Off The Grid: Modern Homes + Alternative Energy by Lori RykerI didnt hate this, but just found it a little light on hard information. I had flipped through it before picking it up and saw a couple of very small houses, off the grid because they are so far from everything else that they have to be. But it turns out that these are merely vacation homes for people who live elsewhere, presumably very much on the grid. In fact, my biggest issue with the book is that it features high end construction. The final house was made entirely of glass and steel, so while there may be some good ideas and pretty pictures, there is not much that can be implemented on a budget. To see what you can do when money is not an object, this book does a great job, but there are certainly no earthships here.
Off The Grid: Modern Homes + Alternative Energy
In the modern age, sometimes it feels as though it would be impossible to leave everything behind and live a more self-fulfilling, and self-sufficient, lifestyle. Smartphones, cars, and constant food, water, and energy supplies have all contributed towards an existence that is reliant upon these things every day and night; without them, we would probably struggle to live our lives in a way that felt comfortable. However, there are ways of regaining our independence from the modern world around us without compromising our quality of life — going off-grid is one of them. Together with Flogas, specialists in LPG canisters, we take you through exactly how living off-grid can be easier than you think. Solar energy is a reliable form of power that can produce around 3,kWh of free electricity every year. If you have small children, then a 3kW to 4kW solar panel system will produce the required amount of energy for a family home, whereas a 2kW to 3kW solar panel will produce enough energy for smaller homes with fewer people living in them. You should also look to install a backup power supply in the form of a generator or a gas cylinder ; this can be utilised on cloudy days or if your solar panels stop working for any reason.
Step 2: The Smart Way to Go Off Grid - Water Heating
Going off-grid doesn't mean you have to sacrifice luxury living. More and more people are escaping the hectic modern world by moving into Earthships. Step inside and explore these remarkable houses designed for living off the land Listening to news stories about mounting rubbish piles and the lack of affordable housing, he realised that by combining the two issues, both could be tackled head-on. He set up Earthship Biotecture, which is now the world's pioneering company in homes of this kind.