Off Grid living with solar systems is pure bliss.
I remember the days when I used to live in an off-grid home deep in the Siskiyou wilderness. Although there were many challenges, I have nothing but fond memories of my experience. We lived in three-story dome situated on the end of a ridge overlooking a beautiful valley. The home was in no way basic, as it featured an indoor sauna, satellite internet connection, and a kitchen that would make any chef drool. Everything ran on 8 Kyocera solar modules, an amazing Surrette Rolls battery bank, and an Outback inverter/charge controller. We grew about 70 percent of the food we consumed and never ran out of fresh veggies.
Being your own power company has its unique challenges, yet the creative implications go far deeper than being on your own timeline. Generally speaking, off-grid homes follow more of a natural flow by incorporating passive solar designs and making efficient use of space. Living in a round structure felt completely different than the typical shoebox design I had been used to. There’s just something about right angles that cuts off the natural world We enjoyed more sunlight, increased ventilation, and in the winter, efficient insulation. A diverse collection of functional art made our property just as pleasant to the eyes as it was to our wallets.
The most noticeable difference we all agreed on was that we slept like babies. Once everyone decided to go to sleep, the only thing that was still on the circuit was the refrigerator. I believe that with the minimal electricity flowing around the home, we all slept better. This of course, has not yet been confirmed by modern science, yet if you ever spent a summer night under the stars away from the grid, you know what I mean.