Maui Blog - Georgie Hunter R(S): Have you considered off the grid living on Maui?

Have you considered off the grid living on Maui?

Have you considered off the grid living on Maui?

With increasing water shortages and power struggles with electric providers, many people are getting fed up with having no control over such basics necessities of life. We kind of take some things for granted when we own a home, such as clean and plentiful water, and a reliable source of power. But what happens when all that becomes unreliable?  Look no further than places like Flint Michigan, or Lake Powell to see that we can't keep on like this.  Shows like Unplugged Nation are letting people know that there are alternatives to what we consider normal housing.

435 Hoolawa Rd, Haiku HI 96708

435 Hoolawa Rd, Haiku HI 96708 - off-grid house and cottage on 1 acre

Why not have your own free source of fresh water? Water catchment systems work great in areas with high rainfall and clean air.  Here on the north shore of Maui many people rely on sweet rainwater for their household needs since it just falls out of the sky after coming over thousands of miles of ocean.  With a good covered holding tank you won't even need to add chlorine or other chemicals.

A water catchment tank and pump house

A water catchment tank and pump house in Haiku Maui

Do you want to have more control over your power supply and use more renewable sources such as solar power and wind?  It can happen when you live off the grid and have your own electrical system by using photo-voltaic panels and batteries to store the energy.  Wind turbines are also a reality than can combine with solar to provide incoming power both day and night. You won't have any more power failures or brown-outs unless you fail to maintain your own system.  Being independent is a really good feeling of security.

Wind turbine in Haiku Maui

Wind turbine in Haiku Maui

Off-grid living doesn't mean you have to do without what you're used to.  You can have a washer and dryer, a dishwasher, and other appliances. A swimming pool - sure, why not?  It's just a matter of scaling up the system to supply your needs.  Once you consult with an off the grid supplier you'll know what it takes to keep you powered up in style. Luxury homes  and humble cottages can all be completely self sustaining.

480 Puniawa Rd, Haiku HI 96708

480 Puniawa Rd, Haiku HI 96708  - an off-grid 3 bedroom house on 27 acres

Check out this Hawaii Life gallery of off-grid homes and land for sale on Maui, and let me know if there's anything you like.  I can provide more details about these properties and help you with your questions about an off the grid lifestyle.  We've been doing it for years!

And if you want to be featured on an episode of Unplugged Nation, please let me know and I'll do my best to get you on so you can show off some of my off-grid listings!

Free Air Water sign

Georgie Hunter R(S) e-Pro, Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers
161 Wailea Ike Place C-103B, Wailea HI 96753
127 Hana Hwy. #G, Paia HI 96779

direct: 808 283-0635

Comment balloon 12 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • March 15 2016 07:04PM

Comments

Sounds perfect.... I'll take one!
So beautiful who wouldn't love a life there?

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) over 2 years ago

WE have people live a few miles on the mountain with a great view. Other than electricity and private well they can not get phone or wireless service.  With satellite internet now they have phone service.   Before they drive a few miles going to a phone booth which has been vandalized. If you are Mr Goodman why not? If not I pass. 

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) over 2 years ago

I've never been to any of the islands.  That would definately be off my grid.

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) over 2 years ago

Georgie Hunter R(S) - now that's kind of living we lived in Indian villages....lol!

And yes, God has given us lots of free resources....some of them can be recreated.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 2 years ago

I like the idea of being "off grid" and do spend a good share of my time camped out either in our off grid office or in a camper in some far off forest.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) over 2 years ago

Btw, looking forward to checking out Unplugged Nation, sounds like an interesting show.  Thanks for sharing it!

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) over 2 years ago

If I were to choose any where on earth; it would be Maui Georgie Hunter R(S) 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Professionals.) over 2 years ago

 Good morning Georgie Hunter R(S) . What's there not to like about living in  Maui.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 2 years ago

Good morning Georgie. This is really neat. I live in western Massachusetts and in NY State and in Vermont there are big time water problems with contamination. Great post.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 2 years ago

Who wouldn't Georgie? It sounds like the perfect way to escape!

Posted by Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes (Waves Realty) over 2 years ago

Off the grid living is not for everyone, but I think it is a wonderful way to live and contribute to the health of the planet.

Posted by Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market (Home Jane Realty) over 2 years ago

Thanks everyone, I always appreciate your comments and feedback.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 2 years ago

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