I was enraged after reading about this issue of off the grid living. It is unbelievable how people can avoid life hassles when it comes to energy issues. Things like bills, power circuits and regular blackouts will be a thing of the past when you read this. Living off the grid basically means that you supply your own project with your own power. This can be achieved by taking the advantage of renewable energy source that are freely provided by nature. These resources can be harnessed to produce varies forms of energy that are provided by fossil fuels and grid electricity.
These renewable resources of energy includes; geothermal heat, hydro power, bio-energy and tidal energy among others. However, some of these requires professional installation and hence expensive for a single project. Solar power is one of these energy that can support off the grid living. Solar panels contain special photo-cells that convert sunlight to current. Current converted is used to recharge batteries that are in turn used to generate electricity. Electricity resulting from solar panels serves the same purpose as hydro-electricity, though with some special appliances. This enables you to live a life of your own without depending on electricity connecting other people or fossil fuels that are not clean as a result of fumes and other gases.
Water can also be heat using solar energy. This can be done locally without professional assistance. Water can be put in a black container and left exposed to sunshine for a period of time. This water gets heated by the sun and hence providing hot water with zero cost to your project. If the project demands a more advanced hot water system, black pipes can be laid on a flat place preferably on the roof and left exposed to sunshine. These black pipes absorb heat and transmit it through convection in water and hence making it warm. For hot water to be obtained, water in the pipes is re-passed severally and then stored in flask tanks to be used later. This provides hot water in a project in almost zero cost and hence saving on bills and fuels.
Sunshine can also be used to provide adequate natural light in a project. This can be achieved by constructing a project in such a way that it receives adequate light from the sun. This plays a very important role on saving on the cost that would have been otherwise been used to install artificial lighting in the project. This also helps you to sustain off the grid living, which makes you independent.
Apart from supporting off the grid life, these objectives help to conserve environment, by providing alternative source of energy that replaces the use of fossil fuels. Environmental conservation is very important as it curb the issue of climate change. The only demerit on these objectives is that the initial installation is usually expensive. However it should not also be ignored that the maintenance cost is cheap making the overall project cheaper than the use of other forms of energy like petroleum and its products. So, go ahead and make use of this opportunity provided by nature for free.