Off Grid Energy Articles

Cooking with Biogas from Home-Scale Biogas Digester

Home-Scale Biogas Production | Free Heat from Organic Waste

When I heard that you can make free gas from kitchen scraps for stoves, heaters, or even propane refrigerators, I knew I had to look in to it. And, I love it! Here is everything you need to know to get started making your own biogas.

June 01, 2020
Is Off Grid Solar Against the Law?

Is Off Grid Solar Legal? | You Might be Surprised…

For those just getting started, you might wonder is it really legal to generate your own power. Surely the government and big corporations have figured out a way to lock you in to a power bill.

May 25, 2020
Solar Charge Controller

Beginners Guide to Solar Charge Controllers | MPPT vs PWM

When I talk to people about designing an off grid solar system, the part people tend to find most confusing is the charge controller. So, today I decided to sit down and describe as simply as possible what a charge controller is, why you need one, and how to choose between all the different options.

May 19, 2020
off grid air conditioning unit

Better Off Grid Air Conditioning | 5 Out of the Box Ideas

As summer approaches, I thought it was time to spend some time researching off grid air conditioning. While traditional AC units are generally quite expensive to run off solar, I though that there must be a better way keep cool off the grid, and I wasn’t disappointed.

April 06, 2020
How Many Solar Panels Do You Need Off Grid

How Many Solar Panels? | Sizing your off grid system

One question that I often hear from people getting started with off grid solar is, “How many panels do I need?” While there is no universal answer, here are some common sizes, and the easy way to figure out exactly how many panel you need.

March 21, 2020
A Complete Guide For Off Grid Solar

Off Grid Solar: A Beginner's Complete Guide (Part 3)

Getting started generating free solar power is really not as hard as it seems. In the last 5 years, I have learned the key concepts of building a low-cost off grid solar system. Now I’ve written everything down right here. Just everything you need to know without the fluff.

March 06, 2020
A Complete Guide For Off Grid Solar

Off Grid Solar: A Beginner's Complete Guide (Part 2)

Getting started generating free solar power is really not as hard as it seems. In the last 5 years, I have learned the key concepts of building a low-cost off grid solar system. Now I’ve written everything down right here. Just everything you need to know without the fluff.

March 03, 2020
A Complete Guide For Off Grid Solar

Off Grid Solar: A Beginner's Complete Guide

Getting started generating free solar power is really not as hard as it seems. In the last 5 years, I have learned the key concepts of building a low-cost off grid solar system. Now I’ve written everything down right here. Just everything you need to know without the fluff.

March 02, 2020
DIY Off Grid Micro-hydro Power System

Off Grid Hyrdo-Electric & Micro-Hydro How-To Guide

While building up my own off grid homestead, I wondered if off grid micro-hydro might be a good match for my needs. With more consistent power generation and less visibility, micro hydro can be a good power source. Let me share what I’ve found with you.

February 15, 2020
Effects of Solar Panel Tilting Diagram

Solar Panel Tilt Angle by Zip Code and City

This table shows the optimum solar panel angle from dead flat for every US zip code and most cities. This angle optimizes the average yearly power output for fixed solar panel facing south at the given angle.

November 04, 2019
Optimum Tilt Angle For Off Grid Solar Panels to Maximize Energy

Solar Panel Tilt Angle for Maximum Power - On Grid & Off Grid Systems

One big mistake people commonly make when design and setting up their own off grid or on grid solar system is to not take in to account proper panel angle. It may seem simple at first glance, but facing your panels at the wrong tilt can cost you a lot in lost power if you aren’t careful.

November 03, 2019
Solar Shading of Off Grid Solar Panels at Sunset

Why Solar Panel Shading is a Big Deal

Shade is the enemy of solar panels, but common in lush green homesteads and farmsteads of the off grid community. Even small amounts can destroy power output of solar systems. Let me walk you through what shade does to your solar system.

October 18, 2019
Nickel Iron Edison Batteries

Nickel Iron Batteries For Off Grid Energy Systems

Nickel iron batteries are a century old technology that has profound potential impact for off grid energy systems. The weakest point of renewable energy production, batteries systems are typically expensive, fragile, toxic, and fail relatively quickly. Iron batteries, however, once the darling of famous inventor Thomas Edison, solve many of these problems and seem to be prefect for off grid energy systems.

October 12, 2019
Refrigerator Dc System Urlta Efficient Design

Ultra Efficient Refrigerator Freezer Design For Self Sufficiency

Although there are a number of option for low power consumption refrigeration technologies when going off grid, there are none that tick all the boxes of a low cost, sustainable solution. In this articles I’ll introduce my DIY ultra efficient refrigerator / freezer design.

October 07, 2019
Off Grid Yurt with Electrical Panel

Introduction to Off Grid Electrical Systems

To the uninitiated, there can be a bewildering amount of terminology surrounding electricity and electronics. Below I’m going to give a simple description of the most basic terms you need to know to understand and set up your off grid electrical system.

October 04, 2019
Solar Panels on Off Grid Home

Total Cost Of Off Grid Solar Photovoltaic Systems

The first thing people think of when they consider going off grid is the cost of installing solar panels to meet their power needs. But, when budgeting for such a system, it can be hard figure out what you actually need, and how to save money. I’ve done the research for you, and give a plane answer to how much solar power will actually cost.

June 27, 2019