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So, you're thinking about going off the grid -- saying goodbye to public utilities and creating your own energy. Whether you're doing it to be "greener," to save money or out of a general desire to be less beholden to utility companies and the government, there are endless variations to living this type of lifestyle. It doesn't necessarily mean building a yurt in a forest and homeschooling your children by candlelight; plenty of people keep their flat-screen TVs and Internet access and go off the grid by adding solar panels and installing water and septic systems to their existing homes.
Regardless of how you're planning to do it, going off the grid is a huge step -- it'll mean major changes, even if you're staying in your own home. And if you are moving the whole family to a one-room cabin in the desert, your new lifestyle will produce lots of quality family time, which is probably one of the reasons you're going off the grid in the first place. No matter what, it'll be an amazing learning opportunity for everyone.
Although you're gung-ho about going off the grid, your kids might be a different story. Little ones might not blink an eye, but older kids will be a harder sell. You'll need to convince them that they'll be able to survive without 20-minute hot showers and unlimited Facebook access. Here are five tips on how to get your kids on board with going off the grid.