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Wind turbines on eBay

Though I believe that at this time wind turbines are way to expensive to buy (especially in Poland, as I explained here), not every off-gridder is also a DIY-enthusiast. Because of that some of you may be forced to purchase wind turbine, instead of making one by yourself.

If you consider buying one, I’d suggest trying to find one as cheap as possible, as it’d make it easier for you to get a return from this expense. Buying used one may be a good idea, but only if you can measure if the turbine is working properly. (more…)

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  • Produce, save, store!

    If you want power your off-grid home by yourself, you need to look at this idea on three levels:

    • producing the energy in any source,
    • reducing the energy use,
    • storing it for future when supply exceeds demand.

    There are only two ways to deal with this problem with one simple solution. But none of them is a good one. (more…)

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  • Off the electrical grid – introduction

    This is the first post in a series of how to live off the electrical grid. In the series I will answer the following questions:

    • how to make electric energy from various sources (photovoltaics, wind turbines, internal combustion engines, fuel cells, etc.),
    • how to store electricity to use it later,
    • how to save electricity, in order to reduce the home energy usage and reduce your off-grid power plant operating and investment cost.

    As I mentioned before, we are addicted to electricity as it’s the easiest way of supplying energy to different home appliances. (more…)

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  • The Electrical Grid (Wikipedia)

    The most common public utility homes are conected to is the electrical grid, or simply the grid. 😉 Electricity is the most convenient way of transferring energy to long distances. Because it’s so easy to use, it’s become the main energy source for most home appliances.

    Before I start getting deeper in the labyrinth of living off the grid, I wanted to post here an article about the grid itself. So here it is. (more…)

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