Switching to an off-grid solar lifestyle can be a bit of a shock if you’re not familiar with it. Although energy independence and freedom from utility bills are compelling reasons to go off the grid with solar power, this lifestyle may not be right for everyone.
Will “pulling the plug” turn your life upside down, or is it the right choice for your family?
Renting an off-grid solar home could help you decide.
More and more U.S. residents are opting to live year-round without utility-provided power, but some families own energy-independent properties as vacation or second homes.
Owners of remote hunting and fishing lodges and ski cabins in the backcountry may use their properties for only a portion of the year. For the remainder of the year, many of these solar homes are available for rent.
Finding an off-grid home to rent used to require knowing the right person. But since the proliferation of vacation rental booking companies like Airbnb, that’s no longer necessary. A simple internet search can provide you with a range of options. In fact, dedicated off-grid rental search sites are popping up online today.
Once you choose a rental property, plan to truly embrace the off-grid solar lifestyle.
Instead of treating the time as a vacation, live like you would if you owned an off-grid home. Otherwise, you won’t get a true sense of whether a self-sufficient lifestyle is right for your family.
So while you can certainly take advantage of outdoor sports and the property’s amenities, don’t just kick back and unwind. Pay attention to your solar electricity usage and the workings of the photovoltaic system. This will provide a better understanding of the solar lifestyle.
In addition, take note of issues that could crop up while living off the grid, such as water shortages, transportation difficulties and spotty or nonexistent internet service. Brainstorming possible solutions can help you determine whether you should consider living off-grid with solar power.
Reading blogs and articles about this lifestyle can provide you with answers to some of your questions. Speaking to people who live off the grid is also a great way to learn more.
But don’t believe everything you read or hear, because myths and misconceptions abound. The best source of information regarding powering a home with solar energy is an experienced professional contractor.
The experts at Intermountain Wind & Solar can tell you everything you need to know to decide if installing a photovoltaic system and living the solar lifestyle is right for you. Visit our website or give us a call today to learn more about grid-tied or off-grid solar power.
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