Off The Grid Power Alternatives

 

by Shane White

 

Power is a necessity that we have all become accustomed to. If you are reading this article, you cannot deny that you are at least somewhat dependent on electricity. When doomsday, or any other short term event strikes, the first thing to go is often power. Fortunately, there are many things that you can do to get electricity after doomsday.

 

Diesel Generator – A diesel generator is a simple option. They come in several sizes and are readily available for a few hundred bucks on up. The only big issue here is that it needs a constant supply of fuel so you will need to have access to this.

 

Solar Panels – Solar lately seems to be becoming more and more of an inexpensive option to keeping your home powered. Solar panels do need a clear and direct path to the sun. Their effectiveness typically depends on how near you are to the equator. It will be more efficient if you can track the sun with them, but this is usually an add on.

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Wind Generator – Your grandparents might have used a windmill to pump water from their well or an underground water source. Today, you can use a wind generator to provide power to your house. A wind generator’s effectiveness is dependent on how much wind is in your area. To help determine if you are in a good area for wind power, check out http://www.windsolarenergy.org/map-of-best-locations-for-wind-power.htm.

 

Hydro Generator – This is a generator that converts flowing water to electricity. As long as you have water that can move continually, you can set up a hydroelectric generator.

 

Biogas Generator – Organic waste such as food leftovers, animal waste, or plant waste can be converted into biogas. This gas can be used for lamps, cooking, heat, or anywhere natural gas is used with minimal modifications to your gas appliances. You can also use it with a generator to generate electricity. After the material is depleted of gas, you can use it in your garden as fertilizer. This one might be a little more complicated to set up, and there are several vastly different ideas on how to set one up online.

 

Residential Fuel Cell – A residential fuel cell at this time is not an inexpensive option, nor is it simple. It is, however, the “greenest” option. Basically, it combines hydrogen and oxygen and converts it into electricity, heat and water.

 

As with any power source, there is some calculating that you will need to do to make sure you have all the power you need. You will need to figure out what the load is on all the appliances that you need to have powered. There are also load calculators online. One can be found at http://www.electricalknowledge.com/SFDLoadCalc.asp. If you are still not sure, talk to someone who knows more about electricity.

 

Several of these power sources can be used all year and supplement, or completely power your home all year long. Many areas will even allow you to sell back the excess power to the power companies. This will be a nice savings to your electric bill through the year.

 

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