We had no idea what that would really entail. We knew what was already set up there would not be appropriate for what we would need power wise in the future,and that we would have to in reality start from scratch.
We then purchased after time 8 X 200 watt solar panels ,an inverter and a controller and 12 X 2 volt ,1000 amp hour batteries to give us a reasonably good 12 volt system.These were all chinese produced bought on ebay..
One day,we had arrived up at the farm to find our fridge and freezer shut down and all the contents spoiled as our wonderful chinese inverter had died. ,Oh what a smell and mess, took ages to be rid of it,e buried the meat in a big hole and had to spend weeks de-smelling the appliances.
Best move we ever made, everything has been running like a dream ever since.
We have since purchased 6 more of the big blue batteries, but need still another 6 so that we will have two 24 volt battery banks.
Sadly Uncle Ernie passed away last year after a very long battle with prostate cancer. He is greatly missed. RIP Ernie.
While we were on a roll with the solar stuff, we decided to add a solar panel to the roof ,controller inside and batteries under the seat of our caravan so that we can travel and be independent of caravan parks and electricity.This works brilliantly.
We intend to add a cool room later on,which will probably require a seperate inverter and battery bank of it's own, so that it is isolated from the house grid .
We find that living off the grid is wonderful, our battery bank allows us to run, fridge ,freezer,tv, dvd,computer,lights,microwave,washing machine ect.
If we want to run heavier power draw items like irons, toaster, hairdryers,vacumn cleaners and other things like that, we start up our back up generator for these.
Living off grid is wonderful, it is great knowing that we are producing all our own power are are not reliant on the electricity grid for anything.
So if you are sitting on the fence trying to decide wether to try off grid living or not ,then all I can say is do it !! you will never be sorry.
So folks, until we meet again,
Cheers to everyone,
P.S. Just wanted to add an update to this. Since writing this blog entry we have added again to our battery bank. We Travelled to Sydney last week and purchased 7 more batteries to add to our grid.(6 plus a spare)
Every little step we take now will make a huge difference to our lifestyle down the line.
Must move on.
Cheers to everyone once again,