Living off the grid means that you are living in a place without modern technology and modem living standards. This means no electricity, no running water, no internet and no telephones. You can decide to live partially or fully off the grid. Living partially off the grid entails you having electricity powered by solar or wind turbines and sometimes having running water.
There are various reasons why people are beginning to choose to live off the grid. They may include; you may be on vacation and require peace and quiet, some have no option because they cannot afford to pay bills such as rent and water, some do it to challenge themselves by keeping the environment green and some just want to get away from the busy and polluted city life.
How to Stay Warm When Living Off Grid
There are various types of shelters you can choose from while off grid. You may choose to live in a vehicle such as an RV or live in a house or cabin. If you are living in a house or cabin, you should have a fireplace or wood stove to use during winter to keep warm and for cooking. You should have a storage room for dry wood which you should collect and store before winter hits. The same applies for when using a RV/trailer. Heat is thereby generated through burning of the wood.
Alternative Heating Options
You should have a heating system in your habitat. In the case of RVs, the heating system is dependent on the battery and is enough to warm up the entire vehicle. A cabin or house may lack a heating system especially if there is no electricity. Some off-grid dwellers choose solar power or wind power as a way to power their homes and, especially, their heating systems during the winter.
Since there is no washing machine and dryer in most off-grid situations, clothes will have to be hand washed and dried near the source of heat which may be an outdoor fire or a battery-operated space heater. Being prepared this way will ensure that you do not run out of dry warm clothes.
Solar Energy Heating
Utilize solar energy by using solar powered generators to charge electrical heaters. Sunlight can also be used as a source of warmth this is achieved through placing the windows in the direction of the sun.
The insulation system should be perfect and reliable or little of the rest of this matters. Have insulation materials as thick as possible and keep backups to seal leaks. For many walls R values are usually between 16 and 32. The higher the R value, the better the insulation. If you’re choosing an RV, it should be well covered on the outside by a thick, but ventilated material. Even bedding and blankets should be covered in ventilated cover especially when the source of power is out. This will keep you warm at all times. The windows should always be closed especially during a long and rough winter but only opened for ventilation when there is lots of reliable warmth in the room.
Though alternative heating and cooling does help lessen a family’s impact on the environment, not every one is fit for living off-grid. If you are looking for heating and cooling options that will save energy and cut down on cooling and heating costs, contact us today to speak to an HVAC expert.