Living off the grid means various different things to different people. The true meaning of that lifestyle can mean making some extreme sacrifices. A person needs to be willing to provide up various of the modern conveniences such as cell iphones, wireless, electricity, and even running water. I guess that my bestie didn’t take all of that into account when she agreed to do this with me. At first, it felt care about an adventure. All of us loved the whole method of residing off the land, growing our own veggies, and not having to deal with the stress of modern life. Then, reality set in. Winter was approaching and the two of us needed a reliable heat source. Our small solar panels did not produce enough energy to run a heating system of any sort so the two of us decided to install a wood burning oil furnace. The cottage the two of us had built was too far off the grid to have a delivery maintenance give propane or fuel oil and wood was abundantly available. All of us called up an Heating, Ventilation plus A/C supplier in neighborhood and ordered the unit. All of us were lucky enough to have them come all the way out and install it. Winter arrived and the two of us realized how much of a pain it was to keep fuel loading into the oil furnace. All of us had to keep a schedule that included middle of the night when the weather got too cold. If there wasn’t a bed of coals to restart the component it would take over an hour to get the locale warm again. All of us couldn’t even go away overnight because the locale would be chilly when the two of us got home. All of us decided that residing “off the grid” left something to be desired after that first Winter and invested in a generator to run a more normal Heating, Ventilation plus A/C unit.