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Live Off Grid In Canada

Every month you receive a bill for your residential electricity consumption. In our Canadian enviroment some months are more expensive than others. What would it be like to live off the grid where you household electrical needs are generated by solar energy, wind turbines or magnetic energy generators there by eliminating the need for your local power lines. 


Independence from the power utility companies is an appealing concept. The term off-grid refers to not being joined to a power grid or national electrical grid. Off grid can be a standalone system or provide a smaller community with residential electricity. Whether you are trying to reduce your utility expenses or simply tired of blackouts. Off grid living creates an electrical security when managed properly, especially if they live in rural areas. Many years ago rural homesteads created electricity through the use of gasoline or diesel generators.

The main reason many people have not created their own power sources is that the initial costs can be enormous. Solar panels, batteries, wind turbines and power converters are expensive. For anyone thinking of living off the grid there are a few items to be considered. Living off the grid does not require any drastic lifestyle modifications. Most households appreciate the modern conveniences of items such as dishwashers, hair dryer and clothes washer and clothes dryer. Appliances that generate heat also use great amounts of power. People who live off the grid also dry their clothes in the wind or in a greenhouse dryer so that the sun's heat can be amplified.


An off-grid renewable energy system can be a practical alternative to grid power. Creative alternative energy implements can ease you into an off the grid exploit. You will need to learn the difference between passive and active solar energy types. You must also determine the correct number of storage batteries you will require to meet your electrical needs. An off grid system requires regular maintenance and investment. Batteries require regular monitoring and subsequent replacement. Solar panels are extraordinarily reliable and enduring. Electrical components, such as wind turbines, have a much shorter lifespan. 

The first part of an off-grid power generation lifestyle is modification. You must be aware of all sources of power draw on your system; you can no longer leave lights or equipment on when not needed. When using electrical appliances you must be conscious of your reserve capacity. Off-grid power users become more mindful of natural weather cycles. Sunny days are the ideal time to engage in high power consumption undertakings such washing clothes, vacuuming or using power tools. When living off-the-grid you must become aware of your energy usage at all times. 


January and February are very cold months where the sun is low in the sky and shines directly into any windows facing the south. Not only will the sun's heat dry clothes it can also heat a home. Use the sun to heat your water. Hot water heating can be done using solar thermal systems. Your homes energy efficiency, ability for passive solar collection and use of natural indoor lighting become much more essential when living off the grid.


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