Posted on 11 March 2020
With the introduction of solar power and other forms of renewable energy, you’ve probably heard the saying “going off the grid” before. But what exactly does this mean? Can households now be completely self-sufficient? If everyone “goes off the grid” will this eliminate climate change?
Before choosing to make the switch, there are a few things you should understand.
This phrase means that a home or business is producing enough renewable energy and is equipped with plenty of storage to meet all their electrical needs, giving them the opportunity to disconnect from the power grid.
Solar battery storage plays an important role in this. Solar panels work hard all day to capture sunlight and turn this into energy, but they do require storage space so the energy can be utilised at night when the sun goes down. This means that instead of going back to the grid at night, you are able to use the electricity generated during the day at night too. As solar battery storage becomes more affordable, renewable energy is becoming more accessible.
There are quite a few benefits when it comes to going off the grid. A few to consider are:
There are a multitude of reasons that homeowners and companies are thinking about making the switch to off-grid living. Solar power is becoming more affordable, making it a cost-effective way for homes to generate their own electricity. Tesla’s recent launch of the cutting-edge Powerwall has captured the attention of the public while simultaneously bringing down the cost of solar battery storage. At the same time, electricity prices are steadily increasing making solar energy more appealing to business and homeowners.
Energy independence doesn’t have to be black and white, in fact there are many homes that install solar and still maintain their connection to the grid. There are essentially two choices you have:
Maximise your solar power and reduce your carbon footprint by installing solar panels for your home and going off the grid. Contact Solar Power Direct for more information on affordable alternatives to fossil fuels.