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

off gridIt’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.




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

  1. In most areas if you generate electricity by wind or solar power you have to sell it to the electric company. Then by back what you use.

  2. Anyone ever hear of an outhouse?

  3. Inquiring Mind

    I hope Floridians fight this. I would contribute to the cause from here in CO. It’s not just Florida’s problem…this will spread like a virus.

    • Inquiring Mind

      So upon further research, it appears this is not a statewide code that bans off-grid living, but rather the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) was adopted by local the government where the house in question was built.

      Here’s a link to check where your state stands in adopting this code. It is part of the International Building Codes (Just look under the IPMC column): http://www.iccsafe.org/gr/Documents/stateadoptions.pdf.

      Some states have adopted this Orwellian code statewide, while others, such as FL, have allowed local governments to adopt it at will; hence the importance of not ignoring what your state or local government is up to, right?

      Did anyone hear about some guy in Oregon who was cited for illegally collecting rainwater “because it belonged to the state”?

  4. Gary

    In many states we have Amish, a Christian religious group who have been off the grid due to their faith. Does this prevent Amish from living in Florida. I do not think this would hold up in the courts, as they have been living this way for a long time responsibly.

    • Off-Grid In The City

      It’s only illegal to live off-grid if you are showing off on national media.
      There are hundreds of thousands of people who live off-grid. You don’t have to have solar panels and windmills and a bunch of unnecessary equipment in order to do so. Simply cancelling your utility accounts is all that is required to live off-grid.

  5. Toby Gamble

    this is insane I’m sorry but the state of Florida does not have the right to tell you what to do with your life and If bought a home there and wanted Solar panels on my roof then I would do it if they liked it or not. Going of the grid is the best thing to do. I plan on doing it this next year.

  6. Ned Ekdahl

    The only part of this which particularly worries me is “dealing with your own waste.”

    I’m not comfortable with individuals choosing what to do with their waste; that kind of thinking is what led to the massive disease outbreaks that made sanitation necessary in the first place. There’s an important service to humanity in general which comes from sewer and water systems which suppress disease; being part of the “grid” is an important aspect of that; it’s not perfect and it needs improvement but this strikes me as the same kind of dangerously rebellious mindset as anti-vaccination protestors. You are eschewing known and provable communicable disease controls because you think you know better and are subsequently endangering yourself and others by choosing an illusion of freedom from the system.

    We often hear calls for industrial polluters to pay for the problems they create. An outbreak of dozens of people randomly tossing their sewage and other waste products casually around is different only in current legal control over that behavior. One should not take corporate irresponsibility as a moral lesson in making others responsible for your problems – yet that is exactly what “living off the grid” encourages; if in no other way; than in irresponsibility for sanitation.

    It’s one of the foundations of our civilization that water should be safe in as many places as possible; it’s how we stop outbreaks of water-borne diseases and it is dangerously petulant to insist that you should not be obligated this responsibility because you disagree with the price structure.

    • bill

      Um the reason we had such massic outbreaks is not because people were taking it upon them selves to dispose of waist but because they didnt know that excrement carried so many diseases, theyd toss it in the back yard, out on the street… Now we understand what it is and how to handle it and if you think you need to pay someone to take care of it you’re miss informed.

    • Allex

      Ned, you are making an honest mistake, i hope :) “Dealing with waste”, in concious, contemporary terms, means managing your waste which does not have anything to do with tossing it randomly… Also, 100 years ago there was no “kind of thinking” at all related to this matter. Managing your waste also means controlling it which leads to less waste. It’s not possible for everyone in an urban residential area to have a septic tank but, otherwise, it’s a perfectly legal and tehnically sound solution. You have it at your cottage where there is no “grid”…

      Your attitude is that of a consumer :) You are used to the idea that services are good because you pay for them and they have to do the job so you literally do no have to worry about anytghing. And that’s OK and it’s a choice. If you would live on a farm you would probably think differently about anything from water to garbage. It’s funny that, really, no one has a problem with you if you’re dirt poor and can’t pay for your electicity or if you live in the country where there’s no sewer.

      The ONLY problem is only that “the system” needs a critical mass of subscribers for it to work and a trend where people get off the grid will raise the grid’s costs which leads to less revenue or having to raise the subscription costs which leads to more people getting off it.

      PS. Water was safe :) “Civilization” made it unsafe :) We are now spending enormous amounts of resources to “keep it clean”…

    • You don’t need to be hooked up to municipal sewage system to dispose of your waste safely.
      There are still many types if efficient septic tanks and feilds. There are different types of water closets that compost or incinerate your waste, safely and legally.
      As for your analogy using vaccinations, you are again sounding like a sheeple that blindly accepts what corporate America tells you. 46 vaccination with 14 different vaccines by the time a child is 6 definitely gives me cause to think there is falsehoods being told. They definitely are not injecting nutriants into our kids and for sure isn’t strengthening our immune system so its able to function the way it was designed to.

    • Debra Haworth

      You do not know about compost toilets then???

  7. jdmora

    Why not build up your solar panel, hook up to the grid, and make money off them?

  8. This is pretty sick stuff. Mandating lifestyle, regardless of any societal impact.

    So, Floridians, do some rsearch. Find state officials with unconnected hunting camps, etc.

    Then arrest em.

  9. The Koch Brothers, and energy company’s are the one’s who finance right wing politicians to get their votes to pass laws making living off the grid a crime. Or pass tax laws to discourage people from installing solar panels. They pour hundreds of millions of dollars into misinformation to lead you astray. The Koch Brothers/Energy company’s are the ones in charge. They are in charge of you. They are the ones that have the last say on how much you will spend on electricity.


