Off-Grid Essentials Part One: Evaluating Your Power Consumption
For many, the concept of separating themselves from the ever-present chaos of modern technology and going “off-grid” seems idealistic. Whether you’re debating taking the plunge and going as remote as possible, or simply looking for viable ways to reduce your carbon footprint and live more sustainable, there are a few key points to consider before making the shift. As a supplier to those looking to make this unique lifestyle change, Fire Pit Fundamentals has compiled a 3-part series of the essentials you need to know if you’re considering the off-grid shift. Read on to find out more!
Step One:Evaluate Your Regular Power Consumption
Accurate power consumption records are an essential asset if you’re thinking of going off-grid. Try to gather up at least 12 months’ worth of power bills and write down the amount of kilowatt hours consumed. This will help you understand how much power you’ll need to supplement in the absence of traditional utilities. Look to your most demanding power sources, as well as your most frequently used: Can’t live without your laptop or video game system? You’ll need to find a way to supply power to those, along with (if you choose) a dishwasher and a form of clothes washing.
After Finishing Your Initial Assessment, Consider Any Changes that May Impact Your Numbers in the Near Future.
Kids moving out? Already looking at downsizing into a smaller home or implementing other significant changes to a greener lifestyle? These are all factors that will directly impact your power consumption. Fewer people in the home generally means less energy expenditure, and a smaller home will cost less to power as well. If you’re considering jumping on the minimalist train and forgoing many of your current luxuries that use utilities, you may be looking at a reduced need for power supplementation. These are all things that you’ll want to keep in mind when planning to move off-grid
While evaluating your power usage can seem like a daunting task at first, and even a point of discouragement for potential enthusiasts, bear in mind that at the very least, this will give you a chance to go over your current lifestyle and make an informed decision as to whether or not living fully off grid is a viable option for you. If it is, you now having a starting point to decide what you absolutely need to power, and what you can leave behind. Similarly, even if some of your necessities make living completely remote unlikely, the exercise will open your eyes to areas that you can change. Options like solar panels provide a great place to start. For those looking to get some help accurately estimating their current energy usage, as well as projected future amounts, Fire Pit Fundamentals invites you to contact us today. We ship all throughout Canada, and are happy to ensure you make a decision with the most accurate information possible.
Now that you know a little more about assessing your power, be sure to check back for our second blog highlighting lifestyle and practical aspects to ponder before making the off-grid jump!