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ENERGY

Energy is one of those issues that seems to never go away. It has always been a problem for civilizations, and some experts would argue that the management of energy is the number one cause of collapse in societies and systems. It can definitely make or break the homestead, and careful planning and management of this resource is a top priority.

System Sizing

System Sizing

Sizing your system - deciding how much electricity you want to use, and therefore need to produce and store - is the first step in getting your home off the grid.

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Electrical Sources

Electrical Sources

There are several alternatives when considering the source of your off-grid electricity, most notably solar, wind, biofuels and hydro.

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Storage

Storage

Storing your power and delivering it to your electrical appliances is the final stage in an off-grid system.

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Heat

Heat

For the days when solar gain and thermal storage aren't enough, make sure you have a backup heat source.

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