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Living off the grid – the true mentality

Of course the ideology and reasoning of off grid living does vary from person to person. We are you know, as unique and distinct as a species can get. But I do believe the overall underlying philosophy does remain a common theme. Freedom, peace, self reliance.

The individuals who seek this true mindset do not show up trying to bring their 400k home with all the bells and whistles along then erect a 30k solar array to  support it.

You can of course do this, and be considered off grid, but you certainly wouldn’t be considered “one of us.”

​We don’t want to bring “what was” with us. And neither do we wish to recreate it. Pure off grid living is like putting on that old pair of overalls and that comfortable pair of shoes. We no longer want to set our alarm clocks and go to meetings or rush off to work. We truly desire the rooster to wake us up and sleep in if we so decide to!

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Green Living

Little Known ways to reduce your electric consumption.

The prices of commodity continue to increase day by day. This ordeal is most especially true when it comes the cost of energy. When the prices continue to sky rocket, then people will experience difficulties. Some will even end up been unable to cover costs for the energy which they need to power their homes.

With the increasing awareness of this power hike, people need to look for alternative means to energy likewise to find means of conserving it so that they can be able to cut down their cost when it comes to energy consumption which will reduce their bills on electricity.

Little things when added up make big. This is why we can conserve energy and cut down our costs if we turn off lights when we are not using them. It is true that we need light in our homes but excessive lights only contribute to excessive electricity consumption. A good example here is not to keep lights on at night most especially when it is not needed. Turn off the lights when there is no one on the room.

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Green Living

Little Known Facts About Solar Energy

Seems like everyone these days are talking about renewable energy, and the big name in renewable energy is solar energy. With the world’s oil reserves running out, we’ve got to do something quick or we’ll be left in the dark—literally!

Here are some quick facts about solar energy you might find useful in determining if solar energy is right for your home.

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Alternative energy Green Living Solar Survival

What Everybody Ought to Know About Living Off the Grid

Does living off the grid conjure up reruns of Grizzly Adams and Little House on the Prairie? You’re not alone. Many people think that living off the grid means giving up all your modern conveniences and moving, essentially, into the past.

 Many other people think only crunchy granola types live off the grid. You know the ones wearing hemp clothing and dreadlocks?

In fact, off the grid means simply that you don’t buy energy from municipal sources. You are not connected to the“grid,” or the system that powers most of the homes and businesses in your neighborhood. It doesn’t mean that you have to give up your TV or your air conditioner or even your microwave. Unless you want to, of course!

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Alternative energy Green Living Solar

Do-it-yourself Solar Power – mistakes to avoid


If you are planning a DIY solar install and don’t have experience you might want to read this first and avoid the ten most common mistakes that others have made:)

For now, in no particular order:

Mistake 1: Voltage drop and the length of cables

For most people they select the core voltage of their planned solar system as being 12 or 24v because that’s which voltage their batteries / battery banks or solar panels run at.   However there is at least one other aspect( probably many more ) that need taking into account.

When you transmit power through cables it is degraded slightly, this can be calculated to a formula and is known in electrical worlds as voltage drop.

Best practice is to place the charge controller, batteries , inverter and panels as near to each other as possible in your design.

If you transmit the low energy DC voltage from your panels and batteries it can degraded by as much as 10 or 20 % over an extended length of 5 or 10 meters.  You will also need to calculate the correct thickness of cable to transmit that power with only a small loss, the larger the cable the less loss.

If you transmit at mains standards 220-240v AC here in europe then there is a wider acceptable range of loss that will be more efficient over longer distances.

For accurate examples and formulas to work out voltage drop , see these electrical links:

http://www.securityideas.com/howtocalvold.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voltage_drop