Florida Makes Off-Grid Living Illegal – Mandates All Homes Must Be Connected To An Electricity Grid


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It’s no secret that an opposition to sustainable living exists. Earlier this year, Texas state brought several SWAT teams to a sustainable community and threatened to shut it down. Each one of the community members were initially handcuffed at gunpoint. It was called “The Garden of Eden Community,” and was totally self sustainable. You can read more about that here.

This time, it’s Robin Speronis that’s come under fire. She lives off the grid in Florida, completely independent of the city’s water and electric system. A few weeks ago, officials ruled her off-grid home illegal. Officials cited the International Property Maintenance Code, which mandates that homes be connected to an electricity grid and a running water source. That’s just like saying our dependency on corporations isn’t even a choice. The battle to live without most utilities has been ongoing for Robin, the self-sufficient woman has lived for more than a year and a half using solar energy, a propane camping stove and rain water.

In the end, she was found not guilty of not having a proper sewer or electrical system; but was guilty of not being hooked up to an approved water supply.

So what exactly is off grid living?

“It means living independently, mainly living independently of the utility companies. Providing your own power. It does not mean living in the stone age, it’s not about bush craft. It’s about generating your own power, your own water, dealing with your own waste. Probably as part of a community, not living on your own like a hermit. It’s also about being more self-reliant and being less dependent on the system. Perhaps realizing that the system isn’t really protecting us anymore and we have to look after ourselves.” - George Noory

Our potential as a human race is quite extraordinary, we just don’t realize it. Sustainable living is not about giving up a certain lifestyle, can still have all the modern amenities, design and beyond. Living off the grid wouldn’t be a problem, we have technologies that can generate over-unity power, we have technologies that can provide unlimited amounts of clean energy. I’m talking about free energy, which goes far beyond solar energy. We can have neighborhoods exactly like we do today, even better. They would be totally green, off the grid and self-sufficient.

The only problem with off the grid living is that corporations lose their ability to control others. With a completely self-sustaining life style, no body would ever have to work. What would happen then? Think about that for a moment. We would be free to expand and create, to discover our full potential as a race and move forward into the world of exploration and discovery, all the while living in harmony with nature, not against it.

We’ve accepted the monetary system, and deem it necessary for the proper function of society. Money doesn’t ever have to come in the way of necessity, we’ve just been made to believe that it does. It’s time for the human race to move past the concepts of competition and greed into one that benefits the whole.

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozled has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.” - Carl Sagan

 The human race does not need to be dependent on these corporations. While we continue to feed this dependency, the planet continues to suffer. In order to move forward, we must start cooperating with each other, and realize just how much potential we have to create something magical and amazing. Bottom line, anybody who has the desire to live off-grid should not be hassled for it, it should be a free choice.

Sources:

http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/the-stream/the-stream-officialblog/2014/2/25/florida-court-challengesoffthegridliving.html

http://www.offthegridnews.com/2014/02/22/court-rules-off-the-grid-living-is-illegal/

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  3. Author lied. Florida did not outlaw being offgrid. This woman was stealing services and not paying for them.

    • nature

      care to back up that accusation with a link or four? If my question seems like I doubt you then you perceive it correctly. back up your statement with proof and I will reconsider my stance on this and very likely change my mind (if what you say is true).

    • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/patrick-j-kiger/want-to-move-off-the-grid_b_5093978.html
      She was not hooked up to anything ..so no not stealing…she was collecting rain water…and using solar..was she stealing sunlight and rain? The city was forcing her to tap in to the grid

  4. GUY

    Just food for thought: if everyone lives “off-the-grid,” will that also include major industrial shutdown also? no transportation of any kind except horse drawn? what about hospitals? manufacturing of medicine’s and antibiotics? disaster relief? Espousing off-grid living is much easier when you know you have an existing infrastructure to fall back on.

    • Truth

      Uhm….. we can still tax commodities and luxury for things like that, we just don’t need to pay for water and all important oil anymore. We still need roads and schools… did you even read the article? I will still buy a car and a tv…and I can still work at a factory that makes computers or whatever and drive a car to get there…. I just wont have to pay a dirty company for electricity that came from an unsustainable source anymore. That’s all.

      People like you hold back progress by inwardly demonizing things you don’t understand rather than outwardly questioning them, and for that I hate you.

      • GUY

        Wow… think you’re jumping to conclusions there whoever you are…
        Demonizing? hardly, just asking some pertinent questions.
        You hate me? really? because you took one internet comment I said, jumped to a bunch of conclusions (inaccurate and ill founded ones at that), and assumed that I don’t know what the article is talking about….

        I did read the article, I also did some research on the actual facts and realized that the author grossly misrepresented the actual situation, starting with the TITLE of the article.

