Hey! Did anyone here happen to catch a segment of the Today Show a couple of days ago about a homesteading family living near Scottsville, Ky.? I'm familiar with the area,nice place. The segment started out talking about this couple who had the big house in the burbs and the 2 Volvos in the garage. Then the guy shattered his ankle and had some time to think about his life. He realized how little time he spent with his children and decided to do something about it. That was about 15 years ago, if I remember correctly. He sold just about everything he had and he, his wife, and 2 children moved to 100 acres in Ky. They now have 6 children. They grow most of their own food, built their house with hand tools, and appear to have healthy, happy children. They live on $4,000 per year. All this, plus the fact that the father taught all the children to play musical instruments, which caught someones ear, has now brought national attention to this family. They don't have electricity, but now have a website. They don't own a tv, but now have a music video. I found all of this very inspiring. My twin sons thought they were so cool. My teenage daughters were horrified. My oldest daughter insisted the kids were just smiling for the cameras, they could not really like living like that! My husband said he wouldn't mind as long as we had electricity. Some things are just easier with a power saw! Anyway, it got me to wondering how much cheaper could we really live. I already have chickens and a large garden. But we have some debt and a huge mortgage payment each month. Property in this area is outragous. I would love to live off the grid. Does anyone know how hard/expensive it would be to convert a house to solar power? I know the initial cost would be very expensive. Living here in Georgia, we very rarely lack sunshine. We have a very long growing season, too. Well, just something to dream/think about. My husband said after some of the kind of days at work he has had recently, living off the land doesn't sound so bad. I know him, that's just talk!