Renewable energy is increasing in demand. Living off the grid is no longer for the hippies and is being embraced by a larger audience. With more affordable options and easier to use components it’s no wonder renewable energy development is growing.
Even in the technological age we are living in today, off the grid living is possible without giving up on modern conveniences.
What is off the grid?
Off the grid living is when people are not dependent on traditional electrical supply lines. This would eliminate their need of being connected to power lines and conventional energy. However, when people begin to consider taking that step to go off the grid it’s best to remember that you’ll need to do some research. You’ll need to learn how much energy you use in order to build the proper system that will keep your house running efficiently. Take your time and educate yourself.
Process Of Being Off The Grid
You might be wondering what is exactly involved with being off the grid. It’s a relatively simple three step process. First, you need a power source. This could be solar, wind or even water. Second, the energy will need to be harnessed. And lastly, the low voltage direct current you harnessed will need to be converted with an inverter. Once converted into a usable house current (AC) you will be off the grid and no longer need to stay attached to the conventional power lines.
To complete the process most homeowners choose to build their own electricity generators, solar being the most popular.
Any excess currents that are generated by your electricity generators are able to be stored and used at a later time. This is perfect to help with those high demand electricity use times and the direct energy source is unavailable. If you are converting solar energy, then the extra energy stored in your batter banks and will be used in the evenings.
In order to be successful in living off the grid it’s important to ensure that your system is the right size. You’ll want to make sure that it meets your energy needs.
After set up renewable power resources are automated and require little maintenance. Although there is no special attention necessary, you will need to properly maintain your batteries.
Living on the grid is more common today, but more people are choosing to live off the grid each day. This is especially true with the rising energy costs. It can be an exhilarating choice that will help you earn your independence from the utility grids.