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Once you have paid down the initial investments, the savings from off grid living can be significant. While people who live in conventional homes pay monthly for using things like water, electricity and waste disposal, people who live fully off the grid will pay nothing or very little monthly.

The average home spends anywhere from $150 to $500 a month on electricity, or $1,800 to $6,000 a year. Water and waste can cost $60 a month on average or $720 a year. Natural gas will set you back $82 a month or $984 a year. All together bills, not including rent or mortgage, average out to about $5,604 per year for the average family. That’s a hefty savings!

The cost of building a home off the grid can cost a fraction of what homes in the city cost. With the average home price sitting at around $350,000 and rising every year, alternative living can mean significant savings.

Depending on the way you want to live, the price for most off-grid homes and land is anywhere from $100,000 to $200,000. If you take into account the fact that most people spend an additional $70,000 on off-grid upgrades, you are still sitting below the national home price average and will not need to pay monthly bills.

If you can grow your own food and raise your own livestock you can expect to have very low monthly overheads.

Once you decide to live off the grid, be prepared for a large commitment. However, the rewards can be immense. Aside from the monetary benefits, people living off-the-grid enjoy a more self-sufficient lifestyle, independent from the state.

Lowering your carbon footprint and living a naturally healthier lifestyle is also something you can look forward to if you are living off the grid. Because you are growing and raising your own food, you know exactly what is going into your body.

If you choose an off the grid lifestyle today you will have security in the future should anything happen to the food and water supply or electrical grid. Once the initial costs are paid off, you will no longer have to worry about monthly bills and may be able to work part-time or work on your homestead exclusively.

If this lifestyle is for you, it can be one of the most rewarding experiences you ever choose!

While any solar panel will work in cloudy conditions, there are certain options that are able to work better. There are currently three main types of solar panels available on the market today, Monocrystalline PV, Polycrystalline PV, and Amorphous (or Thin Film).

These three technologies differ in how they’re manufactured, and the quality of the silicon used. Each of these also has differing levels of efficiency, sensitivity to light, overall size, and cost.

Of the three, Monocrystalline is the best for cloudy days. This is because the cells used in their construction are made of the highest quality of silicon, while the crystals used are formed from a single item. This ensures that the electrons produced are able to flow and move far more freely, creating a higher rate of electricity.

Tina Yu

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