and this is why I wanna be self-sufficient. just to escape part of the system and enable myself to actually use my money to achieve things and enjoy the only time alive I'm gonna get.
water and gas can't be helped, but producing your own energy, food, equipment, ventilation, all of these are possible to à fair extent if you try in the right conditions. people don't believe in that philosophy, and instead end up fully reliant on the system.
admittedly, this mostly applies if you live in a mostly permanent home. if you're renting and moving from place to place, investing and moving equipment becomes too much for you to handle. should you ever buy a home though, you really ought to want to try aiming to invest in one of these options. solar and wind energy are pricy but I believe that if done right it will pay for itself and then more, helping you save up. it's just a matter of figuring out your options.
there's more examples such as energy generated from water currents, but those are entirely dependent on ownership of the land for the rights to build equipment. in a city where everyone owns everything, it's just.. not possible. cities are the embodiment of "If you do anything on grounds I own I will shove you in court"