    • Gary

      Thank you for your observation. Money and profits are the major obstacle of people who choose voluntary simplicity and choose to break the shackles of corporations. I suppose we all need to ask the question of why we are are here. The Koch Bros are here to fulfill their fathers dream (he was high in the John Birch Society) and create a land of Social Darwinism, but also be God in the whole process by making the rule with their power. It is discouraging that so many of the people they will hurting the most are rallying around the Koch in the name of “conservative values.” These are not “conservative values” of our Grandparents who cherished freedom. There are values to keep people under their thumbs to enable the rich to dominate.

    • Ron

      This is the most politically motivated comment
      on this site. The moment you threw out “the Koch Brothers” you revealed yourself as nothing more than a political troll on here. Do some research (it doesn’t take much) and you’ll find that there are far deeper pockets than the Koch’s that are heavily influencing elections. The Koch’s are WAY down the list of financial donors to political causes. And, if you take the time to do that little bit of research, you’ll next find that those “deep pocket” donors are mostly backing liberal/democrat politicians and causes…not conservative/republican politicians and causes. The problem of corporate power is not the domain of one political party. It is ENTRENCHED in both parties. If you cannot, or refuse, to see that, then I feel sorry for you. You are one of the people that this article is talking about.

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  12. bubba

    evidently a MORON jury did when they convicted the woman for not being connected to the electric grid. but somehow if you are a rancher with militia friends, you can do as you wish. SWAT only attacks the weak.

    • Age

      What do you mean by “as long as your are a rancher with militia friends, you can do as you wish”? So let me get this straight. Sen. Harry Reid calls Cliven Bundy supporters ‘domestic terrorists’. Are you getting the picture? This is a land grab, and it’s a similar situation as with Ms. Speronis, with government overstepping their bounds. This is true whether you agree with Bundy’s politics or not.

      You may want to find out the truth about the situation in Nevada. The BLM is attempting a land grab for corporate interests, and eventually Agenda 21. People have to put the pieces together and stop relying on CNN, FOX or websites like Snopes and Factcheck to find the truth. Dig a little deeper! Find out about the arrangement Bundy had with Clark County, Nevada BEFORE the BLM stepped in.



      If the people of this country cherish their freedoms, you are going to have to put aside your differences and your prejudices. This is part of the reason why things are falling apart in the U.S.

  13. I wonder if people will think this is fair.

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  16. Rob

    If no one works, who will make the new solar panels to replace the old ones or for the people who
    don’t have them yet????

    • We work for what we need, not money, for other things that can help unleash our full potential.

    • liquid

      So are you saying it should be law that people should work.. or that working makes us all free?

      • Kat

        People work because of a need for the job. That’s why working is called contributing to society, you are providing a service for the rest of your community. Sales people sell items that people need or want, factory or farm workers make those items, transportation and distrubtion workers move those products, specialists like contractors, electricians, plumbers, and ect install and maintain products… it’s not like companies are making you do a job for no reason, if it wouldn’t be necessary you wouldn’t be there because you would be a waste of money.

        • Companies exist to make a profit, not to fulfill needs within a society other than to keep the economic machine rolling. The society we created depends on this economic system to survive. Individual people do not have to maintain this economic system to survive. There are communities in the world that do not participate in this game we call civilized society. They have been surviving as cooperative communities for much longer than our system has been around. They do not worry with the accumulation of possessions. They do not take more than they need. They care for their young, old and sick. They work many less hours than most do in our system, and they spend much time relaxing and enjoying life. Their average life expectancy is about the same as that of members in industrialized nations, their health as individuals is often superior, and studies have found them to be much happier overall. They do not care about “wasting money” because they do not use money.

          • Awesome words!

          • Jeremy

            uh, what? Where do these self sustaining communities exist? I’ve been all over this globe in the nastiest of the nasty corners of it and I assure you the people there would absolutely LOVE a shot at civilized society. A chance of access to medicine, running water, education, food that isn’t crawling with infections, just ya know, the basic infrastructure that keeps our nation running. Their health is FAARRR from superior, and the average life expectancy is right around 55. If you get sick or infirm, sucks to be you, looks like your gonna die. Companies exist to provide a service or product, and the exchange of money is the by-product of that. We in this nation, choose to use currency as our primary means of trade, other wise the “corporations” would be rich in chicken feed and apples. Please show me a completely self sustaining community not utilizing or “taking away from” civilized societies that have all those things you mentioned. Cus as I said before most of the people world wide who are in those situations aren’t in it by choice. They’re in it simply because thats the cards that were dealt to them, and they either too poor to move, or are under immigration control by a higher class that uses them as pawns for warfare anyway.

        • Dylan

          Just stop and think about this Kat- With all of our progression in technology over the past couple of decades, our working week has not decreased its literally increased. As long as we continue to follow a system built around consumption and profit we will never be able to achieve our full potential. Do yourself a favor and watch the Venus Project on youtube. There is your answer.

    • Dave

      Ummm, YOU will. Before you go ranting about how much education you need to make one, probably should google “light women of Butan”

  17. shiner

    Solar power does not neccessarily mean solar panels. I get hot water from 20mm black irrigation pipe. which is more or less instant. I can also store it though i don’t need to by piping it into an insulated container. Similarly i can chill foodstuff by using evaporation by the sun by different methods. The easiest is an earthenware flower pot inside a slightly larger pot. The gap between the two pots is filled with wet sand. you put a lid on the inner pot which can be of a reflective material or simply wood painted white. The sun evaporates the water from the sand cooling the inner chamber. It’s a very old arabic system, it works, i’m not a terrorist.lol

  18. Cherie

    Proud to live off-the-grid. Not much of a choice in Volcano, Hawai’i.

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