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There are several household appliances that use a lot of energy, and because of that, may require a special setup of some sort. For example, if one was to use the microwave oven along with electric kitchen stove, off-grid energy sources like solar photovoltaics or wind turbines might not provide sufficient power. Unless you spend a lot of money on many solar panels or large wind turbine.
One of appliances that might cause small problems is the washing mashine. It uses a lot of energy to heat the water, and also some for the washing cycle, and spinning. And you can save a most of this energy if you get a device called Wonderwash. (more…)
Living off the grid is a challenging effort, but the success of the lifestyle is worth the effort. Living off the grid essentially means using nothing more but renewable energy sources, like wind or sun for power supply. Maybe to have the entire home power supplied with a renewable energy might be a little difficult at the beginning. To gain some experience, you can easily start living off-grid with the renewable energy household items.
Solar energy is the most common type of off-grid energy source currently in use, and solar energy driven household items are fast gaining grounds for those who want to break the mould and take control of the home electric supply. We all probably have or had in our lifes some solar-powered calculators, one of the most popular devices that use solar power to work (though we didn’t use them in the daylight, but rather under a desk lamp). (more…)
This is the first detailed post in the new series about appliances for off-grid living. Today I want to start with the washing mashines, as I think they are the most interesting. Not only you can change ordinary washing mashine to one suitable for renewable energy sources, but also you can buy one suitable for our special needs.
I thought about it for some time and have a couple of ideas I want to share with you. (more…)
Living off the grid doesn’t mean you have to live like in the 15th century, doing everything with your own hands. Much of typical house work is done today by some appliances. If you want to live off-grid, you probably don’t want to get rid of those appliances. So what should you do?
If you’re building a new off-grid capable house, you must be able to supply all the energy and water used for your appliances. If you don’t want to be 100% grid-independent, you may, for example, want to make your electricity and harvest rainwater, but buy natural gas from the supply network. But in every case you need to precisely identify all your energy and water needs to fulfill those needs somehow. (more…)