Going off the grid means disconnecting from the national power grid 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 find, quick to install and easy to maintain. Not to mention the benefits to the environment. When it comes to living off the grid, solar power should be your first choice as an electricity supply.
Other alternative energy sources
Alternative sources of renewable energy include wind and hydro power. Wind turbines are a useful solution for places with lots of wind and minimal sunshine. If you plan on living near a running lake or river, why not opt for a hydro-powered generator? They require a forceful flow of water, but are still a viable alternative.