When it comes to off-grid living, you can find a variety of power options to meet your electrical needs. In many parts of the world people are turning to solar power as it is a reasonable green option, but the panels need to re used in conjunction with storage batteries or converted by a solar battery inverter into AC power which can be used to run appliances.
Another good green option is to harness wind power and convert it into electricity. The wind turbine when in motion powers a generator which can either top up batteries or power appliances directly.
Similar to wind turbines you can use micro hydro energy if you have access to flowing water on your land. Both energy sources may also need to be converted from DC to AC to power your devices.
The next source for heating or cooling is a geothermal system taking heat from the earth in colder periods and using it as a heat sink in hotter seasons. The heat is drawn from buried pipes and concentrated and circulated via a heat pump.
You may also need an emergency back up or mobile option so we will tell you what we think is the best generator for off grid living. Whilst generators are not a great green option it is probably a good idea to have a plan B if you are in a remote area or likely to experience extreme weather, your life could depend on it.
There are three main fuel options to power your generator; diesel, petrol and propane with diesel and petrol being the easier fuels to obtain.
Finding the best generator for off grid living will depend on various factors such as the amount of power you will need, portability and finance so here are a few that may prove suitable.
Westinghouse WGen7500 Portable Generator, SereneLife Portable Generator, 155Wh Power Station, Generac 7117 Gp2200I W 50St Inverter, Orange, WEN 56200i Super Quiet 2000-Watt Portable Inverter Generator, CARB Compliant, Westinghouse WGen9500 Portable Generator, Powermate PM2000 49ST, Champion 3800-Watt Dual Fuel Portable Generator, A-iPower 12000 Watt Portable Generator and WEN 56203i 2000-Watt Portable Inverter Generator w/Fuel Shut Off.
Work out what you will need the generator to do then check out the specs to work out which will be the best fit for you.