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#1 The new me

Posted 23 November 2014 - 05:59 PM

I was wondering if anyone here lives off grid?

We have bought a little farm and it is off grid, this is something we have always talked about doing (if we built a house on a property without power) so making the decision to buy the property was not a big issue

We settle in a week and will need to adapt our lives to living off grid - which we are very excited about, and was wondering if anyone had any particular tips?

The system is quite small and we will be upgrading hopefully before xmas, at the moment we have the option of upgrading the existing system, or putting in a new system and selling the current system - but I wouldn't know where to sell the existing system - eBay or trading post I assume?

Anyway look forward to talking with anyone who has experience in this area

Thanks
Anna


#2 joy07

Posted 30 November 2014 - 04:02 PM

HI Anna, congrats on starting your new life living off grid.  I think it is a dream of many people, but hard to now where to start or what to do.

What state are you in and if you don't mind, roughly where in that state is our property?

Here is a facebook group you might be interested in

https://www.facebook.com/Aussieoffgrid

#3 Caribou

Posted 30 November 2014 - 04:10 PM

I would start by contacting solar specialist to come out and recommend what is best. Have a look at the grid and see who it's made by/installed by, there might be something there, and get some quotes for a new grid and for working with an existing grid.

Congrats, sounds like a fantastic opportunity!

#4 tothebeach

Posted 30 November 2014 - 04:17 PM

Not the same as you but we spent 12 months living in our camper trailer using solar as our primary source of energy to charge up our dual battery system.  In the 12 months, we didn't plug into mains power at all.

We learnt to use all energy efficient devices (LED lights etc).  We had to limit our use of electronic devices as they are real energy suckers and we only had a dual battery system.

However, the solar panels were great!   When in full sun, they would charge up our batteries in no time and we could happily work on the laptop.   We had issues when we were in shade or it was cloudy.

However, these could be overcome by having a large battery storage system so that you can store energy for longer or by having mains power as a backup.

#5 The new me

Posted 01 January 2015 - 06:06 PM

Thanks for the replies
Here is a little update

Settlement happened, then about a week later we had a minor flood overflowing our dams over the driveway
We had a bigger system installed about mid Dec but it is not working right yet, we have enough power for everything but the batteries just aren't fully charging, the solar company has been working with us and has not been fully paid yet so they have a bit of incentive to get it right

We managed to sell the previous system on gum tree which  was pretty amazing - found a buyer straight away :)

We have been transitioning all the light globes to LED and have bought a much more efficient tv and fridge,

Joy - we are in Vic

Regards
Anna

#6 shannonhill

Posted 20 May 2016 - 08:59 PM

View Posttothebeach, on 30 November 2014 - 04:17 PM, said:

Not the same as you but we spent 12 months living in our camper trailer using solar as our primary source of energy to charge up our dual battery system.  In the 12 months, we didn't plug into mains power at all.

We learnt to use all energy efficient devices (LED lights etc).  We had to limit our use of electronic devices as they are real energy suckers and we only had a dual battery system.

However, the solar panels were great!   When in full sun, they would charge up our batteries in no time and we could happily work on the laptop.   We had issues when we were in shade or it was cloudy.

However, these could be overcome by having a large battery storage system so that you can store energy for longer or by having mains power as a backup.

That sounds exciting. We thought about going off grid on our trip, but my hussie needs to be on his laptop quite often, and it's difficult with just solar power.

Gotta try it out some day.




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