Energy Independence: A Guide To Off Grid Living and Self Sufficiency
Do you have a desire to become self sufficient, perhaps unplug from the dirty energy grid or maybe go off grid entirely?
This infographic provides a look at what it takes to live self-sufficiently entirely off the grid.
The idea of “going green” has been around for decades while the concept of living off grid is relatively new. Perhaps the first time you heard of “going green” started with the slogan…
Reduce, reuse, recycle.
Or perhaps it was when the sight of a curbside “green bin” or “blue bin” became the norm in your neighborhood. Today going green has new meaning across Western culture.
It’s now about energy independence and living off the grid.
So why did we decide to go off the grid? Well, we decided to go off grid for several reasons which you can read about here.
It’s not just about saving money, reducing your carbon footprint or seeking independence from the grid. Sometimes it’s all that and more.
Becoming Energy Independent
Becoming energy independent is still a relatively new concept for people. The though of unplugging from the grid can be a scary one, but also thrilling. The good news is that its not only becoming easier but cheaper with the advancement of modern solar technology, alternative energy providers like Tesla, Sungevity, SunRun and solar technology companies like Powur. In fact, Powur has a goal of installing solar on 2 million home by 2025. A goal we’re happy to be helping with. You can learn about Powur here.
Steps to becoming Energy Independence
Step 1: Cut your power usage. The United States could cut energy consumption 23% by 2020 just by implementing energy efficiency measures, such as improving the thermal envelope of buildings.
Step 2: Find an alternative water source. The average American home uses 300+ gallons of water a day.
Step 3: Secure an energy source. Solar, wind turbine, geothermal or hydroelectric. We offer people free solar proposals with the top solar providers. To get a free solar proposal start by simply entering in your zipcode here.
Step 4: Produce your own food. According to the National Resources Council the average American throws away 25% of the food and beverages they purchase. For a family of four that could total $1,365 to $2,275.
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