In the United States most people are connected to electricity and running water. Not all but most and many areas actually have laws that make it mandatory that we are attached to the grid. I have another article called Before Electricity that discusses our generations before us but this article is for those of us that must be attached to the grid. Once attached it is up to us how much we use. To use minimal electricity and water requires quite a bit of effort and a plan on how to control the flow.
We all need food, water, shelter and a place for a toilet of some type. We need a place to lay down and rest our bodies, we need a way to cook and or prepare our food. We must be reasonable responsible for ourselves and our family. There are those that want to throw in the towel and just set off on foot and sleep in the woods and wander the country but even they still need food, water, occasional shelter and use some type of toilet.
We have learned that it feels good to conserve and it really makes you happy when you see your utility bills decrease.