Florida Makes Off-Grid Living Illegal-Mandates All Homes Must Be Connected To Electricity & Water Grid

Living “off the grid” is a rather common thing in Florida, but now laws are threatening these people’s way of life. It is now illegal for them to live “off the grid.”

Robin Speronis a lady who chooses to live off the grid in Florida loves being independent of the city’s water and electric system. But, a few weeks ago officials ruled her home to be illegal! These officials cited the International Property Maintenance Code, which mandates that homes must be connected to an electric grid and a running water source. This means our dependence on the corporate world is mandatory. We have no choice, doesn’t sound like we’re so free after all no does it? Robin has been self-sufficient for quite some time now using solar energy and rain water. In the end, she was found not guilty of not having a proper sewer or electrical system but was found guilty for not being hooked up to an approved water supply, how crazy.


That’s like saying our dependency on corporations isn’t even a choice. The choice 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.

Speronis is still being hassled by the municipality of Cape Coral for not having a connection to city water, nor proper sewage. This is regardless of the fact that the city capped her sewers themselves.

Is living off the grid really illegal?

In essence, yes. To live off the grid means to not have to hook up to any corporate or municipal utilities. If a municipality makes it illegal to disconnect from any given utility, they are in essence making off grid living illegal.

“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


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Beyond the grid

We have a colossal potential; we are just not aware of it. Substantial living is not about giving up a particular type of life. You can still have all of the common things you just make them work differently. Living off the grid will cause corporations to lose control, and this is why people like Robin are given trouble to start with.  The human race does not need to be dependent on these corporations for basic needs in the manner we are now. 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 we can take into our own hands and do sustainably. We can’t wait for these corporations to come up with solutions, as they will likely be very profit oriented.

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

State hassle at it’s finest

Earlier this year the state of Texas brought in several different SWAT teams and  they entered a sustainable community in order to threaten to shut it down. All of the members of this community were handcuffed and kept at gunpoint. This community was called ‘The Garden Of Eden Community’ and was able to completely sustain itself. There are many instances of things like this happening, making it clear that the corporate establishment don’t want us living off of the land on our own terms.

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  1. webbermd says:

    Living off the grid and sustainably is possible with little impact to the environment. We are doing it, but we noticed regulations and codes are being put into place to prevent this independence for fear that people will not be responsible, to continue a source of revenue for the local government, and also entrap people into buying lobbied approved products to build their homes. Living off the grid is a modern approach to homesteading. People have survived for thousands of years without electricity and without grocery stores. To live off grid today, a person needs to relocate to an area with a supportive local government, which is becoming harder to find. Very strange to find such resistance for a culture that promotes green living and sustainability. https://livingasustainabledream.wordpress.com/

  2. Chewbunkie says:

    So they’re basing this off property maintenance code? I haven’t read that particular code, but I’m assuming when they wrote “must be connected to utilities”, they wanted to make sure property owners couldn’t screw over tenants or something else super simple. But now its being twisted because of the fear of losing money. I guarantee this doesn’t hold up in appeals.

  3. Liz says:

    Just because the home must be connected doesn’t mean you have to use utilities.

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