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10 Things We Wish We’d Known Before Going Off Grid

Off Grid Reality

Nick Fouch and Esther Emery, the YouTube channel Fouch-o-matic Off Grid couple, have been living off the grid since 2013. In the video below they discuss–with solutions–10 things they wish they knew before beginning their homestead adventure.

Actually, they already sorta knew all this, but some of the details of the actual implementation took them by surprise … sometimes.

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10 Things To Really Know Beforehand

1) Solar power is easier than you think. It does work.

2) Plants can’t grow without soil; and if you don’t have good soil, you’ve got to make it. Think organic matter.

3) Water runs downhill, so a spring “up there” means water “down here”. A water system is easier than you think.

4) Carrying water is grueling and “demoralizing” work… figure out plumbing any way you can. Especially for winter months.

5) Batteries run out. LED lights only “sip” off a battery bank, and rechargeable items (like headlamps) are more efficient than packs of AA batteries.

The VIDEO And Items 6 Through 10 On The Next Page:

[Video] SunDanzer Solar Freezer

From Sun To Ice Cubes

In a previous video, Engineer775 and his crew installed a 3-array off grid solar system for a homeowner client. In the video below, he talks about the SunDanzer direct current (dc) powered freezer installed in the same household.

They’re using this freezer unit to minimize the load on the inverter. The inverter coverts dc power from the batteries to alternating current (ac) for powering the rest of the home.

Essentially, this freezer uses power directly from the batteries (and charge controllers) … almost direct from the sun.

VIDEO On The NEXT PAGE

[Video] Building A 10KW Off Grid Solar System

3 Arrays And Interior Power Room

The Engineer775 crew install a 3-array off grid solar system. The arrays face SSE, South, and Southwest taking full advantage of the Sun’s sky path.

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Off Grid Control Panels

The video below covers several days of work. Some of the install highlights include:

  • Installation details of the Schletter array mounts,
  • Solar panel and “combiner” installs,
  • Why they use flooded lead acid batteries instead of lithium ion (Tesla), and
  • Power room details with Magnum inverters and three synced controllers.

Quick VIDEO Of Installation On The NEXT PAGE

Off Grid Reality Gut Check

One Family’s Off Grid Lifestyle

An excellent view of one family’s off grid reality lifestyle. This is a close-up of deep woods prep that includes:

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Off Grid Reality

  • the rough cut road
  • their solar power array and electrical hookups
  • power conservation
  • a pump and boosters that pull well water from 100′ away
  • temporary “make-do” setups
  • the start of the family’s septic system
  • a wood chip gasifier, and
  • fruit tree plantings.

Watch the video to get a true reality check of what off grid living means to one family. Not as romantic as some might think … but an inspiring example of what can be done.

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Source & Images: engineer775 Practical Preppers