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4 Energy Sources for Off-the-Grid Living

Producing your own energy resources is a major part of being able to live completely off the grid. With off the grid living you must be able to have a system that not only can create the energy but can store excess energy that you are not using when it is created. Many people will try to tell you that this is a difficult or impossible task, but it is not as bad as we are led to believe.  Like many things in our society, we as a society tend to believe that we can’t do them simply because they generally aren’t done, which completely contradicts what we all know as adamant off-the-gridders know to be true.

There are several ways to create energy on your own to power your home without having to connect to the same grid that everyone else ties into. The following are four energy sources available for off-grid living.

To begin using wind power [3], you would construct or purchase the wind turbine, which can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $40,000 (though small makeshift wind turbines can be built for less than $100), and transfer that energy through an alternator or other convertor to use direct input electricity.  With a battery bank, the power can be stored for future use.  Generally speaking, the higher up the turbine, the more energy it will create and of course, the more natural wind that is created in your area the better.  You will usually want to have to have at least one acre of land to construct a turbine large enough to create sufficient power and you must live in an area that does not prohibit the construction of a turbine. Some areas may have winds more readily available at lower elevations, or looser restrictions and codes for such items.

Amazing Solar Generator Is Like Having A Secret Power Plant Hidden In Your Home! [4]

Instead of strictly using geothermal energy to power your entire home, you could use it for specific things and you could save a lot of money in implementing the use of the energy. Specifically, tubing setups could help heat or cool your home more easily with under floor or roof top setups.  The idea is that it moderates the temperatures surrounding your home so that the starting temperatures inside your home are closer to the temperatures you desire.  If you have to heat your home from 68 degrees to 75, it’s much more efficient than heating from 45 degrees to 75. To cool your home from 68 degrees to 65, it is infinitely more efficient than from 78 or 88 in some areas.  The temperatures used aren’t necessarily accurate for your area, but the concept is easily understood this way.

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