Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Officially Off-the-Grid

We are officially off the electric grid now!

About one month ago we disconnected. Unfortunately, we don't have a pv system yet so we are still heavy on the fossil fuel grid. Sigh.

It's been a learning curve.

Keeping the batteries maintained. Making sure we have gas for the generator (which we affectionately call "geny"). Remembering to take our power cord with us to charge the laptop at the library, etc. Weaning ourselves off watching movies in the evening to conserve on fuel used to power the geny which charges the laptop. So much to think about!

It sure will be nice to generate our own solar power soon!


Anonymous said...

When we were first off the grid we had 2 batteries and a small inverter from Wal Mart. We swapped the battery in our vehicle every time we went far enough to give the battery a good charge. That saved having to run the generator as much. We were so excited when we got those first solar panels!
Best of luck to you, there is definitely a learning curve!

The Beers said...

Thanks for the encouragement and good idea for battery charging!