11/28/2014 21:43 EST | Updated 01/28/2015 05:59 EST

Living off grid: new book shares Canadian stories of life off the power grid

A new book and documentary, Life Off Grid, documents the lives of Canadians who live off the power grid.

Phillip Vannini, an ethnographer from Royal Roads University, spent three years talking to more than 200 people about the challenges and rewards of living disconnected from outside sources of power.

This week, Vannini was a guest on the CBC's B.C. Almanac with Mark Forsythe. To hear Vannini and others share their experiences of living off the grid, click the audio clip labelled: "What it's like to live off the grid."