When transitioning to off the grid living, the most important and likely the first step you will make is to find an alternate source of energy. As for how to do that, there are a few options. Some alternate energy options are better than others depending on your desired power needs, but each alternative energy source allows you to protect yourself from the threats and vulnerabilities to the grid as well as the rising cost of electricity.
So what options do those beginning their new life off the grid have in terms of alternate energy?
Typically, diesel generators are more used for back up, but it really it depends on how much power you really need. The major benefit of a diesel generator is that they are designed to run for years with little to no maintenance, making them a reliable energy source when you really need it. However, diesel generators require a lot of fuel as well as hoses, filters, and replacement batteries. If your new off grid life only requires you to need power for a few hours after the sun goes down, a diesel generator may not be a bad option, but for long-term off grid living, especially for those who fear future civil unrest, it may be best to keep it as a backup.
If your new off the grid home is located next to a flowing stream or river, then it is literally sitting next to a power source. Rushing water has a tremendous amount of kinetic energy, and all homeowners need to do is connect their water to a device that converts kinetic energy into electrical. There are a number of hydroelectric power kits out there that, once installed, will generate electricity every hour of every day. However, hydroelectric power is also subject to local, state, and even federal regulations that may conflict with your off the grid life.
Geothermal power refers to using the heat and steam stored in cracks and fissures in the Earth’s crust to convert into energy, not completely unlike hydroelectric power. However, while anyone can find a property with a stream to use for hydroelectric power, geothermal is not quite as simple. While heat is found throughout the Earth’s crust, some areas are better than others. Your off the grid property may not be one of those areas, and only a geologist can tell you if it is. Another unfortunate drawback is that most geothermal power technology is designed for large-scale use. There are very few options for residential uses.
Finally, there is solar power, the number one choice for many who decide to live off the grid. Contrary to the outdated belief, solar power can provide adequate power to a homestead even when the sun is not shining. While solar energy can be used right away, a solar power system typically captures energy from the sun and stores it in batteries. This way, the power can be used day or night, rain or shine.
While a diesel generator may be the cheapest immediate option for alternative energy, solar power has gone down significantly in price and can be a system that will serve you faithfully for a lifetime. However, homeowners will still need to have the money upfront for the installation.
Unfortunately, securing an alternate energy source is just one piece of an entire puzzle. In order to fully free yourself from the grid, you will need secure food, water, and shelter that depend on no one else to provide them. In order to achieve that dream, let the Survival Life Association help. We offer a wide array of products and resources for preppers, survivalists, and off the grid homesteads, contact us today to learn more.