies Seventh Generation.