When we talk about living off the grid, we are referring to using our own renewable energy sources and not needing to draw power of the electric companies’ grid. Every day you hear things like, there is a power shortage, the demand for power increases daily, non-renewable energy sources are being consumed rapidly, and environmental warnings every day about the pollution. This should be enough to tell us that the time has come to do something. So we ask, what can we do about it? Well, this is where living off the grid comes in, if everyone were to use renewable energy sources we would lower the demand on our natural resources thus making them last longer, it would help the environment because renewable energy sources do not pollute, and we could cut down or eliminate our monthly power bills.
Advantages of living off the grid are numerous, first. We can reduce our dependability on our quickly depleting natural resource. Do you like to depend on public utilities for your power needs? If you are living of the grid you would only need to rely on your renewable energy source and would no longer need to rely on the electric companies. What’s wrong with relying on the electric company? Have you ever had a party or maybe even just watching you favorite tv show and in the middle of it the power goes off? Now you find yourself cursing the power company. This wouldn’t happen if you were using an alternative power solution.
A big advantage is the amount of money you could save every month if you didn’t have to pay a power bill. Think about how it would feel if you didn’t have to worry about paying that monthly bill. With solar and wind power solutions at home you could free yourself of the power companies. In some places the excess power you produce can be put back into the grid and the power company would have to pay you for it. Wouldn’t it be great to get a check from a power company instead of having to mail them one?
Another advantage of living off the grid would be that you would be helping the environment.
Most electricity is produced by burning our natural resources like, oil, coal, natural gas, and in some cases even wood. We already know that we are nearing depletion of our natural resource so, if everyone were to start using solar or wind power solutions at home we would greatly reduce the consumption rate making the non-renewable resources last longer. Our children would not have to worry about power shortages knowing we left them renewable energy sources that will be here for a very long time.
Many people think that renewable energy sources are expensive to implement but the fact is that with the advancements in technology the costs of solar power solutions at home as well as wind power solutions at home have become affordable as well as very cost effective. In a short time these systems would pay for themselves, they are low maintenance so, they require very little in the way of maintenance expense and they will most defiantly free you from the power company grip on your check book.
If you have never given solar power solutions at home or wind power solutions at home a thought then the time to start thinking about them is now. At our present rate of consumption of nonrenewable energy sources will be depleted in about 30 to 35 years, leaving our children in the dark.
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