How To Get Off The Grid
“The grid” is the what call the power grid – the power system for electricity that sends electric power throughout the country. Composed of utilities across the country who create and sell energy from fossil fuel plants, coal plants, nuclear power, etc… Where almost all people receive their power. To go off the grid means to remove yourself not only from the power companies, but in its true form – from the water and gas systems as well. Becoming completely reliant on your own means for these luxuries. What many of us are doing now is a combination of the two, where we’re partially off the grid with a few solar technologies but still powering a portion of our electric through utility companies. Our main reason for energy efficient upgrades was to cut our electric bill by over 50% and most of us do that. Meanwhile, there are some who have gone completely off the grid. Digging wells and building cisterns to collect their own water. Going “off the grid” is a lifestyle, but for now – saving thousands of dollars a year in energy savings is what we’re all about. And combining that with the APS rebates and installation discussed on this site makes energy conservation affordable and desirable.
The first step in energy conservation is to reduce your home’s electric consumption by installing either solar power or wind to power a portion of your energy needs. Solar’s been around for years but they’ve never been able to compete with electric power. As we prepare for Tesla’s powerwall, however, we’re starting to believe “off the grid” is close to reality without having to change the way we live.
Residential homes that use solar power install solar panels on their roof or on a post nearby that collect the sun’s energy throughout the day. The panels create an electrical direct current (DC) that is converted into alternating current (AC) by the systems inverter and now you have power your home can use. When a home upgrades to solar energy and implements the home energy efficient tips we talk about in our Home section you transform your home into an energy haven that will change your life. The benefits bring cost savings for years to come, higher resale value of your home, and your interior temperature levels stay much more steady and comfortable even during the hottest months of summer.