Yes, it’s a big deal going off-grid solar. No, we do not have to live like cavemen to have the next few years electricity bill free. These and other pressing issues dealt with here.
How long will an off-grid solar system last?
The life of your batteries is the bit you need to watch. With regular maintenance and floating (getting to 100%) them everyday, they should last 15 to 20 years.
Do you have a plasma TV/washing machine/hairdryer/microwave etc?
Yes. I also have two teenage children who like to use all of the above. Well, except the washing machine. The only appliance I don’t have that you’ll find in most households is a tumble dryer and that’s mainly because my old one broke and I haven’t got around to replacing it.
Are you hippies?
Although some days I dream of packing the caravan and running away to Nimbin, we’re not what you’d define as hippies. Hubby & I are both tertiary educated professionals with white-collar jobs and the kids are rapidly growing teenagers. The average family. However, I would describe myself as an environmentalist, which I define as someone who cares about what they’re doing to the planet.
How big is your house?
It’s an average Aussie home. Around 38 squares all up, including the garage. For anyone not versed in
this measurement, that’s four bedrooms, three bathrooms, laundry, TV room & library nook. Download as a PDF here – HousePlanFloorPlan2
How do you heat/cool it?
Lots of insulation and double glazing means the house is pretty good throughout the year. For hot days we have ceiling fans in each room. For super hot days we have friends with a pool. For winter we have two wood fires…and yes, I realise they’re carbon emitters, but we try to use them as little as possible.
How do you cook?
Like everyone else who owns a Jamie Oliver cookbook. A six hob gas stovetop and oven is our preferred method. Microwave comes in handy too.