Off Grid Living

Off Grid Living – ResidentialRoof mount solar panels for off grid living

Home Owners were limited to locating their house where the grid is readily available. This is no longer an issue. Solar Off grid Systems are ideal for Farmers, Ranchers, and Rural Home Owners. In order to save money on the off grid solar system, special considerations should be made to minimize the electrical demand:

  • HVAC – Efficient air conditioner equipment should be used. Electric heat is a burden on battery banks and should be avoided.
  • Gas Heat – Gas should be considered for all heating applications. This includes water heaters, furnaces, and cooking appliances.
  • Efficient Lighting – LED and CFL bulbs should be used instead of the conventional incandescent type bulb.
  • Appliances – Energy star rated appliances are recommended.
  • Insulation – High R-Value Insulation should be utilized to reduce the demand for Air Conditioning in the home.
  • Windows – Look for windows that have a low U-Value and tint. Avoid locating windows in areas that get year-round southern exposure. Extended eaves can sometimes be used to allow for shade during the summer and heat during the winter.
  • Pumps – When available, high efficiency pumps should be utilized for water, irrigation, and septic equipment.

The following Voltages can be provided:Off Grid living with owner derrick hoffman

  • 120V Single Phase – This voltage is only useful in the Home-Owner does not have any 240volt loads.
  • 120/240V Split Phase – Home Owners find comfort in this voltage because it is exactly what is provided by the grid. A home can be designed just as if it were on the grid.
  • DC Voltages – Some home owners may demand a voltage source that runs at a 24 – 48 Volts DC.