From growing your own food to harnessing alternative energy, many Americans are taking their most crucial necessities into their own hands. Living “off the grid,” also called “homesteading” is gaining momentum around the country. It’s not just because people are fed up with corporate-run systems, either. Food tastes better when it’s grown in your garden; reducing utility needs can save you bundles and is better for the environment. But how much can you really unplug from the system?