For most of us, living entirely off-grid isn’t possible (or desirable). You’ll want at least the bare minimum conveniences living on the grid offers.
At the same time, you want to reduce your electric bills. You know about solar energy’s ability to almost completely take you off the grid, but maybe you can’t afford that right now.
So in the meantime, what can you do to reduce your dependence on the grid?
Here’s some of the top tips:
1. Passive Heating
This means using the sun to heat your home in the winter. And actually, the best you can do is plant deciduous trees which lose their leaves during the winter.
So, this means you have lots of window space facing the sun as the earth rotates. The sun heats your home so you don’t have to use your heating source as much.
If you plant deciduous trees to block the sun during summer, that means the sun doesn’t turn your home into a pressure-cooker then.
But, you’ll want to talk to a landscaper before doing this. That’s because you don’t want to plant trees so close to your home that their roots damage your foundation.
You need to plant the right kind of trees the correct distance from your home. And you’ll need a professional opinion to make a sound decision.
2. Rely on Solar Energy As Much As Possible
This still assumes you’re not installing an entire solar energy system. Short of that, you can rely on solar energy to power your water heater or many of your favorite technological devices.
You can also get many outdoor lighting appliances which have their own solar collectors.
You may not depend solely on solar energy. However, you can use it to reduce your reliance on the grid.
3. Collect Rainwater
Ok, so water doesn’t come from the grid. But you still have to pay for it. You can dig a well, but that costs a big chunk of cash and the water may be polluted (this depends on conditions in your local area).
However, you can build a rainwater collection system. It does take work to do. But, you can use rainwater for many purposes:
Some people will even go as far as using water for showering and drinking. However, you have to know how to treat it so you don’t get sick!
So that guide won’t necessarily get you completely off the grid. But it certainly reduces your dependence on the grid. And it does put some money in your pocket.
Now all you have to do is convince your family it’s a good idea…which might be the hardest part!