Living off the grid

CREATED Nov. 14, 2013 - UPDATED: Nov. 14, 2013

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FOX 4 News - Imagine freeing yourself from your monthly utility bills. No FPL payment, no LCEC, no water, no sewer. But it also means doing without luxuries like air conditioning. It's called living off the grid. And more and more people are doing it.

"My message was to create, so I created a happy place... a place where I get up, and I'm like this is beautiful," says Robin Speronis.

Her home is a modest place, with new paint and a garden in the works.

"Most everything you see in here was free or donated, or bought for next to nothing," she says.

Inside you'll find the basic necessities, but not all of them. No fridge, no oven, and no running water or electricity either. Robin lives off the grid.

She cooks her food on a propane camping stove. And gets her water from rain barrels. She uses a colloidal-silver generator to disinfect that rain water.

"I plug this into my inverter and my battery pack. This light will get brighter and brighter as silver micro particles are suspended in the water. It's natures antibiotic," she explains.

Most her food is non-perishable. And if Robin wants something tastier, she shops for dinner the day of. Most her electronics run on battery, which are charged up by these larger solar-powered batteries. Off the grid but still connected, Robin uses a special antenna to get free wifi.

In the bathroom, a camping shower does the trick."This will heat up with 3 hours in the sun, but I'll take a shower at any temperature is fine for me," she says pointing to the crude contraption.

And when nature calls, she uses water from her rain barrel to fill the tank of the toilet and flush it as though she had running water.

Reporter: "How much does it coast you to live, nothing?"
Robin: "I first figured it out when I first went off the grid, and it was like $20 a week. Now I have a year's supply of food. I can walk everywhere, so I can go weeks or a month without spending a penny."

But living off the grid, for Robin, isn't so much about pennies, but principle.

Reporter: "What sparked your quest to live off the grid?"
Robin: "It was an interest in empowering myself, like we did when we got off the health care system. I wanted to look at every other part of my lifestyle and say, do I need this? Is this of value to me? If it went away tomorrow, what would I do? The more I got into it, the more exciting, the more of an adventure it became."

And Robins' life has taken many turns in the 3 years since her husband passed from a debilitating Nero-muscular disease. Her experience with the health care industry driving her to unplug.

Although living off the grid might not be for everybody, living in a home without water or electricity is against most codes and ordinances. And anyone living in such a home could be forcibly removed.

"I'm prepared, and if that challenge comes up, we'll deal with it," says Robin. "And if my father in heaven wants me to be the test case for something, I'll be the test case for something."

Robin says she'll take her right to live off the grid to the highest court. Regardless, 4 In Your Corner is withholding where Robin lives.

Reporter: "What do you think, if some people might say, that lady she's a little kooky."
Robin: "Who cares. That's all I have to say, who cares."