Live “off grid” as long as I can make a cuppa

narrowboat on the pontcysyllte aqueduct

A recent survey by Flogas said of 910 brits 85% of them have, at some point, considered moving away from the city to live “off-grid.”

I’m not surprised by this at all, we all seem to lead such hectic lives now and I think people do want to get away from it all and find some peace. But could you actually do it?

The closest we’ve come to getting away from it all is having a Narrowboat. Slowly cruising the canal at 4mph away from the hustle and bustle but It’s a real home from home with all the mod cons.

This is a slower way of life and lots of people live on their boats and it is an “off grid” way of living.

There is no mains gas, no mains electricity, the electricity is stored in batteries which are powered by the boat engine and the gas is bottled.

There is no mains water, water is stored in a large tank that needs to be filled. Sometimes no phone signal and 99% of the time NO WIFI. Even the TV is dependent on picking up a reception signal.

Shopping has to be done when mooring up at villages or towns. There’s no big supermarket shop as storage is limited on a narrowboat.

Here are the key findings:

Most people prioritise running water, electricity and gas for cooking and heating as top priorities, but around 8% don’t see them as a priority at all in a remote area.

80% of respondents think that living in a remote area would suit them.

Almost half of respondents would miss their smartphone within a week!

Running water was voted as the most important service, followed closely by gas and electricity.

Men were found to have more of an urge to break away from society than women (34% of men vs. 28% of women).

An impressive 77% of people are confident of their abilities to change a gas canister.

Gas is a high priority for 64% of people.

25% of people are confident of their ability to self-sustain, ranking a local shop as a low priority when living in isolation.

25% of millennials often want to get away from society.

I think as long as I could make a cup of tea I’d be happy.

narrowboat interior

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Survey supplied by flogas in collaboration


  1. December 30, 2016 / 22:18

    I’ve been on narrowboats and yachts alot (I sailed alot as a kid as i grew up near the sea) and I could definitely cope with living on either long term – also the idea of moving between places. I’m not so sure I could go off grid in just one place – but gosh your right about needing a kettle for a cuppa.
    Love Bec

    • Nortonmum
      December 31, 2016 / 18:28

      How lovely to be able to sail a boat. I would live on a wide beam barge as long as it had all the mod cons.

  2. Cheryl Schofield
    November 29, 2016 / 12:36

    I am, sort of, doing it! Well, nearly lol. Gas bottles for cooking, water from a spring etc In the Highlands of Scotland but with Most mod cons. Including Wi Fi,most of the time anyway. Next year, when our youngest trips off to University, all being well, we will hopefully go the whole hog!

    • Nortonmum
      November 29, 2016 / 19:39

      Wow, water from a spring, that’s amazing. You are definitely embracing the ‘off grid’ life. I really admire you.

  3. Tracey Williams
    November 28, 2016 / 20:14

    I think I could probably manage a few days, but no doubt I would miss my iPhone first. Having just gone through a week without heat, I think I would be ok with that. Microwave teddy bears and fleece blankets are the way forward lol x

    • Nortonmum
      November 28, 2016 / 20:24

      Fleece blankets are a must, especially if you lie on them. x

  4. Stephanie
    November 28, 2016 / 12:49

    As long as I can have wifi as well!!! That would defeat the object I guess but i’d still want that connection!

    • Nortonmum
      November 28, 2016 / 18:16

      It would be a lonely world without our wifi Steph : )

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