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02/20/2019 / By Mary Miller
Whether you’re planning your own homestead or simply living off the grid, you’ve probably considered getting your own alternative source of energy. If you haven’t, then it’s high time that you should. Here are some of the best alternative sources of energy that you can use if you plan to sustainably live off the grid. (h/t to ModernSurvivalBlog.com.)
One of the most eco-friendly sources of energy is solar power. It involves using solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to harness the energy of the sun and convert it into electricity. You may have to pay a lot for the initial investment, but it will be worth it in the long run, considering how much you will be able to save on your utility bills. Solar panels can last for around 20 years, or even more if they properly maintained. As long as the sun it is out, you will always be able to have access to clean and sustainable energy. You can also harness the sun’s power in other ways for cooking and heating purposes. If you have a solar oven, you can use this to cook without using any electricity. With the right materials, you can even make your own solar-powered water heater. (Related: Here are a few ideas for using solar energy around your home.)
If you happen to live in an area that is often buffeted by strong gusts of wind, wind power will likely be an ideal source of energy for you. You can either buy or build your own windmills or wind turbine generators to harness the power of the wind. If you are fortunate enough to live in a windy area that also gets a lot of sun, you can use the wind turbine generators to supplement the energy that you get from your solar panels. However, windmills will inevitably require more maintenance than solar panels. Unlike solar panels, windmills have moving parts that can be prone to gradual wear and tear. They are also more likely to break down or sustain damage from constant use.
This alternative source of energy might not be feasible for a lot of preppers and homesteaders, but if you happen to live somewhere that has access to a source of running water, then you will be able to greatly benefit from water power. If the water comes from a high enough vertical drop, you can use a ram pump or gravity pump to provide a renewable source of energy. You can even use the pump to potentially move your water to other locations, such as to a cistern, for storage or irrigation purposes.
Generators come in different forms. You can have an ordinary generator that runs on gasoline. However, since this will likely use up a lot of fuel, it is best limited to short-term use. If you are mechanically inclined, you can even rig up a bicycle generator that can run on pedal power. All you have to do is use a stationary bicycle to turn the front wheel, which then powers a generator flywheel to provide electricity. As long as you keep pedaling, you can create your own electricity. It is also an excellent way to get into shape at the same time. Solar-powered generators are often more portable and can be used as a back-up generator in case of emergencies.
Learn more about other alternative sources of energy by going to OffGrid.news.
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