Ways to Survive Off Grid

  • Posted on Jul 15, 2018

You may have rigged your survivalist camps for your doomsday prep but have you considered how you might survive if you were to lose power or live completely off grid?

Living off grid doesn’t have to mean living as though you were stepping back in time to the days before electricity was invented. Renewable energy and today’s modern technology means that you can essentially live a similar life off grid as if you were getting your power from the electrical grid. This means you can power up your electrical items, cook food, light up your camp, and even keep your phone charged (whether you’ll have a network signal for your phone is a different matter but that depends where you are and the nature of your environment).

Solar Power

You may already be familiar with solar power, whether it’s in the form or outdoor lighting or battery chargers. Solar panels can be a great way of harnessing the power of the sun and generating electricity to use inside your survivalist camp. To power up your camp you would need solar panels, a battery and an inverter. The inverter is what converts the current from the photovoltaic solar panels into AC current to be used to power your gadgets.

Bear in mind that solar panels will need to be placed in a south facing position, so they can benefit from the longer hours of sunlight to produce the maximum level of power.

Wind Power

People have been using the power of the wind for several centuries, often with windmills that were used in farming.

Harnessing the power of the wind can be a great way of generating electricity off grid, especially if you find yourself in a particularly windy area. Wind speeds will vary across the country and even locally, so you might want to investigate this for yourself before deciding if it might be a good idea.

If you decide wind power is the way to go, you would need a turbine, which would then generate your electricity. The wattage and size of the turbine you’ll need will depend on how much electricity you need it to produce. Small wind turbines for home use usually range from around 400 watts up to 20 kilowatts. Keep in mind that the higher the wattage the more space you’ll need to accommodate larger rotors.

It’s also possible to combine the wind turbine with other sources of power, such as solar power, so that you have a hybrid system and can generate power in different conditions.

Hydro Power 

Hydro power has been used to generate power for hundreds of years, mostly in the form of water mills that harnessed the power of a river or stream in order to power mechanical systems used in manufacturing.

It works in a similar way to wind power, except that it’s running water that provides the energy source instead of the wind. This can work particularly well for off grid living, as long as you have a constant source of running water. Because of the consistent flow of the river or stream, you could be likely to generate more energy than if you were reliant on solar or wind power.

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