        Seems like you are unable to have an intelligent conversation about legitimate issues with what this article is about. I’m sorry you are so quick to jump to conclusions, so quick to use strong words, and so quick to HATE, best of luck to you and winning people to your cause.

        Oh and by the way, I have likely lived more off the grid than anyone you know, being that I have done multi month, off-the-land backpacking endeavors.

  5. Arthur Dent

    YIkes. Not this woman again. The man who she says “gave” her the house says she forged the deed and sold the a/c units without permission, and her real estate license was revoked for stealing $40,000 in client deposits.

    She wasn’t persecuted for not buying grid power, and Florida doesn’t have a law saying no one can live “off the grid,” unless “off the grid” includes no sanitary water and theft of sewer services.

    She was using the municipal sewer system without paying for it by dumping “rainwater” in the toilets. She has no septic and no well, and therefore no safe water or sewer system.

    She is an apparent criminal playing environmental / off-grid sympathies like a million tiny green violins. Perhaps it’s time to stop repeating her self-serving story without even looking at what’s actually going on.

    http://www.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com/page/content.detail/id/528416/Owner-of-Cape-real-estate-company-has-license-revoked.html

    http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-07-10/off-the-grid-in-florida-robin-speronis-fights-municipal-code#p4

    • lowflyin

      Now, now Arthur. Don’t go quoting such damning sources. You have find ones that have a slant toward the articles agenda.

  6. Lacolle

    Now, ask yourself this, “If Al Gore is pushing to “Save the Planet” with Global Warming from pollution and all the things that big corporations are polluting the ozone with, to live off the grid, is THAT not the purpose of the Global Warming scam?” Maybe we should ask Leo DeCaprio, as he was just named the U.N. speaker for saving the planet.

    If everyone lived off grid, they would no longer have pollution and the people would no longer need Al Gore to lie to everyone, saying the sky is falling.

    But wait, Gore has plans to “charge money for the pollution cap and trade”, so therefore, they want to stop everyone from saving the planet, by living off the grid, because Al Gore and all the big business that is polluting the world, would go broke.

    Al Gore was also charged as being the biggest polluter in the world, when he was running his strip mine operation in Tennessee. He dumped, in just one year alone, over 19 million tons of very toxic waste on the ground, in the water and air. He also threatened 5000 peoples lives, by polluting the water plume that they were getting their drinking water from, yet we should listen to him about saving the planet?

    Man, that’s a tough decision. It’s so hard to figure out, we need more “Rocket Scientists” to think for all of us dumb blokes that can actually make a huge difference in saving the planet, almost eliminating pollution and green house gas and be 1000 times healthier, because all the magnetic waves that cause cancer from the power lines on the grid would be shut down.

    And to think, we have Al Gore, Obama and Leo DeCaprio to tell us how we should live? Now you have city officials following in their footsteps and pushing this?

    People, it’s time to stand up and put these “Gold Diggers” back in their place and take charge of our OWN lives!!

    It’s not that hard to do or see, especially, when it’s all right there in front of your face.

    • Lacolle

      Living off the grid is the BEST THING ANYONE COULD EVER DO!!

      It is the SMARTEST AND MOST POSITIVE THING you could ever teach your children!

      Start protesting and fighting the city officials forcing you onto the grid. They are only after money and control.

      Are you really wanting to let the government tell you how you will live?

      I thought this was America, NOT Russia, Africa or Iraq and Iran.

      • Truth

        You were way off from the point he was trying to get across.

      • Thomas

        This is america, the land where I don’t have to be told by ANYONE what to do. And for the record, she was only guilty of not having proper clean water sources, and dumping her grey water (rainwater) into the septic system

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  8. dchealthcoach

    I wonder if this has anything to do with the Smart Meter campaign… and dirty electricity they are sending into the house and potentially have privacy issues…

  9. Good piece, until you mentioned free energy. That was pretty clueless.

    • It’s a misnomer, but I think it’s just referring to energy that you generate yourself, rather than energy that you purchase from a gas/electric company.

  10. nonyabusiness

    I would tell them to STUFF IT!

  11. You can still be self sufficient just have your city’s power hooked up to maybe a light bulb that gets turned on for only 1 minute each month, same with water, have that hooked up but run it for about a minute. The rest can be self sufficient.

    • Yeah, only problem is the service charge JUST to be hooked up. My bill always has $15 of regulation fees and other bullshit.

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  13. RJB

    I want the building plans to those little houses!

  14. Robin Speronis, we welcome you to Uganda. Come and show us how it works, it’s a reality here being off-grid.

    • Nah, your country is too “modern” phobic.

  15. Joshua Stinson

    Utility companies are not all corporations. SMUD in Sacramento is citizen owned, not for profit. So put up a meter and don’t use it via Solar power….

    • that’s pretty cool that it is citizen owned.

