Off-grid is a bit of a buzz word these days but whilst the idea of going off-grid is rapidly growing in popularity around the globe, many individuals remain unsure of what it actually means. Off grid properties are entirely self sufficient and rely on none of the public utility services at all. This sort of home is wholly self sufficient.
A home is often referred to as off grid if it produces its own electric and is not tied to the national grid supply. Off grid electricity is any type of electricity generation using a system that is entirely independent off the national electricity grid. A standalone system could utilise any of the solar, wind or geothermal sustainable energy sources, all of which are green and cause no harm to the environment.
There are several reasons driving people towards living off the grid and self sufficiency in general. Sometimes, it is the only practical option. It is expensive to connect some remote homes to grid and utilities they need so at times it is a cost saving choice. For many other people, the key aim is to save money and gain freedeom from the utility companies and their continually rising prices, by ridding themselves of utility bills entirely.
As well as the cost saving, getting off grid reduces the carbon print, as the environmental impact of that home is lowered so significantly. Pursuing a greener lifestyle is extremely important, with problems such as global warming being such a huge concern worldwide. Essentially, the principles of off grid living are achievable no matter where you live and due to the huge technological advances in a variety of green, renewable energy systems it is now feasible to change any home, in any location in the world. Living off grid does not mean living without comfort and only small changes would need to take place to sustain this kind of lifestyle. When you are living off grid, it is essential to alter any wasteful habits and behaviours in order to conserve energy wherever it is possible to do so. In terms of the electricity you use, this would mean using only what you need, always being mindful to turn appliances off and not leaving anything on charge unnecessarily.
Depending on your location and situation, homeowners can choose to use sun, wind or hydro energy to generate their electricity. For water, if you own a well on your land or have access and rights to a river or lake, you could possibly pump and filter it for use in your home. Boreholes are a great alternative.
Sustainable living has become an appealing goal to strive for. There are plenty of renewable alternatives available , to make a positive contribution to the environment.
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