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We are at the beginning of this story of alternative energy. We are going to see all sorts of technological advances over the next 20 years. Some people will wait it out but others are going to want to jump into the off-grid lifestyle today.
I understand why an off-grid homesteader would want to test their might with off-grid power consumption. It’s all part of that challenge and part of that package. Let’s look at what’s out there!
Obviously, one of the most important methods for generating off-grid electricity is to power through with that massive ball of power in the sky. The sun and modern solar panels really are an effective means of generating off-grid power.
The next step is to store that energy in a battery of some kind. There are more of these on the market now than ever and they are getting more and more effective.
Catching wind might not be an option if you are not in a windy area. I think that speaks for itself. However, the wind might generate electricity for you in a way that could both power the whole home or adds to other means of power generation.
If you are on a body of moving water you can also harness the power of that water. Remember, water is a powerful force and it can make a huge difference if you find the right turbine and run that power to your home.
The ability to conserve energy is obviously not going to generate energy on its own, however, it will affect energy. If you change your lifestyle, you are going to reap the benefits. Suddenly the sparse wind you catch and the small creek can produce a big bunch of your energy.