I lived off grid for 7 years, we had a well, 800 watts solar panels, 1.4 kw windmills and a 5kw generator. I could not have my mail delevired to a rural box because I was not connected to the power grig, had to set up a mailbox 1 mile up the road. Goverment can be a bit strange. The last time i checked it was 32k to get power to my place. I can run a generator for a lot of hours for 32k or buy a lot of panels.
AmaxB thats the way to go, I use solar for hot water in the summer and it helps a bit in the winter. I try to grow all my Veg as well and have managed quite well this year and have still not been to the shop to buy anything vegetable wise. I am looking at moving to Koro Island in Fiji when I get my finances worked out in the next year or so.
I wish you good luck what ever may happen.
I think governments can’t resist to urge to control because it justifies their existence. If the average citizen lived a more self-sufficient life and took responsibility for their choices it would become glaringly obvious that we have too much government. I can’t stand when people say “the government should do something...” – that just invites more incursion into our lives. It’s the reason why modern governments never, never ever allow new freedoms, they only seem to want to take freedoms away.