Living off-grid just got a little bit harder.
A man who designed and built his own home especially so that he wouldn’t have to pay tax on his energy bills has had to do exactly that.
Kris Currie had a dream of going off-grid and went about finding how he could transform his home into an energy-creating complex.
He built his house in New Dominion, P.E.I. (Prince Edward Island), Canada so that every aspect of it was designed to create energy. He dreamt of not paying any money to the government for energy that he planned to make all himself.
But he got a nasty shock when he received a bill for tax on every kilowatt produced per hour in his home.
His ‘net-zero home’ led him to believe that he wouldn’t have to pay this kind of tax, however the HST (harmonized sales tax) still charged him.
Despite paying absolutely zero for his energy bills, he still has to pay a monthly for a tax despite incurring no charges.