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How to Live Off The Grid
 
“Living Off The Grid” can mean different things to different people, but for us it simply means living off of the electrical grid provided by the utility company.   

- No, it does not mean, “Living Without Electricity”, as some people seem to think.

- No, it does not mean, “Living Without the Internet”, as some people seem to think.

- No, it does not mean, “Living Without Running Water”, as some people seem to think.

- No, it does not mean, “Living Off the Land”, as some people seem to think.

- No, it does not mean, “You’re a Hippie-Commie-Environmentalist-Vegan-Anarchist-Redneck-Hunter-TrailerTrash-Societal DropOut”,  as some people seem to think.

All that “Living Off the Grid” means is you have decided to live without using the local electrical grid network. That is all “Living Off the Grid” means. 
So YES, you can still enjoy electricity!  
Some people “Live Off the Grid” only seasonally, using their RV’s.  They may never think of themselves as “Living Off the Grid”, but they do.  In fact, starting out with an RV is the ideal way to get started.  From there you buy your first solar panel to put on the roof, perhaps buy a larger water tank, and “settle in” on your property.  Then the next year rolls around and you are full of plans.  Some people “Live Off the Grid” by building their own seasonal or year round cabin on land that they own and enjoy. (perhaps that will be you).   And some people “Live Off the Grid” and take the really big step to “Live Off the Land”.  To “Live Off the Land”, you look for ways to feed yourself and family without using or relying on the food industry in the local town or city.  To “Live Off the Land” means you have found “food & water sustainability”, either by digging your own water well, growing your own food in year-round Green Houses and harvesting farm or wild animals or both.  

There are 3 basic ways to get electricity “Off the Grid”.  You can have battery backed-up for solar, hydro or wind powered system.  Some people who get their electricity by charging batteries using a generator once a week.  So, there are various ways to get electricity other than “the grid” provided by your utility company.    

Here are some interesting Solar sites that we have found.  [*we have not used these company products, we can only point you in a direction, to get you started]
http://www.wholesalesolar.com/StartHere/OFFGRID/OFFGRIDCalculator.html

http://www.thesolarstore.com/designed-systems-solar-electric-systems-c-48_51.html

Here are some hydro sites. [*we have not used these company products, we can only point you in a direction, to get you started]
http://www.hydro-turbines.com/id81.html

http://www.advancepower.net/hydro.htm

Here are some wind sites. [*we have not used these company products, we can only point you in a direction, to get you started]
http://www.energymatters.com.au/renewable-energy/solar-power/stand-alone-power-systems/how-offgrid-power-works.php

- “Sun shines on the solar panels or wind turns wind turbine blades, generating DC electricity
- The DC electricity is fed into a regulator which controls the amount of charge
- Deep cycle batteries are charged
- 12 volt appliances can be run directly off the batteries or the current routed through an  inverter which converts it to 240V 50Hz AC electricity; suitable for running standard home appliances..

 
 

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