Ashleigh AngellNovember 2, 20184520
Many people are given the advice that going off the grid isn’t a very good idea. This is usually because of the value of having a utility company there to help you if you need extra energy flowing to your home. However, there are actually a bunch of reasons that it might be the right choice for you. While it’s definitely more complicated and harder to accomplish, if you’re considering going off the grid, here are multiple different reasons it might be the right decision for you.
Going off the grid means more sustainability.
Along with harvesting all your electricity from the sun, in many areas, you can work the land, grow your own food, raise animals, use gray water to irrigate, compost and recycle, and harvest rainwater. These are some of the best reasons for living off the grid!
You’ll never have to pay another utility bill.
Let’s say your energy bill is $150 a month. That means you are paying out $1,800 per year for electricity. Over 20 years, that amounts to $36,000! That’s a conservative number, considering most homes’ electrical bills are twice that amount. An off the grid battery bank may last 10 to 15 or more years. When including the cost of replacing an old battery bank every 10 to 15 years, you are still way ahead in terms of savings.
Though it’s harder to live off-grid, it’s now easier than ever.
Earlier we talked about how off-grid living is more difficult, but while that’s true, it’s also easier than it’s ever been before. New technology makes it easier to collect and store your solar energy. The solar battery technology is ever changing for the better, as are LED lighting, A/C and heating options. Living off the grid with modern conveniences has never been easier.
You can be off the grid anywhere.
While you can only be on the grid in locations where the grid actually is, you can be off the grid no matter where you live. The sun is going to come up whether you live in a bustling city or in a shack in a forest, so no matter where you live, you’ll have access to the sun’s energy. This is actually a huge advantage over on-the-grid solar, because if you decide to do that and you live in the middle of nowhere without a grid, you’d be forced to move to get access to the grid.
When you’re off the grid, you have to think about nature a lot more.
When your energy production is dependent on the sun, you become more aware of the natural elements and how weather affects your solar production, how critical clean water is, and how to conserve and preserve them both. While someone on the grid has their utility company there to help them if they can’t produce enough energy, you’ll be on your own. This might be seen as a negative by some people, but to those of us who really want to get connected with nature and living off the land, this is actually a huge benefit.
When it comes to going off the grid, you’re going to need to be extremely knowledgeable about solar and how everything works. Let us help you do just that. Check out the HahaSmart blog for tons of information and resources so you can get started on your solar journey!
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