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.
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.
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.
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.
The video below covers several days of work. Some of the install highlights include:
So many powered devices are USB rechargeable that it just makes sense to have a portable solar charger. As long as you’ve got some sunshine, you can keep these tools running.
Today, Chris Tanner of PREPAREDMIND101 looks at Anker’s PowerPort Solar and PowerPort Solar Lite USB solar panel chargers.