I do not know whether you have ever thought of it, but you can get off the grid. The electricity grid that is. Is it anything that you are interested in? For some people, getting off the grid is the Holy Grail of modern life. We all believe that we are being milked dry by the energy firms and our soldiers are being killed on a daily basis to secure the West’s supply of oil.
We refer to the power grid when we say “the grid”. It is the linked system that is supposed to deliver electricity to the people. Every general house has a power supply, access to natural gas and water; and not to forget, telephone. Living off the grid would mean not using these facilities and creating their own energy. For example; you are living off the grid when you are not having a water supply line at your home and are relying on the sewage and city water. Digging wells and using the cistern system for water supply is another way in which you can live off the grid.
This process brings much of the debate over the construction of salt caverns. First off, millions of gallons of water must be used to create the cavern, and secondly the location as to where the saltwater goes. People are concerned it may dry up their water sources or even pollute them.
Self-sufficiency: To produce as much of the basic necessities of living from the time and space you can comfortably use. To use as much of the technology that is practical for the production of energy company and to reduce the use of energy.
Next, you have water which covers the majority of the surface of the Earth. There is also the additional moisture and rainfall that can be collected as time goes by. There is energy found in the water as it moves along and this can be converted into energy at hydropower plants, and also by using the power of the waves to generate other forms of energy.
Although people think alternative energy is ‘new’ it really is not. We have used this energy source long before we even knew electricity. Just think about drying your washed clothes outside in the sun. In fact, many of us still use this method to dry clothes and there is nothing wrong with this. Drying your clothes this way will save a lot of electricity!
When washing your clothes, opt for the cold water setting. This simple action can save up to 80% of the energy used to wash laundry. As if this isn’t compelling enough, consider going one step further: by air drying your clothes, you are reducing your household’s carbon footprint by an almost inconceivable 2,400 pounds each year.