How to Prepare to Go Off the Grid at Home

The economy may finally be in recovery mode after years of recession, but that doesn’t mean wary citizens aren’t still keen to find ways to cut living expenses. If the last few years have taught us nothing else, we’ve definitely learned that job security can be a fragile illusion. And saving money for a rainy day is the best way to ensure that job loss doesn’t result in the loss of a family home. In addition, of course, there is global warming to contend with, and plenty of responsible adults are now looking for ways to cut their carbon footprint in order to protect the future of our environment. What do these two concerns have to do with each other? The answer is simple – you can kill two birds with one stone, doing your part to save money and the planet, by finding ways to conserve energy. And the ultimate goal if you’re committed to the task is to go completely off the grid at some point.

Of course, this requires some amount of education and planning. So if you really want to stop paying for energy that only serves to pollute our environment, you need to take appropriate steps to create a household that functions on sustainable energy. In other words, you need to prepare to go off the grid at home. And the guidelines to succeed at this task are relatively simple. First and foremost, you need to get educated. There are several forms of clean, green, sustainable energy to choose from, each with different costs and conditions.

Solar energy is the most popular option of late, but unless you live near the equator, the chances that you can sustain your household energy usage with the sun alone are somewhat sketchy. Even those who live in predominantly sunny climes don’t enjoy full sunlight year-round. Reserve supplies can help, but you should at least consider all options before you decide. Other forms of sustainable energy include wind power (via a residential turbine), water power, and geothermal options. That said, not all of these choices are feasible for the average homeowner due to the cost of equipment and installation, and the use value depends entirely on your region and the natural resources available.

So once you’ve found the form of sustainable energy that you think will work best for your home, the next step is to conceive and implement your plan for going off the grid. This could begin with finding ways to conserve energy in and around your home, such as upgrading to Energy Star products (light bulbs, appliances, etc.) that require less energy to run. You might also hire a home energy auditor to find waste in your structure so that you can seal leaks and upgrade insulation as needed to make your home more energy efficient all around.

Then you’ll want to seek out a reputable company like Renogy to install the systems and equipment required to take you off the standard power grid. There is some up-front expense, to be sure, but over time you’ll see your initial investment returned in savings (and then some). And you can definitely feel good about doing your part for environmental protection.

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