A Handy Free Portable Generator Maintenance Checklist Download

One very important element of any renewable energy installation is the backup generator. Regardless of how much you loath the idea of burning fossil fuels for generating electricity, all off grid homes should have some kind of a generator for those days when mother nature is being stingy and just won’t share any energy with us.

Properly maintaining your generator is crucial if you want to know that it will start every time you need it. In today’s post, I’ll be sharing some tips about maintaining a generator. As a bonus, at the end of this post, I’ll provide a downloadable portable generator maintenance checklist for you to print out and use.
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How We Got By Without A Fridge At Our Off The Grid Home

Deep Freezer

Freezers With The Lid On Top Work Best

Some of you who are thinking about going off grid may be wondering how you’ll be able to keep your food cold. It’s no secret that refrigerators demand a fairly significant amount of power to run. If you’re just setting up your off grid system, you might not be able to afford to put a large enough system together to power a refrigerator. They make low energy units that are specially designed for off grid use but they can be really expensive to purchase.

For many years we’ve been able to get by with a much smaller renewable energy system because we figured out a way to eliminate the need to power an electric fridge. It will take a bit of an adjustment but it’s doable and it doesn’t really make things too inconvenient.

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Getting The Longest Life Out Of Your Renewable Energy Battery Bank

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or if you’re just now starting to explore the idea of transitioning from grid power to alternative energy, you can never have too many reminders about the importance of properly maintaining your battery bank.

When we first went off the grid, we didn’t know anywhere near what we should have known. As a matter of fact we thought we had done a fairly good job of educating ourselves but we soon learned exactly how unprepared we really were.

Our First Costly Mistake

hand full of cashThe first big mistake that we made that ended up costing us a lot of money was when we decided that we would like to add a few more batteries to our little battery bank. When we first purchased our cabin, there was a rudimentary system in place that consisted of four 12 volt deep cycle trolling motor batteries. This really wasn’t meeting our needs so we decided that we would increase the size of the battery bank and pick up a few more batteries. We actually purchased four more of the same type of 12 volt deep cycle batteries to add to our system but we quickly learned that we had made a costly mistake.
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How Solar Energy Works In Off Grid Renewable Energy Systems

solar panel array

Array of Solar Panels

If you’re thinking about ditching your power company and generating your own power to use at home, you probably want to know a bit more about how solar energy works and what the parts of a solar energy system actually are.

In today’s article, I’ll be discussing how solar power works as well has what is involved in switching a home or cabin over to solar power. It’s beyond the scope of this article to explain exactly how to install the following equipment in your home. This article is really just an introduction to solar energy systems.

Solar Panels

Solar panels or photovoltaic panels (AKA PV Panels) are the backbone of a solar powered renewable energy system. Many people think that they are the only component of a home that is powered by the sun and while they are the element of the system that actually produces energy, they are only one piece of the puzzle.

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