John McCarter is 77 years old and has been living without mains electricity at his home at Downhill, Londonderry county, for 29 years. He explained that he has been having a drawn out dispute with his landlord and a family member about getting mains electricity connected to the property. When I was growing up, my grandfather lived in a small cabin in the woods with no electricity or running water.
Apart from a short time in a house with central heating, I have lived without heating all my life (I am 51). Whether you are passionate about 'getting off the grid' or simply know that you are going to have to deal with a power outage in the near future, you are going to have to know how to live without electricity.


The mains supply is just at the end of his garden but, while the dispute continues, John remains without electricity relying instead on coal fires and candles as temperatures drop.
Perhaps because of his Spartan living conditions, John is an incredible healthy, fit man for his age but the freezing temperatures he is living in for yet another winter are taking its toll. While it might sound unnatural to live without all the electrical items that play a large part in our lives, living without electricity has been something humans have done since the dawn of man.
If you are planning on living without electricity, then you are going to have to find other ways to power your home without the help of electricity companies. If you do not have a fireplace or wood-burning stove, you should seriously consider building one, especially those of you living in a cold climate.


With determination, a positive attitude, and a bit of ingenuity you too can live without electricity, be it for just a day or the rest of your life.
My mother lived in similar conditions (although without running water, electricity or gas either) all of her life.



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