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Today's quickie, with everyone getting slammed with winter weather, is about becoming energy self-sufficient.
What do I mean?
I have always been interested in alternative living and alternative power.
Aye, we be livin' on a sailboat.
Why should you Go Off-Grid?
The reasons for going off-grid are as varied as the people who decide to do it. For some, the main motivation for going off-grid is environmental. For you it might mean keeping the lights on and the fridge running when the power goes out.
How do you Go Off-Grid?
Evaluate and calculate your electric needs. This is the first step in the process of installing renewable energy systems.
What are your choices?
Solar electricity, panels that convert sunlight into electricity. They work any time the sun is shining.
Wind electricity, wind turbines that convert wind into electricity. They work any time the wind is blowing.
A "Hybrid" system is a combination of solar and wind, because very often, the sun shines and the wind blows at different times of the day.
Batteries are very important because they store the electricity for times when your needs are greater than system can produce.
And of course, a stand-by electric generator makes a great part-time source of electricity.
We lived for 11 months without power company electricity with our Off-Grid electrical system.