FAQ for my Off the Grid Tiny House Life

Hi everyone,
If you are here it’s probably because you have a question about my life at my off the grid tiny house in San Diego.
Here you’ll find answers to the most frequently asked questions. If you have another question that was not answered please ask in the comments below and if it seems that many people have the same questions count on me to add it to the post!
Make sure you watch my latest video because this covers most of the basics. Also, subscribe to my Youtube page and my newsletter so you know when I put out more writing and videos!

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Off the Grid in a Tiny House with Rob Greenfield

It’s been 4 months since I moved into my tiny house and life is splendid! It has come along a bit slower than planned because of travels and other projects but today I felt it was finally time to share my life, off the grid, in the city! I am living a very low impact lifestyle- harvesting rainwater, eating local, harnessing the energy of the sun, composting, and riding my bamboo bike around town.

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I am a mere blink on the face of Mother Earth

I’m not telling you what to think about yourself. This is a reminder for myself and you have the option to contemplate this.

I am a mere blink on the face of Mother Earth. I am not that important.

I am one person among 7 billion currently living. Each one of us is the center of our own universe. Over 100 billion humans have lived and they all have died. They all lived for a mere blink on the face of our earth. No matter how big of a deal they were they still died and so will I. Doesn’t matter whether my face is on a billboard, whether millions tune into me on TV, whether I make the world smile around me, or if I’m the president of the United States.

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Rob Greenfield Vows

My Financial Vows are both Big and Tiny

Update 07/18/16: See my updated vows.

My mission is to create happiness, health, and freedom on the earth and I don’t really find it fair to make a financial profit off this. Happiness, health, and freedom should be free. Who am I to charge money for these things? Health and happiness should be pure. All too often when you add money into the mixture it mucks up the purity. Even if it doesn’t muck things up it’s hard to tell if a person’s motives are pure when they are making a financial profit from their actions, no matter how much good they are doing. I want my work to be pure and I want to hold myself accountable. The earth has seen its fair share of well-intentioned people lose their balance when they got their hands on loads of money. To keep myself on track and to set an example for what can be done I have set guidelines for myself and am making them transparent to all.

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Photographs of People in One Month of Junk Mail

Inspired by Gregg Segal’s 7 Days of Garbage campaign, I decided to call out a challenge to my friends on Facebook. I asked them to hold onto one month of their junk mail and snap a picture of themselves with it.

We get so much junk mail in the United States that I expected to see some pretty huge piles of junk. The average adult receives 5 to 10 pieces of junk mail a day which is 150 – 300 a month. That amounts to 41 pounds of junk mail each year for one person or 8 BILLION pounds for the entire country. That’s a lot of junk mail. Supposedly the average American spends multiple months of their life just opening this crap! 70 hours per year!

So here’s what my friends came back to me with.

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Welcome to my Tiny House! (video)

Welcome to my Tiny House!
Here is the first video of many to come from my off the grid, in the city, tiny house adventure. I’ve moved in and life is about to get real sweet. Well, it’s already sweet, but even sweeter now!

I just moved in a few days ago so a lot of work is sure to come, but soon I’ll be growing food, harvesting rain water, cooking with a rocket stove, powering up with solar panels, composting to create healthy soil, and using a compost toilet. I have no bills and no debt and will be living the good life in this 50 square foot tiny home! Simple living in the city!

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I vow to donate 90% of my media earnings to the earth

With some big announcements to come soon, I could easily begin coasting through life right now. This year I’m working on a documentary, publishing a book, and I’m also in talks with multiple networks about a TV show. Rather than coast though I am leading by example more than ever before. I’m not in this for the money or the fame. I’m in it to create a just world full of happiness, health, and equality for all. So I’ve vowed to donate 90% of my earnings to happiness, health, and freedom for all.

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All my stuff… fits on my bike!

This is the least amount of stuff I’ve owned, quite possibly since the beginning of my owning of stuff.

For years and years I wanted stuff and I wanted a lot of it. I grew up thinking that a big house behind a big fence was what I wanted when I was older. I dreamed of having a really shiny car. I wanted boats and jet skis. I wanted to really impress people with my stuff. 

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