Going off the grid means shunning public utilities like power, water and sanitation in favour of creating your own energy. Being self-reliant and sufficient is something that appeals to the free-spirit in all of us.
There’s just something romantic about living off the grid amongst the wildlife and sleeping under the stars. But what is the reality of this lifestyle choice and how would you go about it?
It All Starts With Electricity
Living off the grid does not necessarily mean you’ll need to live like a caveman. Most modern day conveniences start with access to electricity but with alternative energy sources readily available there are many ways to ensure that you will be able to live comfortably.
Solar Power Saves The Day!
Current solar power panels are able to produce around 7 kilowatts of electricity per day, and with technology constantly improving this number is set to rise. The amount of energy you’ll be able to store and use also increases with the number of solar panels you install.
Solar panel kits are easy enough to come by, simple to install, easy to maintain and affordable. This is of course not mentioning the benefits to the environment. When it comes to living off the grid, solar power should be your first and foremost choice as an electricity supply.
Other Alternative Energy Sources
You might need a backup without a fully charged solar power source; this is where the wind and hydro power comes in. Wind turbines are a useful solution for when the sun isn’t shining. If you plan on living near a running lake or river, why not opt for a hydro-powered generator? They sometimes require a forceful flow of water but are still a viable alternative.
You’ll Need Water And Heat
For clean, fresh drinking water you could always do what people have been doing for generations. Dig a well. While it may be time-consuming to set up, a well is a safe and long-term solution for fresh water.
In addition to the solar panels you could also consider getting a generator. You will, however, have to ensure you also stock up on diesel. By using solar panels to power a geyser and a generator to supply electricity you are not reliant on Eskom.