Continuing the discussion from Opinions: battery powered:
I thought a topic about off-grid living might be interesting following mention in the thread above.
Currently I live with one grid service (electricity) with rest being off-grid. I think electricity is maybe the hardest one to sort out both in terms of cost and potential impact on lifestyle. I like the idea of not using more energy than necessary although I think my wife-to-be might get a bit unhappy if we ran out of electricity on a cold winter night!
So, for the moment, grid electricity will stay. I do plan to start experimenting with solar energy though for a small workshop and polytunnel irrigation system I want to build myself and maybe scale that up over time to cover as much of our electricity use as possible…
Other off-grid type things I plan to do include rainwater harvesting and some grey water recycling (bath/shower/sink water will be used in the toilet cistern before heading to the septic tank). I’m also hoping to adopt some earthship methods for keeping the workshop mentioned above warm - mainly wall mass and the south facing greenhouse section.
I’d love to read other’s experiences and thoughts on the topic.