When you talk about alternative energy and living off the grid, a lot of people's first impression is that they will have to give up most of their modern amenities to live in such a fashion. Many more think this is an endeavor solely for granola loving hippies, who accept modest ways that coincide with fewer technologies, TVs, ACs, etc. The truth is, living off the grid is a possibility open to anyone, no matter what the news channel says. Granted, you may have a somewhat larger investment if you are powering three chest freezers and all high-energy appliances, but this would simply mean you need a larger system.
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Using renewable energy sources to produce electricity is a fairly simple process. You need a power source like the sun, wind or water from which you will harness a low voltage direct current (DC) that is then converted, using an inverter, into usable house current (AC). Excess current generated by your system is stored in battery banks where it can be retrieved during times of higher demand or times when the direct energy source is unavailable. Living off the grid with renewable power resources is almost completely automated as well. Except for the maintenance of your batteries, there is almost no special attention needed, other than monitoring your energy use to make sure you do not exceed your supply with your demand. The key to success in living off the grid is making sure you size your system to meet the demand of your energy needs.
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