Electricity and water are two very basic amenities and going off the grid these should be your first priority. However, there are few more essential things you need to find in order to complete your everyday needs.
The best way to get heating is to use a gas heater. Although many people now use electric heaters, but seeing that you are using alternate energy sources you should not consume a lot of energy for heating. The whole-house propane tanks can be used to provide gas to your house through pipes and they can be refilled easily by a professional service. However, considering that you are going off the grid the best way to heat your house would be a wood burning stove. It is economical, efficient and can be used for cooking as well.
For heating water, you can also get tankless water heaters. There are propane and electrical tankless unit that are very efficient in providing heated water and provide heat as and when you need it. Another greener option is a solar water heater which as the name tells uses solar energy to heat.
Generator for Emergencies
Although you are shifting to greener energy options there can be times when you may need a generator. If it has been raining too long or there is not much wind, you can find yourself without power for days. In such a case it is important that you have a back up power generator that you can use to continue carrying out your daily operations.
This is one thing that starts from the day you decide to cut yourself from the grid and go independent. Just like all the physical work is essential so are your efforts to bring some serious changes in your lifestyle. The change begins with you and this new lifestyle will require you to consume things responsibly. Here is how you change things:
- Consume as less energy as possible. Do not use many electrical appliances at once. Use heavy appliances like washing machine at night when you are not using other appliances. In fact, go back to washing clothes with your hands and say good bye to machine and dryers.
- Always save water as you have limited water now. Shut off the water when you are applying soap or shampoo while showering. Let all dishes pile up and wash them once in a day or couple of days. Always try to collect rain water in buckets or barrels.
- Recycle things as much as you can and waste as less as you can. You will have to dispose your waste yourself so brace yourself for that. You can compost much of your organic waste.
- You will have to do many things by yourself in the process so prepare your mind and do not give up. Your inner creativity is going to be your friend here and you can come up with viable solutions for many problems that arise in going off the grid.