In most states and counties within the USA, it is ILLEGAL to collect rainwater, grow your own organic food in your front yard, build your own off grid home using things like straw bales or bamboo, collect rainwater, have a composting toilet, install a grey water system, or make your own energy via solar or wind, which is then stored in batteries. Why is that?
Check with your local building code department to confirm these things..
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