    • Usually need to have a permit and have the panels up to code for solar power generation and then they only approve you if you agree to hook up to the main supply so they can track how much you are generating. They then try to buy it back from you.

  16. Carrying basic PL&PD insurance makes sense because you are protecting the other person when an accident occurs.. Be hit by somebody with no insurance then tell us how you feel when you have to pony up the cost of your repairs or injury..

    • Bill

      if you have your own insurance, you don’t ‘pony up for your own repairs or injury’. There’s a clause in your insurance for that…it is called “uninsured/under insured driver”. If you have to ‘pony up’ it’s because YOU don’t have insurance…..

  17. BCPunk

    Any links to actual information on this subject? Why are there only links to other websites that are saying the same things? How about actual interviews (not text only) from the parties involved? This article is so far from journalism that it’s appalling. There is so much anec-data in this article but very little substance. How about linking to the actual mandate? Give the viewers REAL information, not quotes and jibberish. My goodness, you’d think the owners of this website are only doing this to bring people to this site for ad revenue or something. HMMM!! I guess that is what you can expect from Canadian website. I call complete BS until actual, factual information is provided to the public.

    • It’s an opinion piece; they don’t need to spell it out for you. God forbid you should have to do some digging for yourself

      • Bill

        AMEN!!! Marlee

    • Instead of being the kind of person who obviously just calls bullshit on everything, and dissing the website and where it’s located, how about stop being lazy, and do some research yourself…

    • EMc

      http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-07-10/off-the-grid-in-florida-robin-speronis-fights-municipal-code#p3

      The reply above this one gave this link, which details the actual code violations.

      • WilliamsS89

        It is actually the writer of the articles responsibility to provide relevant sources. Would it not have been much easier for you to just post a link that provides the info instead of making snarky remarks? BCPunk has a valid point no facts are proven in this article you have to find the information on your own… This I would never consider a credible source due to not having that info. I mean come on it is the first thing they drill in your head in college, cite a credible source and have three at minimum, or no one will take you seriously.

        • Bill

          I’m not sure those were snarky remarks they made…you will need to provide three credible sources to prove that….

    • David

      BCPunk – NOt sure if it was added later but when I read it the “mandate” link was included – http://publicecodes.cyberregs.com/icod/ipmc/2012/ However publiccodes cyberregs says absolutely zero about needing to be connected to “The Grid,” as if if they’d use that term in any rules & regs. I read the news links that EMc & Dan shared. WTF EMC & Dan, both your sources directly contradict this article.

      From what I gather none of this audience has bothered to read any of the available news sources…but that hasn’t stopped them from forming strong uninformed opinions. I fear for democracy.

      Not an ounce of truth in this report. This and similar shite serve the enemies of progress.

  18. First, the entire nation went along with mandatory dealings with the insurance industry to own or operate a vehicle without a fight, so now electric company lobbyists are pulling the same strings on the same puppets to make criminals out of individuals, families and entire communities that are unwilling to become indebted to them. We are a nation of fools being run into the ground by thieves.

    • Hemp the wonder plant

      Although I am a strong advocate of freedom I can kind of see what trouble could arise from allowing just ANYONE to live off the grid (especially those with children).
      I think the more proactive solution would be to license people so that the state has a piece of mind the people are capable of surviving off grid.
      (rather then just make it a crime).
      If they cant do this, then it simply means they have another agenda in store.

      • elizabeth hollingsworth

        i don’t see how it’s the government’s business what ppl do on their own land in reference to being off grid (no drug making or growing, of course). why especially with children? living off grid and off the land is the best childhood a child can have. r u saying that living off grid is dangerous/unhealthy for children??? how could eating fresh veggies & meat and getting fresh air and exercise and time away from electronic gadgets be unhealthy?

        • Renee

          Correct me if I’m wrong, Hemp, but I think the “especially with children” comment is a we-shouldn’t-allow-basements-because-abusive-parents-could-trap-their-kids-down-there argument. …sad, sad, slippery slope thinking that unfortunately strips parental rights but with the intent of helping prevent abuse.

      • Hmm I never realized children needed to be plugged in and charged which is the only reason you could logically argue that off-grid living was bad for children. The health of people isn’t affected when their lightbulbs are 12 volt not house current. This is greed plain and simple the building code print’s slums and shanty towns like in the third world countries it wasn’t designed to prevent off-grid homes.

      • ace

        How do you propose carrying out and enforcing the licensing process? Will licensing include the Amish? Even better idea stay out of my business and I’ll stay out of yours. If you find the data that shows the damage that occurs to children that live off grid then we can talk….

      • Amanda spraggs

        That is a little bit communist if you ask me….if I don’t need utilities, I shouldn’t have to pay for them. Maybe a code inspection, but certainly not a license to be “off the grid.” That kinda of defeats the purpose.

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