Over the last few years, there’s been a strong shift in thinking, with more and more households becoming aware of their environmental impact. With this shift, living off-grid is becoming more and more popular as people are looking at ways to reduce their costs of living and their environmental impact. While it may come with some challenges initially, and requires a significant change in lifestyle, the potential for long term savings may make it worth while for you.
Here’s a great info-graphic from Big Rentz which explains how some of the most common homes are built and how much it costs to take your home off-grid.
Infographic attribution – https://www.bigrentz.com/blog/off-grid-living
If you’re interested in the topic and you’d like to read more, have a look at our guide on how to take your home off-grid the smart way or if you’re just interested in saving money and making your home more eco-friendly, have a look at this info-graphic on passive housing – a smarter way of living.
The above articles also provide a useful spreadsheet to estimate your household’s power requirements and make sure that your solar or alternate power source is adequately sized for your home. There’s also a useful tool for estimating the number of batteries you’ll require and how long you can expect them to last. Remember that it’s a lot more cost effective to start off by making your home as energy efficient as possible before trying to take it off-grid.
Have you taken your home off-grid or are you investigating off-grid living? Let us know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below, we’d love to hear from you.