Take a look at your daily life, and you will realize how dependent lives we have. Constant access to basic amenities like food and water and reliance on technology (think of cars, smartphones, laptops) have made us dependable in many ways. The whole idea of ‘living and going off-grid’ is about regaining independence. A simple example of that would be replacing energy sources with renewable alternatives. With Flogas, which specializes in LPG canisters, we talk about living off-grid and how you can make things simple.
Need for alternate power
Once you have got your home off the grid, you need to find a considerably sustainable source of alternate power, and what can be more better than solar energy. For the uninitiated, solar energy can produce 3,400kWh of free alternative power each year. For a family home of four people, all you need is a 3kW to 4kW solar panel system, while a 2kW to 3kW system is enough for smaller homes. A 3kW solar system can cost somewhere close to £5,000, which is still cheap considering the amount of free electricity you get.
As a backup, you can get a gas cylinder or even a generator, which can work well on a cloudy day or when the solar panels are not working. Alternatively, you can also think of domestic wind turbines.
Ways to reduce costs
When you are using alternate sources external to the grid, you have to be cautious as how the energy is used. Go for LED bulbs, which can reduce energy use by 75%. Focus on using electrical appliances that you genuinely need and make sure that all appliances are shut off. Consider using alternate water source while living off-grid. A well is a good choice and can cost about £10,000 or more. Use a greywater system, so that treated water can be used again.
Include lifestyle changes
Smaller things can make a huge difference. Keep your showers short. Avoid artificial lighting during the day to the next possible. Shut off power of all appliances and lights after exiting the room. Use the food leftovers to create a compost, which can be used for producing fruit and vegetables at home. Cultivate the spare land in the most economical and practical way. Also, you can go for fishing and hunting, to reduce dependency on grocery stores.
Becoming self-sufficient is not a choice – it’s something we all must strive for.