Marisa Woman, Kelvin Davis and Matilda enjoy their self-sufficient lifestyle at their Booie home.
Marisa Woman, Kelvin Davis and Matilda enjoy their self-sufficient lifestyle at their Booie home. Matt Collins

GALLERY: Booie couple love their off-the-grid lifestyle

KELVIN Davis and his loving partner Marisa Wiman have cut their connection from the region's electricity supply.

But don't think for a second they are missing out on any of life's modern conveniences.

The entrepreneurial couple live comfortably in their airconditioned home where they run their 10 online businesses.

The home is powered completely by solar energy and battery.

Initially, the process to go off the grid was a long and tedious one.

Mr Davis said the energy providers frowned upon residents who wished to be disconnected from their power supply.

"They really don't like it, that's the bottom line,” Mr Davis said.

When asked why they decided to distance themselves from main stream electricity, Mr Davis had a matter-of-fact response.

"I really don't trust the government,” he said.

"We have to do it before the government changes the rules and makes it illegal to go off the grid.”

Which is already happening in other parts of the world.

"In California it is illegal to disconnect to the power grid,” Mr Davis said.

"They want your money and they want you permanently connected.”

The Booie couple had this advice for any other South Burnett residents thinking of becoming independent of the region's power supply.

"Prepare. Prepare earlier,” Mr Davis said.

"That can be from planting fruit-bearing trees, all the way through to the appliances you buy have to be water and power efficient.

"Increase the solar systems on your property while the government is giving the rebates,” Mr Davis said.

"And when you're ready, you buy the batteries and disconnect.”

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