Most Homesteaders Are Missing out on Free Electricity


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Free Electricity for HomesteadersSomething that many homesteaders have in common is that they often live quite some distance from town. This is certainly true in our case.

I still have a full time job in town and I often have to drive my husband to town for doctors appointments.

This amounts to nearly 30,000 miles that we put on our car EVERY YEAR!

Not long after we moved to the boonies my husband realized that all those miles that we were driving could serve double duty.

When you’re homesteading or living off the grid, it’s important to not only look for ways to conserve electricity but also for creative ways to generate it.

Time to Pay Up!

Okay, now it’s time to deliver on my promise of telling you how you can get free electricity.

You’re not going to believe how easy this is to do. All you need to do is install a power inverter in your car or truck and plug a power strip into it!

You can buy the type of inverter that plugs into a 12 volt power outlet in your vehicle but we like the kind that is hard wired into our vehicles to maximize the amount of free power we can get from them.

With these two simple devices installed on our vehicles, we are able to charge flashlights, radios, lamps, electronic devices, batteries of all sizes, power tools, and even a portable battery bank.

If you’re not already taking advantage of this opportunity to charge your batteries and electronic devices while you are driving, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to get free power!

When we were living on the mountain in our off the grid cabin, electricity was costly and consequently, we learned to really appreciate it. By charging rechargeable battery powered camping lanterns on my way to work and back, we had free light during the night.

We didn’t have to spend money on generator gas to charge our other devices either. I hope you’re seeing what a huge opportunity and cost saver this can be. There were actually some days that we didn’t even start our generator at all because we produced all the electricity we needed while we were driving.

If you’re going to spend the money on gas for your commute to town anyway, you might as well make the most of it and harvest the free electricity that your vehicle can produce for you!

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How many of you already do this? If you do, drop a comment in the box below and share your tips!


3 Responses to “Most Homesteaders Are Missing out on Free Electricity”

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  1. Kevin says:

    Actually, the electricity your car irbteuck generates isn’t free, thanks to the Law of conservation of matter and energy. Short version, you are charging your lanterns and such by burning more gasoline. However, that cost is very small, and likely on par withvusing a gas, diesel or propane generator at home, especially a small one. It’s also certainly a better investment than, say, a solar and battery arrangement if your needs are simply light and maybe a small radio or tablet.

    • Patty Hahne says:

      Hi Kevin,

      Thank you for you comment. We haven’t noticed that our car uses any more gas when it’s powering the inverter and charging our devices. If it does use more gas, it’s so insignificant that we don’t even notice it.

  2. James Hodges says:

    I think that it is great to be able to pass on this type of information to those in need. Thank You.

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