posted on Mar, 11 2007 @ 08:21 PM
I've been considering long and hard on how to take my already super efficient home to the next level, that being "off the grid" of course.
is my current plan that is currently in Stage 2. Stage 1 was planning and I'll copy and paste what I wrote down last year.
Goal: To take every light source and one television in the house Off the Grid by the end of 2007.
Budget: 1500 - 2500 CND Dollars
Step One: Replace all Incandescents with Instant-On Dimmable Full Spectrum Compact Fluorescents.
Step Two: Start to purchase Batteries and build ventilated housing in attic.
Step Three: Start to re-wire rooms to get their power the batteries. We're still working on a way to make it so we can switch back and forth between
grid power and battery power in case of any problems.
Step Four: Buy all necessary but expensive misc. equipment needed for a grid-tied/OTG hybrid system. It won't be a true grid-tied as we will not be
feeding any electricity to the grid from the renewables.
Step Five: Start to invest in Solar Panels, buying only enough to take One Television and every light in the house off the grid.
This plan is gonna be messy and in constant flux, but I figure that if I do it this way, I'll be able to take advantage of new technology as it comes
out, especially Solar Panels and Batteries. I may actually go with a Capacitor bank, if it can hold enough charge to at least last the night. The
reason being as Capacitors last much longer than batteries but don't hold nearly enough to make them useful. I'm thinking that along with this I'll
also start to upgrade all the televisions to LCD due to their low power consumption, and I"ll be looking to trade up even further once E-Ink displays
come out. Same goes for Fluorescent Bulbs. As soon as Full Spectrum LED light sources come down in price then I'm all for it.