When it comes to choosing appliances for your off-grid home there are several things to consider. One is your location. If you are completely reliant on natural resources, choosing appliances is a larger decision than those that live off-grid within city limits. When you live on an off-grid solar power system you have to select appliances based on the kilowatts your system can take on. Now a days we hear about “energy star” appliances. These are appliances that draw a low amount of energy which is a match made in heaven for off-grid homesteads.
Gas appliances are a great way to save on the draw from your solar power, but not every place allows easy access for gas trucks to deliver propane. Many solar friendly appliances and green appliances are not friendly to off-grid living. Instant hot water heaters though great, can become easily clogged when fed by well water. If this is something you desire be sure to install a heavy-duty filtration system. Solar hot water is a great way to take some of the workload off of your traditional water heater. With so many options to choose from we recommend doing research before you buy.
Running your entire home off the sun’s natural energy can give you a great feeling of freedom. Freedom from power outages, freedom from flexing your use during the day and of course from giving your hard earned money away every month and not knowing what the bill will be. Yes, solar systems are a large expense up front, but they quickly pay for themselves all while giving you the freedom to live anywhere.
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