Off-Grid Solar and Wind-Generated Power
Lights are the easiest thing to take off grid.
Not only are the lights cheaper, but they last longer too!
With AC lights, what are your predominant choices?
Tubes or bulbs.
Forced AC vs 12v Lighting
For the Utility Monopolies that seek profit, AC is their only option. Their lawmakers created Codes Departments to dictate which type of electricty is allowed in the housing industry and more, for a windfall of profit(eering).
12v power, not from the 110v grid, is power!
The cost to operate an item or appliance that is powered directly to the same voltage power source, is miniscule compared to the complete loss of energy in the AC to any other voltage conversion process.
12v lighting from a 12v power source (batteries), offer numerous advantages to the end-user.
Grid electricity will consume more energy to convert their electricity to the voltages of your appliances, this is due to the conversion hardware (usually a step-down transformer).
DC is always more cost-effective.
Converting AC electricity to other voltages is costly, due partly in the additional cost of the transformer device itself. The additional device is usually placed on every power cord (such as the brick located in the power wire of most laptops), or installed somewhere in the appliance itself (as in most fans, desktop computers, or radios). Converting from 110v all the way down to (whatever your appliance or electronic device is rated for), is in of itself loss of energy.
The process of remaining on Grid is full of hidden surprises that the public simply is not aware of.
The motion sensors seen in the photos will permit battery longevity by automatically turning the lights on and off.
Each sensor activates only when motion is sensed.
If motion is still detected, the lights remain on until the set time after motion ceases.
The plan for motion detectors was primarily in planning for the elderly.
Venturing off grid is a definite adjustment, but isn't so traumatic as one might pre-suppose. The hardest part will be standing before the judgment of others.
Solar panels produce electricity that will probably outlive most people reading this. It takes only one member of a family tree to make forever electric power for generations to come (long after that member becomes deceased).
Is off-grid electricity stable?
In a word, yes.
Computers, lights, security cameras, freezer, DVR, server, modem/router, and more run free.
About the only item you'll ever need to replace in an off-grid power system are the batteries (every 5 or more years, if not abused or neglected). If using inverters, add that to the list of fail-able items.
Contrast the investment with the yearly amount you will have thrown to an entity that may have "lobbyists" that bring bagfuls of money to "our" representatives (curtailing their better ethics, manipulating their decisions), and you have aided and abetted your own demise.
Choose to leave something behind on this earth that will outlive you.
One definite adjustment when going off-grid is the clock.
Invariably the weather, seasons, even the mating times of bugs affect an off-gridders daily chores.
For instance, in the heat of a summer day restricts cooking, oftentimes relegating to the wee hours of the evening to cook. *If cooking with an indoor wood burner. If Winter-time, plan on getting up in the wee-hours of the night to feed the stove. *If heating with a wood-burner.
Cooking at the ungodly am hours alters sleep times as a result.
In short, plan-changers such as rain, snow, or excessive wind can determine whether working indoors or outdoors.
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