Something that really bugs me is it has to be 'either or' these days, apparently. People want to poke fun at trying to live more sustainably 'what, you going to turn Amish on us are you hahahaha'... well no, but I'm not going to be the 'Consumer Family' either. There is a middle ground, or even not in the middle but an option somewhere in between for us. (Have to say there's actually a lot about the Amish lifestyle that has merit, to me, but that's another post entirely) It doesn't have to be all or nothing.
So then I had another thought as I was dreaming/net browsing re properties for sale, land, bush... what 'our block' would ideally look like. So no we wouldn't be living 'Amish' (sorry, that's not the right term) but neither over the top. So we would have say, a laptop and net access, but we needn't power those through carbon-based power. We might have water coming out of a tap but it could come from our own collected water. We'd have a loo, but it might be a waterless one. You can live comfortably AND sustainably without entirely retreating from the 'modern' world if you don't want to. Certainly I prefer BPay over standing in line at the PO (ok I might have less bills to pay living almost-sustainably but it's a good way to communicate and find new ideas and information as well).
SO then I got to thinking (yeh, I'm getting there) about a conversation with someone about off-grid stand-alone power vs grid-connect solar. Pros and cons of each (cost, eco benefit for a start) etc But then I thought why does it have to be one or the other? If the utitlities are there to the boundary (and assuming the big one of course, that COST makes it possible) then why not do both? Have a stand-alone system that the household uses, but have a grid connect system that you don't use - you only feed back into - and get credit$ for. Let your sustainability earn you money. Now it was probably rather short sighted thinking because how, once your credit on your power bill gets into the hundreds lol will you 'get that money'. I guess they could send you a cheque... right? Anyhoo. So pondering out loud. Reiterating that it's not 'Amish' or 'high tech' as the only options. It's about balance. That's what sustainability is ALL about, for me - an achieved balance.