Living off the grid isn't realistic for me at this point in time, but I still would like to incorporate some ideas from the off grid movement into my current house with the hopes of someday disconnecting for good. My main issue at this point is that I cannot create electricity for less than I can buy it from the grid, actually it's about a quarter as much by my calculations. My first plan to lessen my families dependence on the grid is to make the house as efficient as possible, while at the same time getting everyone used to not needing as much. The house is pretty old, so weather sealing and insulation will probably be first on the list this summer. The grid here isn't 100% so we do need back up power. For that I have a gas powered 5kw generator right now, that is enough to power our little house and the well pump easily. I'm also in the process of rebuilding and hooking up a Lister diesel engine with a ST5 generator head. When all this is done it will be a semi permanent installation complete with a long term storage fuel tank and all. We also plan to do a solar set up at some point, but it may not be for 10 years or more at this rate. I do have the beginning of a small set up to run my ham radio shack that is a deep cycle battery and charger, a small panel will go up for that one when I find a good deal. Here's a picture of the lister. Right now I have it on a trailer so that I could move it around, but after I get the frame built up that holds the radiator, starter/generator and starring battery I'll drop it into place. What steps are you taking towards being off the grid or less grid dependent?