Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Off-the-grid, or not to go off-the grid

That is the question. We were off the grid in NC with one 65 watt solar panel and 3 wall-mart deep-cycle batteries initially. We added two panels and two batteries. This was cheap: less than $2000. Here, we need a bigger system to power a refrigerator/freezer and a water pump for our well and a pressure pump. We need to buy a fridge and freezer, and a holding tank for water. And more batteries, and accessories. We budgeting 10K for this, but this isn't looking like it is enough. And now we're wondering, with a $38/month power bill, is this the best use for our money? Is this still worth it to us and a good idea?

I'll keep you posted. If you have any insights, we'd love to hear them! Sigh...

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